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From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

1. From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour of the English countryside. You will head to the Garden of England, with visits to Kent’s Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Canterbury Cathedral. The journey takes you over the Greenwich Meridian and past the London district that is home to the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper, and the Royal Observatory. Then see Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as “the loveliest castle in the world.” Set in the middle of a lake, and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, enter the castle before the doors open to the public, and experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. Have time to explore the castle grounds and find the Lady Baillie Garden, with views over the lake. Next, make your way to Canterbury and visit the historic Canterbury Cathedral. The most important Anglican church in the world, the central Bell Harry Tower dates back to 1498, and the crypt is from the 11th-Century. Your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170, and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury, with an opportunity to stop for lunch. Continue your tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent, dotted with unusual buildings and quaint villages. Arrive at Dover, to see the famous White Cliffs, standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle, still watching over the town after 800 years.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

2. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

Embark on a day trip from London to discover some of England's most important attractions. Explore Leeds Castle, see the historic Canterbury Cathedral, stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial, and marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover. Described as 'the loveliest castle in the world' by Lord Conway, Leeds Castle sits on 500 acres of landscaped parkland across two idyllic islands, deep in the heart of the magnificent Kent countryside. Arrive early to visit Leeds Castle, where Henry VIII retreated to escape the plague that was raging in London during his reign. Upon arrival at Leeds Castle, you will be greeted by your guide. Discover the history behind this magical castle and experience life how Henry VIII would have. Next up, embark on a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the scene of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. Learn the intriguing history behind this captivating masterpiece of medieval architecture. Marvel at the cathedral’s spectacular stained glass windows, many of which have survived from the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Then, tantalize your taste buds with a traditional two-course meal. Admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover as you drive past Then, head to Greenwich to see the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the Royal Observatory and the world-famous Cutty Sark, a fascinating 19th-century clipper ship. Stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial Get a fresh perspective on London’s attractions with a boat ride on the River Thames, from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. You'll pass Tower Bridge and stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

Kent: Leeds Castle Admission Ticket

3. Kent: Leeds Castle Admission Ticket

Visit one of the most popular historic attractions in Britain, and take in the grounds of a medieval castle. Set amongst a Kentish parkland, the castle grounds host afternoon teas, falconry displays, adventure golf, and classic gardens. Take in Leeds Castle, an 11th century Norman stronghold, and uncover how the British would have lived year after year in the huge architectural feat. Learn how England’s kings and queens would have used the 500 acres of grounds for their pleasure. Discover how the Anglo-American heiress Lady Baillie restored and transformed the castle into an elegant 20th-century retreat. Today it stands with grounds to explore through the Princess Alexandra Gardens and a yew tree maze designed by Adrian Fisher. Enjoy afternoon tea, and falconry shows.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

4. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

Depart from London in the morning on a drive to Leeds Castle, the former royal residence of 6 of England's medieval queens. The palace was transformed by Henry VIII, and became a retreat for the rich and powerful. Begin with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. Explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards, and the banqueting hall. Afterwards, you’ll see the grounds that are home to wildfowl, black swans, and birds in the aviary. Next on your full-day tour is a scenic drive along the old coastal road to the famous white cliffs of Dover. Admire the historic port and its magnificent 12th-century castle. On a clear day there are views of France across the English Channel. Experience the ancient city of Canterbury and its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. Have free time to explore Canterbury on your own. Take a walking tour through Greenwich, which boasts exquisite parks and gardens. See the famous Cutty Sark which was the fastest sailing ship of its time. As evening approaches, you’ll enjoy an exclusive Thames River cruise. Cruise back to the center of London, sailing past historic sites, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.

Dover to London & Heathrow via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

5. Dover to London & Heathrow via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

After meeting your friendly guide at Dover Cruise Terminal, board a luxury coach and combine your transfer to London with a wonderful tour of the Garden of England, with visits to historic Canterbury and Leeds Castle. Firstly, come face-to-face with the White Cliffs of Dover, and the magnificent Dover Castle. The fortress dates back to Roman times, and is one of the largest and most impressive castle keeps in Britain. Continuing through this chalk landscape, discover the history of the country, from Celtic Settlers and Roman invaders to the Saxon migration and the Norman conquest. Stop at the city of Canterbury and glimpse into its world famous cathedral on a guided walking tour. Formerly the Roman town of Durovernum Canticorum, the city boasts a wealth of history. After the walking tour, have some free time to walk the narrow streets and admire the historic buildings. In the cathedral, you can see the tomb of King Henry IV, the resting place of The Black Prince and learn of the death in 1170 of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. It is then on past the Oast Houses, hop fields, orchards and vineyards to Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as the loveliest castle in the world. Dating back to 880AD, Leeds Castle has been home to many English Queens, from the end of the 12th century to the Tudor reign. Beautiful landscaped gardens are a main feature of the grounds, as is the stunning lake. Explore the castle's historic interior, admire the delightful rooms and get lost in the famous maze. After some free time, the tour departs for central London to begin drop offs, followed by Heathrow drop offs. The drive from Leeds Castle to London takes you through Royal Greenwich, and past Tower Bridge, with a view of the Tower of London. 

