Small group day tour Canterbury, Leeds Castle and Dover from London

Small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers, guaranteed departures year round, every Tuesday


Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral: small group tours including Leeds Castle and Dover

Canterbury, Leeds Castle and White Cliffs of Dover tour highlights

  • Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral included

  • Entry to Leeds Castle and grounds included

  • Walking tour of Canterbury

  • Visit to White cliffs of Dover & Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

  • Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

  • Guaranteed departures, no minimum numbers, maximum 16 people

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Why choose this small group tour?

- In this small touring bus your driver will take you on more scenic routes, seeing countryside the larger tour buses do not get to see.

- A personalised guiding service means you get a much more tailored service leaving you with a day you won't forget.

 

Tour days, times, pick up/ drop off points

Runs April to October every Tuesday.

 

Departure times/ locations in London

- 7.20am - Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (nearest underground Gloucester Road)

- 7.30am - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

- 7.45am - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

 

Return time/ location

London Victoria Train Station by around 6pm.

 

Victoria Train Station is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.


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Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens of England - Canterbury, Leeds Castle and Dover Tour - what to expect

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury

On leaving London we travel over the Weald of Kent, past hop fields, orchards and Oast Houses to the city of Canterbury for a guided tour within its ancient walls and entry included to Canterbury Cathedral.

 

Inside Canterbury Cathedral your guide will tell you of St Augustine and the baptism of King Ethelbert in the year 597 as well as the brutal murder of St Thomas Becket in 1170.

 

Beckett's martyrdom of course lead to Canterbury Cathedral becoming the centre of one of the most important medieval pilgrimages in Europe, and inspiration for Geoffrey Chaucer's famous work, The Canterbury Tales.

 

You will see the many tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV.

 

Elsewhere in the city there will be time to explore the castle, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses in the medieval city centre.

Canterbury - more about


Dover

It is a short drive of only thirty minutes or so from Canterbury to the historic port of Dover. We take a photo stop at Dover Castle, a fortress and known as the key to England.

Capel-le-Ferne

Capel-le-Ferne


From here we make a stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial, the National Memorial to the Few. Here at Capel-le-Ferne it is a place for quiet reflection, with expansive views out to France as well as the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

 

The memorial recalls a less peaceful time, from July - October 1940, when the skies above Kent were witness to outstanding acts of bravery as nearly 3,000 men tried to change the course of World War II.

 

The idea for a memorial came from one of the Few who survived, Wing Commander Geoffrey Page. He had been just twenty when he was shot down, a typical age for the fighters. You will learn of “Hellfire Corner”, the area where so much of the fighting took place.

 

This was where the memorial idea was conceived, and finally after much fundraising, it was opened - with Geoffrey Page present - in 1993, by her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. You will be reminded of the words Winston Churchill - “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few."

Dover - more about


Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Finally it is another short 30 minute journey to Leeds Castle, set within an island on a natural lake.

Leeds castle was described as the "loveliest castle in the world" by Lord Conway, an explorer in 1913. It has a history stretching back a thousand years, where the original stone castle was laid in the time of William the Conqueror's son, Henry I.

 

Leeds Castle was once a Royal residence for six of England's medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the rich and powerful. The setting is simply idyllic.

 

The Norman castle was built on two small islands, in the middle of a lake, and is surrounded by a vast estate.

 

After a guided tour through the gardens there will be plenty of free time to explore the castle and maze at the very centre of which is an exquisite underworld grotto, based on the classical theme, Ovid's Metamorphosis.

Leeds Castle - more about

 

The small group tour difference

International Friends Small Group Tour Bus

Small Group Tour Bus

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful countryside.


The small group size means your guide can offer a more personalised guiding service. So don't hang back, ask your questions and you'll be helping the guide tune their commentaries to the interest of the group on board that day, every group is different!

 

Another advantage of a small bus is we can go places the big tours cannot and wherever possible we'll head off down a country lane to to show some hidden gem.

 

Prices & tour reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour.

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Sometimes on special occasions there may be slight changes to the tour, dates or price so do check on the booking page linked below. Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation.

 

The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.


On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.


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Alternative Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover Castle tour

Includes private viewing of Leeds Castle

This tour includes a private viewing of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public, and a Thames River Cruise from Greenwich to Embankment Pier.

(Note this is not a small group tour.)

 

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