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Leeds Castle, Dover and Canterbury Day Tours From London

With private viewing of Leeds castle and Thames River Cruise Back To London - Just £82


London Tour Bus At Leeds Castle

Tour Bus At Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Dover and Canterbury Tour Included Highlights:

- Free hotel pick-up service from over 90 hotels in Central London

- 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

Days Of Operation & Duration:

Runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between April and October. Less frequently during winter months.

Tour leaves London around 8:15 a.m. after hotel pick-ups returning to London around 7:00 p.m.

Tour Itinerary:

The Leeds Castle, Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich day tour is a very varied tour with a lot packed into a busy day.

First stop is Leeds Castle where we are allowed access before Leeds Castle is opened to the public with our own private tour! Leeds Castle, although not the biggest castle in England, is surely the prettiest with a fascinating history that stretches to modern times.


It is then onto Dover for a photo stop and the famous white cliffs to be admired.

From Dover it's a short trip to Canterbury, the centre of Christian worship since it began in England. We explore the famous Cathedral and get glimpses of the medieval centre of of the city. There is also free time here for lunch.


Last but not least we travel to Greenwich, famous for the meridian line but with a great naval and scientific heritage. We leave the touring coach for good here as after a short walking tour we take a river boat from Greenwich right into the heart of London taking around an hour. On the boat you take in many historic sights along the river, even travelling under Tower Bridge. The tour ends at Westminster Pier, right next to the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben.


Courtesy transfer from your hotel

List Of Hotels For London Coach Pickups

There is a free hotel collection from over 90 hotels in central London.

Separate coaches each cover a main Central London hotel district and transport you to Victoria Coach Station where you join the tour bus for your day tour. Full details of the hotel pick-up service are further down the page.

If you wish you can join the tour at Victoria Coach Station, which is about 600 yards from Victoria Underground and Train Station.


Leeds Castle

A professional guide is aboard the luxury air-conditioned touring bus the entire day and will provide commentary and guiding throughout. 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.


Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle opens to the public at 10:30 a.m. but we get in 30 minutes before and are taken on a private tour of the castle.


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. Our day begins with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. We will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl, black swans and the birds of the aviary.

Leeds Castle - More About


Dover Photo/Lunch Stop

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.


Canterbury

It is now early afternoon as we climb out of Dover on the short trip to Canterbury.

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Canterbury Cathedral

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. When Thomas excommunicated some bishops, Henry snapped "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Unfortunatley for Beckett, four of Henry's knights interpreted this a little too literally, and rode to the Cathedral and sliced Beckett's head off. Three days after his death, there began a series of miracles attached to his martyrdom. These are depicted in the miracle windows of the Trinity Chapel. He was canonised in 1173.

 

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. You can see the stone stairway, worn down by centuries of pilgrims, often kneeling their way to to Trinity Chapel, where the shrine used to be before it was taken in the Reformation.

 

Also within the precincts and cloisters of this great cathedral lie the tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV.


Your ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral and also allows some free time to explore the atmospheric old town and find somewhere for lunch.

Canterbury - More About


Greenwich & River Cruise To Embankment Pier London

It is now late afternoon and another hour or so's drive to Greenwich where we should arrive around 5 p.m.

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 we enjoy a river cruise back to the centre of London. We 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 our tour ends.

The estimated time of arrival back in London is 7:00 p.m. Embankment pier is next to Embankment Underground and a very short walk to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.


Morning Hotel Pick Ups & The Main Victoria Departure Point

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A hotel pick up service is available on this tour from selected hotels in the most popular hotel districts of Central London for tourists. The vehicles will take you to Victoria Coach Station where you switch to the main tour bus for the day.

You can of course join the tour at Victoria, a major transport hub for London and beyond and very easy to get to.

Hotels available and pick-up times do differ from tour to tour - full lists and departure times are listed on the individual tour detail page for your tour where you also make reservations, (see banner link below).

If you require more assistance working out the best place to join your tour click through on the link below, where we also give more detail if you want to join the tour at Victoria Coach Station.

Hotel Pick-Ups & Working Out Where Best To Join Tour - Full Details

Prices & Tour Reservations

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 loaded from the banner link below, there is a red “Book This Tour” button at the top right of the page, which when selected displays a calendar depicting which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.


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