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Leeds Castle

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Leeds Castle Penfold Hill,Leeds, Leeds, England

The Basics

Easily accessible from London, Leeds Castle is a popular and convenient day-trip destination that’s ideal for history buffs, birdwatchers, and families. Explore the castle’s medieval tapestries, furnishings, and art as part of a full-day group or private tour from London, many of which stop at nearby attractions such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury. And don’t miss the outdoor maze, Bird of Prey Centre, golf course, underground grotto, and formal gardens either.

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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
$133.26 per adult
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Excellent tour!
Nicholas is a very knowledgeable tour guide; witty and with a great sense of humor. We enjoyed every step of the tour and had additional time to wonder around.
Rosemarie_B, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chatham

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Great trip and excellent guide, Sheila!
JohnRobert_T, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
The tour was great. The coach was clean and comfortable. Evans Evans location was easy to find and the staff were friendly and efficient. Our guide, Sheila, was absolutely amazing! She was so knowledgeable and friendly. She gave great information and history at each site, as well as along the journey to each stop. She absolutely made the trip so special. I would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Sheila did an excellent...
Heather_B, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Sheila did an excellent job taking us through Kent, Dover and Canterbury. Our driver was great as well.
star-5
Comforting
Mark_H, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
The tour guide was nice and had a nice personality he new what he was talking about very knowledgeable. The town of Canterbury was a nice place to visit. Nice church
star-5
Had a wonderful time. ...
Gary_R, Sep 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Had a wonderful time. Guide and Driver were outstanding. The castle was beautiful and Canterbury was so inspiring.
star-5
Good experience, great guide
Tracy, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The tour guide, Tony, was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed visiting Leeds Castle and seeing the cliffs especially. We ended up seeing the cliffs from afar from the beach. Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful, but is under construction right now.
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Leeds Castle and Canterbury tour
Alan_L, Feb 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
I went Leeds Castle and Canterbury. It was fun to see the castle which the grounds and the castle are beautiful. Stopped at Dover to see the White Cliffs. Dover is a great little place by the Channel. Pablo was friendly and very knowledgeable about the history. This was a half English and Spanish speaking tour. I met some great people and had a good time. I would definitely do the tour again!
star-5
busy day
Climber791009, Jul 2019
Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
The tour is comprehensive. Worst part was driving out of London in traffic. There was not enough time to enjoy the gardens at Leeds Castle. Going to the new RAF memorial at Dover was a plus. Canterbury was lovely even though the Cathedral is having repairs done. Boat ride at the end was a nice way to end the day. Our tour guide was very educational.
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Dover, Canterbury and Leeds Castle
carolmalasits, Feb 2020
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
I dont usually like coach tours but this one was great! Chrissie was our guide and she was very engaging and knowledgeable. Our driver, Paul, was also great! Leeds Castle was lovely. Canterbury Cathedral was breathtaking. Chrissie did a great job leading us on a tour of the Cathedral. We were lucky that our group was relatively small (27). Dover was only a photo stop but it was beautiful.
star-5
Brilliant
Sharee_P, Mar 2020
Private Tour to Canterbury, Leeds Castle and The White Cliffs of Dover
Brilliant day tour with our guide Oz. A very informative and interesting tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Oz, a lovely man with lots of knowledge! Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
It was great and would do it again!
sm3373, Dec 2019
Luxury Private Vehicle Day Hire from & to London via Leeds Castle & Dover Castle
The private vehicle experience was worth it. Dave was very knowledgeable about the sights we were visiting and got us to our destinations without any issues. He was also very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed at each location to ensure we had the best experience possible. We liked the service so much that we used him two more times while we were in London. Highly recommend.
star-5
A well run tour
Voyage9349, Oct 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The Leeds castle grounds were great and the stops at Salisbury and Dover as well as Greenwich made for a good day of sightseeing.
star-5
Knowledgeable and helpful guide
Sally C, Oct 2019
Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle
Everything went smoothly as expected. It was a beautiful drive and the castle in Leeds was a great stop.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • All tickets grant entry for one year from the time of purchase, allowing for multiple visits.

  • Families with kids can visit the onsite Squires’ Court Playground (ages 6 and under) and Knights’ Realm Playground (ages 7 and up) for royal fun.

  • Rain is not unusual in England, so bring waterproof gear if you plan to be outdoors.

  • Complimentary transport service within the grounds is available for those with limited mobility. The castle interior cannot accommodate strollers.

  • Fee-based castle audio tours are available in six languages.

  • Birdwatchers should look out for black swans, great spotted woodpeckers, and kingfishers, which are often seen around the castle.

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How to Get There

Leeds Castle is situated in Kent, England, one hour from central London and 7 miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Maidstone. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports with signs directing drivers to the castle on all routes. To get around the grounds, visitors can traverse the moat on a punt boat ride, cross the Great Water from the castle to the maze on the Black Swan Ferry, or ride Elsie the Castle Train from the entrance to the castle (all require additional fees).

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily from the mid-morning until the late afternoon from October until March. From April to September, the castle stays open a little later, but last entry is always 30 minutes before closing. The grounds and gardens have slightly longer hours. Weekend afternoons are the castle’s busiest time; weekday visits are much quieter.

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Day Trips to Southwestern England

In addition to Leeds Castle, some of England’s finest sights can be found in South West England, from Canterbury Cathedral to the famous Cliffs of Dover. Most tours cover the top sights and also stop at the outer London borough of Greenwich, known for its maritime history, the Royal Naval College, and the historic British clipper ship, the Cutty Sark.

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