London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich Day Trip

6. London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich Day Trip

Have a magical Boxing Day surrounded by beautiful locations and impressive buildings! Departing from central London, this day trip includes a visit to Leeds Castle, once described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, Canterbury, Battle of Britain Memorial, and Greenwich. Leeds Castle. Located in the idyllic countryside of Kent, Leeds Castle celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2019. The castle’s long timeline is filled with kings and queens, British aristocracy and many key moments in Britain’s history including World War II. It also happens to be a spectacular building that sits in the middle of a lake! You’ll get to see its lavish interiors as well as its picturesque grounds. Canterbury Cathedral Inhabited since prehistoric times, the cathedral city of Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What was once a pilgrimage site is now a popular tourist destination known in part for its beautiful cathedral, which dates all the way back to the year 597! Discover Canterbury Cathedral’s fascinating history and marvel at its impressive Gothic architecture. White Cliffs of Dover This region of the English coastline is part of the Kent Downs designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not hard to see why! You’ll witness it is you drive past Battle of Britain Memorial In 2023 this tour will now stop at the Britain Battle of Memorial for a great bit of history Greenwich The last part of this Boxing Day tour will include a drive past the London borough of Greenwich, famous for its maritime history and giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time.

From Brighton: Leeds Castle & Canterbury Full-Day Trip

7. From Brighton: Leeds Castle & Canterbury Full-Day Trip

Meet your professional guide in central Brighton and first travel to Leeds Castle. Discover the castle which was once the home of King Henry VIII, and is sometimes called "the loveliest castle in the world". Take a guided walk through the stunning gardens, visit the maze and grotto, and see the majestic hawks and eagles in the aviary. Kids can explore Knights Stronghold playground and adventure golf onsite. Next, visit the medieval town of Canterbury, a historic pilgrimage site. Take a guided tour of The Westgate and The River Stour, concluding at Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Roman and medieval history of the city and associated famous people. Your guide will advise you with regards to visiting the Cathedral and other places of interest during your free time in the town. After some free time to explore, hop back on the bus for the return journey to Brighton.

From London: Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral by Car

8. From London: Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral by Car

"Embark on a fantastic adventure in Kent! Explore the historic Leeds Castle and its fabulous gardens filled with beautiful plants and wildlife. Enhance your experience with a stop at the picturesque White Cliffs of Dover and a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. Enjoy an exclusive car trip from London. Choose the 5-hour option to visit Leeds Castle in Kent. We provide skip-the-line tickets and private car transfers with a pickup and drop-off at your London accommodation, so all you have to do is bring a good attitude and enjoy the adventure! Enjoy a comfortable short ride in a clean, air-conditioned vehicle exclusively with your group. At Leeds Castle, a 5-Star Expert Guide will lead you through over 900 years of the castle’s history, including interesting stories about its former royal inhabitants such as King Edward I and Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. The current castle was completed in 1823 in the Tudor style unique to the United Kingdom. Inside you will find glamorous 1930s Salton, Dining Room, Library, Games Room and more interesting areas. Every room tells stories of the noble families who called Leeds Castle their home as well as the house staff who contributed to its life and soul. Take a walk around the large castle grounds surrounded by a traditional moat and enjoy the beautiful nature all around. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions for all ages, such as the botanic gardens, a maze, falconry, adventure golf and a unique Dog Collar Museum! Choose the 11-hour tour to discover more Top Attractions in Kent! Travel to Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Admire its awe inspiring Gothic architecture, the stunning stained glass, statues and other treasures. Another highlight of this tour will be a guided tour of White Cliff of Dover, a world-famous natural feature and an official icon of Britain. Immerse yourself in stories of the past and admire the views of the picturesque cliffs above the English Channel."

London:Leeds, Canterbury Christmas Market, Dover & Greenwich

9. London:Leeds, Canterbury Christmas Market, Dover & Greenwich

First stop of the day is Leeds Castle. Located deep in the cascading countryside of Kent, the castle is surrounded by 500 acres of magnificent landscaped parkland. The castle is over 900 years old and is steeped in history. Henry VIII even used the castle as a dwelling for Catherine of Aragon. Early arrival ensures an almost private visit of Leeds Castle. Next, discover the magnificent medieval city of Canterbury, considered by many as the center of English Christianity. You'll have the opportunity to see Canterbury Cathedral from the outside and explore Canterbury’s popular Christmas Market. There will be  a bunch of holly and ivy-adorned huts offering delicious bratwursts, mulled wine, unique trinkets, festive gifts, and activities for children.  Canterbury’s Christmas market has a vibrant atmosphere. You might even get to witness some live musical entertainment, including sing-a-long festive classics. Once you've wandered around the market, you can also explore the nearby shops for those last-minute presents still on your list.  Then, make a photo stop at the White Cliffs of Dover, one of Britain's most famous coastal landscapes. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Dover Castle, a key filming location for 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. As an added bonus your coach will be driving past the London borough of Greenwich on your way back from Dover. Overlooking the River Thames, Greenwich is a stunning World Heritage Site bustling with fine maritime landmarks and stunning architectural masterpieces, some of which you’ll get to see from the comfort of the coach. This tour will end at London Victoria at approximately 6:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Leeds Castle

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 406 reviews

The tour was enjoyable and was not rushed. The places covered especially Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral were fantastic. The White cliffs of Dover was essentially a touch and go destination. The whole tour was made enjoyable by Kevin, our tour guide from Evan Evans. Kevin had great knowledge of history and a gifted sense of humour with his dual linguistic English/Japanese capabilities. Special Thanks to him and Our coach driver who made the entire experience comfortable and enjoyable.

Thank you Kevin and Tony! It was rare to have a tour in Japanese, so I was curious about what it would be like, so I made a reservation. After Kevin showed us around in English, he told us the same story again in Japanese. I can understand both, so it felt like a good deal lol. Really recommended!

We loved our tour. Our guide was Mel and our driver was Maria. Mel offered the perfect amount of facts along the way and mapped out the time at each location to maximize our time there.

It was very difficult to go by myself, so it was good to be able to go around efficiently. Easy to understand explanation was also good.

We had a very pleasant day visiting historic and important sites with a very informed and educated guide Pablo - highly recommend