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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip

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London
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Category: Day Trips, Tours
Duration: 10 hours
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Canterbury Cathedral, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH England

A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canterbury Cathedral is both a serene place of holiness and beautiful tourist destination. As the Cathedral of the Archbishop, the spiritual leader of the Church of England, Canterbury holds a special place in British history. No ordinary Cathedral, Canterbury has a long history that is often described as ‘England in Stone’; from the role of its Archbishops in the Magna Carta to the murder of Thomas Becket after a power struggle with the King of England, Canterbury’s history is intertwined with that of England. Founded by St Augustine in 600 AD, the Cathedral today is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, and the first building in the country to be redesigned in this popular style in 1774.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: The White Cliffs of Dover, Upper Road Langdon Cliffs, Dover CT16 1HJ England

Soaring 350ft above the crashing waves of the English Channel, the White Cliffs of Dover are an instantly recognisable landmark of Britain. From Caesar to Shakespeare, some of history’s most important figures recognised the towering symbolism of the cliffs. Traditionally the site where British royalty would welcome overseas visitors, the cliffs served as an intimidating reminder of Britain's immovable resoluteness sense of independence.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Leeds Castle Penfold Hill Leeds, Maidstone ME17 1PL England

Located in Kent, ‘The Garden of England’, lies Leeds Castle, a beautiful medieval castle frequently referred to as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. With 500 acres of landscaped parkland to explore and impeccably maintained gardens to enjoy, it’s easy to see why this beautiful castle was a favoured castle of King Henry VIII, who gifted it to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

In its 900-year history, the castle has been home to no fewer than six queens and served many functions, including acting as a garrison, prison and the stately private home of its most recent owners. Learn all about this and more as our expert tour guide brings its fascinating story to life.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Evan Evans Tours, Road Victoria 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BS England

Evan Evans Tours is the oldest and largest sightseeing company in London and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930.

Evan Evans Tours is owned by The Travel Corporation of 25 highly successful travel and tourism companies including Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays and Red Carnation Hotels. The Travel Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and guest service and this this follows for each individual brand.


Pass By: Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover CT16 1HU England

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

Pass By: Greenwich, London SE10 England

Greenwich is a borough in London, England, on the banks of the River Thames. Known for its maritime history, it's home to the Cutty Sark, a restored 19th-century ship, the huge National Maritime Museum, and the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College. The modern O2 arena sits on a peninsula to the north. Overlooking peaceful Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory is the site of the Greenwich meridian line.

Inclusions
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 53 people)
Vox audio guide
Entry to Leeds Castle (if options is selected)
Entry to Canterbury Cathedral (if options is selected)
Entry/Admission - Canterbury Cathedral
Entry/Admission - Leeds Castle
Entrance fees, if option selected
Gratuities
Hotel drop off
Hotel pick-up
Food and drinks, unless specified

Location

Meeting point
Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Reviews

Oct 2018

Our travel guide Leslie was nice and Emily a very informative. She kept our tour moving at a very comfortable place. The locations that we visited were very interesting.

Aug 2018

Our guide Kevin made this tour an absolute blast!!!! He was a wealth of information and even taught us a little Japanese on the trip as well. Leeds Castle is your perfect ideal of a castle to visit down to the suits of armor and the moat and the black swans. Just fantastic. Canterbury castle was also amazing to visit with the unbelievable stained glass and crypts. Kevin was a wealth of knowledge all throughout the tour. Even though we did not make Dover due to a shutdown at the port causing a 4hr back up Kevin kept the entire bus engaged. The delay was causing us to get back late and he knew we had theater tickets for that night and managed to get a cab to meet us on the way back to get to the performance. If I could give him more than 5 stars I would.

Jul 2018

Out tour guide Andy was very knowledgeable with the sites we went to and he was very good about keeping everybody on time and in an orderly fashion. The trip to Dover was rather short, but it was a beautiful site to see. Well done trip and I would do it again!

Dec 2017

Our tour guide, James, from Evans and Evans the local company was one of the best guides I have every had. Clear, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable on everything United Kingdom. He was organised and brilliant. Great trip!

Dec 2017

Great tour! We learned a lot from the guide as well as from what we saw!

Jul 2018

Excellent excursion, Lesley and James were great hosts. Ask for them. Very knowledgeable and informative. Made sure our excursion was the best experience of our vacation.

May 2018

Overall, this was a very good tour. The first stop, Leeds Castle, was beautiful. We went through the castle fairly quick and then spent time walking the grounds. The second stop was Canterbury and we took a quick walk through the Cathedral and then spent some time in a few of the local shops. We took the option to do lunch with the group at a small restaurant in Canterbury for I think 12 pounds each. The lunch choice was either chicken with a gravy or fish and chips. We both had the fish and it was very overcooked. We weren't thrilled with the cleanliness of the restaurant either. Since you do lunch before seeing anything else in Canterbury, we were disappointed to see how many other options there were and how easy it would have been to find something better on our own in the time given. My recommendation to others is find lunch on your own. After Canterbury, we headed to Dover for 15 minute stop for pictures by the water. We would have liked the tour to include going to Dover Castle, even if it was just a quick stop to see the outside. It felt like we came such a long way to Dover and didn't really get the benefit of spending time there. Nevertheless, we would still recommend this tour and did enjoy it overall.

Jan 2018

We enjoyed this tour. Leeds Castle was beautiful and we had just enough time to look around on our own. Dover was nice, but not really worth the time to see the Cliffs and get ice cream because I didn't feel we had enough time Canterbury. For the Cathedral tour, we had to stay with our guide. She was good, but at the end we only had about 30 minutes on our own to continue to explore the Cathedral AND the town, which was quite quaint and appealing, before getting back to the bus. I had to choose so chose to do a little more of the Cathedral. This left me with about 10 minutes to explore the shops. It was a nice trip but when I return I would go back to see more of the town.
When tours go to multiple places, I've learned this is just the risk you take - too much time in some places, not enough in others. They can't please everyone! But our guide was knowledgeable enough and I would still recommend. It was a fun trip and I'm glad I went!

Aug 2018

Leeds castle was the best part of this tour. Plenty of time to view castle and grounds. Canterbury portion was interesting but rushed based on trying to fit in lunch. Cliffs of Dover portion was the main reason we signed up for this tour but turned out to be a disappointment because tour only took us to a distant location along the port from which we were only able to see a small portion of the cliffs. Stop was only long enough to take a quick picture. In retrospect should have done a little more research on this tour. Our tour guide Geoffrey and bus driver were very professional and informative; also went out of their way to accommodate their guests.

Jan 2018

The trip was nice, unfortunately the guide didn't know the Canterbury Cathedral wasn't open. The overall trip was ok, the guide was ok, but I had better on this trip. Leeds castle was great, but the photo stop for Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle I could have done without. I would have visited Dover Castle.

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