Leeds Castle, Canterbury & Dover
Journey into the heart of the English countryside as we visit the county of Kent, also known as the ‘Garden of England’ due to its lush rolling green hills, beautiful scenery and historic buildings. Visit the stunning 900-year-old Leeds Castle*, the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site at Canterbury Cathedral* and catch a glimpse of the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover.
- Enjoy a scenic journey through the 'Garden of England'
- Option to discover the 'Loveliest Castle in The World'*
- Option to explore historic Canterbury Cathedral*
- See the famous White Cliffs of Dover
- Drive through historic maritime Greenwich
- Expert Evan Evans Guide
- Wi-Fi & USB charging on-board
- Personal Audio Headset
- Superior Coach
- Entrance to Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral (unless 'excluding entrances' option is selected)
- Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off
We begin our day trip to Leeds Castle from London by passing through historic Greenwich, an area of London known for its maritime history and classical building such as the Old Royal Naval College.
Often referred to as The Loveliest Castle in The World, Leeds Castle has played many roles in its nearly 900-year history. From a Norman stronghold to a magnificent royal palace, the castle today has been converted by subsequent owners into an idyllic countryside retreat.
With 500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens to explore, it's easy to see why this beautiful castle has been the private property of no fewer than six English queens.
The Princess Alexandra Gardens alongside the River Len are a carpet of Daffodils, Narcissi and Anemones presenting a vibrant burst of colour. Later in the year, guests are treated to the splendor of Azaleas and Rododendrons.
On arriving in Canterbury you will soon discover why this beautiful, ancient city is one of the jewels in Kent's crown. The historic city is characterised by gorgeous medieval streets, great food and drink, and lanes of shops. At the heart of the walled city is the iconic Cathedral, parts of which date back to the 11th century.
Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. It remains one of the most visited places in the country, and, just as importantly, a working, living church and community.
Founded by St Augustine in 600 AD, the Cathedral today is one of the most excellent examples of Gothic architecture in England. The stunning structure welcomes visitors all year round, who come to gaze at the remarkable architecture and visit the very spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.
The Martyrdom at Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury’s role as one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage centres is inextricably linked to the murder of its most famous Archbishop, Thomas Becket, in 1170. When after a long lasting dispute, King Henry II is said to have exclaimed ‘Who will rid me of this low born priest?’, four knights set off for Canterbury and murdered Thomas here in the place we now call the Martyrdom.
The Miracle Windows (Trinity Chapel) show some of the miracles that were said to have taken place after the murder of Thomas Becket. Many of the pilgrims visiting the tomb of St Thomas would not have been able to read and write and stained-glass windows were meant to exclaim the glory of God as well as educate and ‘entertain’ pilgrims.
The White Cliffs of Dover
There can be no doubt that the White Cliffs of Dover are one of this country's most spectacular natural features. They are an official icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries.
We will stop briefly for photos to marvel at the beauty and special appeal of this chalk grassland next to the English Channel.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating military and penal history of the White Cliffs from your expert guide.
London Victoria Train Station
Your tour will finish outside London Victoria Train Station, centrally located and easily accessible by national rail and underground, it is serviced by the Victoria, District and Circle Lines and is in Travel Zone 1.
Days of operations : except 24-26 December
English : Apr-Oct; Mon-Sat ; Nov-Mar: Wed, Fri, Sat
Japanese : Apr-Mar: Wed & Sat
Know before you go
A full refund or date change will be offered up to 24 hours before travel. Cancellations inside 24 hours will be charged at 100%.