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This tour ventures south-east of London, covering an area often called the Garden of England. The stops visited are as different as the landscape you drive through and the informative guide will give you the insights into what you are witnessing that make the experience.
On this special tour you can enjoy a private viewing of Leeds Castle, prior to it opening to the public. You will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl and black swans.
You will make a brief photo-stop at the White Cliffs of Dover, before heading on to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Unusually this coach tour finishes with a river cruise back to the heart of London from Greenwich. You'll pass under Tower Bridge and have many photo opportunities as you pass many London icons.
We also have an alternative Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover tour from London which is very similar.
Private viewing of Leeds Castle before the public are allowed in
Photo stop at Dover
Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral
Time at historic Greenwich with walking tour
Cruise along the River Thames from Greenwich to London
Luxury air conditioned motor coach with free Wi-Fi and services of a professional guide
Apr - Oct: Wednesdays and Fridays
8.15am - departs from London Victoria Coach Station
7.00pm - returns to London (Embankment Pier)
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover & Greenwich
Adult from £88pp
• Visit to Leeds Castle • Stop by the White Cliffs of Dover • Option to add on entrance into Canterbury Cathedral • 1-day guided coach tour • Professional guide
Leeds Castle, the first stop on the tour is about 90 minutes journey south east of London. During that short time you would have heard about Leeds Castle its history and interesting snippets from your guide. The castle 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 described as the "loveliest castle in the world" by Lord Conway, an explorer in 1913. Set in an idyllic situation, the Norman castle was built on two small islands, in the middle of a lake, surrounded by a vast estate.
You will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl and black swans.
Leeds Castle opens to the public at 10.30am but you will arrive 30 minutes before and are taken on a private tour of the castle.
After about 90 minutes at Leeds Castle we make a brief photo stop in Dover. You can view the famous white cliffs from here with the historic Dover Castle sat on top of them. On a clear day you can even make out the edge of France.
It is now early afternoon as you drive out of Dover on the short trip to Canterbury.
The ancient city of Canterbury has been the centre of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Its greatest treasure is the cathedral, infamous as the setting for the brutal murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170. His tomb can be seen in St. Thomas’s in Trinity Chapel behind the high altar.
Beckett's martyrdom 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.
Your ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral and also allows some free time to explore the atmospheric old town and find somewhere for lunch.
It is now late afternoon and another hour or so's drive to Greenwich where we should arrive around 5pm.
Packed with exquisite parks, gardens, and architecture, Greenwich has strong connections with the sea, science, sovereigns and time. We will have time to take a look at the Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time.
As the early evening approaches you will enjoy a river cruise back to the centre of London (around an hour). You will pass by historic sights such as the Tower of London, Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before arriving at Westminster pier where your tour ends.
The estimated time of arrival back in London is 7pm.
Embankment Pier is next to Embankment Underground and a very short walk to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
Your tour will begin at Victoria Coach Station, one of the major transport hubs in central London and very close to Victoria Underground and Railway Station. Tour companies are no longer allowed to perform pick-ups at hotels for public day tours.
Victoria Coach Station is like a small airport with airport style departure screens where your tour will be displayed together with a gate number.
The driver or guide will check you in on boarding the coach.
Usually all that is required is the lead passenger's name and you will be checked off the passenger list, but do bring along your tour confirmation voucher.
The tour returns to London by river boat and ends at Embankment Pier, next to Embankment Underground and a very short walk to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
If you require more assistance working out your journey, click through on the link below, where we give more detail of how to join the tour at Victoria Coach Station and you can read our previously asked questions.
A professional guide is aboard the luxury air-conditioned touring bus the entire day and will provide commentary and guiding throughout as well as looking after entrance into the various attractions.
All vehicles are equipped with on-board free Wi-Fi and most will have toilet facilities. However these faculties cannot be guaranteed.
Commentary is in English only.
Prices displayed on the banner link are a special on-line discounted price, deep discounted from the price in London.
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 calendar control at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.
This alternative tour also journeys into the heart of the English countryside, visiting the county of Kent, also known as the ‘Garden of England’.
Visit the stunning Leeds Castle, the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site at Canterbury Cathedral and see the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover.
Day tour to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover
Adult £98 • Child (3-16 years) £87
• Entry to Leeds Castle • Stop by the White Cliffs of Dover • Entrance into Canterbury Cathedral & walking tour • In Your Pocket London Tour Guide app
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