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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
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Overview

Discover three of southern England’s top sights on this full-day coach trip from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Dover. Pass the maritime historical buildings of Greenwich on your way to scenic Kent, a county known as the ‘Garden of England.’ Take a private look around stunning Leeds Castle before the crowds arrive, and enjoy a privileged tour of UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral. End your day with views of Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Dover day trip from London
  • Explore Leeds Castle and its fairytale moat before the crowds arrive
  • Get an exclusive tour of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Canterbury Cathedral
  • Learn about the sights you see from an expert guide, with personal headphones for easy listening

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See three of Kent’s most popular attractions in one day (and leave all the logistics to someone else).
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Expert guide
Superior Coach, Wi-Fi and USB Charging On-board
Personal Audio Headset
Entry to Leeds Castle
Entry to Canterbury Cathedral
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel drop-off
Hotel pick-up
Victoria Coach Station , Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

Departures from Victoria Coach Station, Gate 1-5. Departs 9:00am. Boarding at 8:30am. Nearest station: Victoria Station - Victoria line, District line, Circle line, National Rail

9:00 AM
Victoria Station , Victoria Station, London SW1V 1JT, UK

Finishes near Victoria Station

Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central London, and leave the city’s crowds behind as you journey into the English countryside on your day trip. On route, put on your state-your-art Vox headphones to clearly hear your guide’s commentary, and gain fascinating insight into the passing sights.

Travel through historical, maritime Greenwich, and glimpse its famous National Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College and 18th-century Royal Observatory, the home of the Prime Meridian, where the world’s time is set.

Then, head into the picturesque county of Kent, and arrive at Leeds Castle: a picture book, 12th-century castle encircled by a moat and parklands. Head inside and take a private tour before the doors open to the public. Admire the opulent rooms filled with rich furniture, tapestries, and artworks, and learn how the castle was once a residence of medieval monarchs. 
Stroll through the gardens, and perhaps navigate your way through the maze, a puzzle of geometric yew hedges.

Next, drive to the ancient city of Canterbury, home to UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral: a center of Christian worship for nearly 1,000 years. Founded in 597 and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, this majestic church is one of England’s oldest. 

Head into this serene cathedral, and enjoy the special privilege of a guided tour in your large group, as you listen to your guide’s commentary via your headphones. As you explore, learn about the church’s bloodiest hour—the day in 1170 when four knights of Henry II stormed inside and murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket.

Back on your coach, continue through pretty villages toward Dover on Kent’s south coast. Here, snap photos of the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Learn why this site is important to the English, and see England's largest castle, Dover Castle, rising from a hilltop.
Your tour finishes with a drop-off in central London.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Greenwich
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.
Stop At:  
Leeds Castle
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Canterbury Cathedral
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The White Cliffs of Dover
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Dover Castle
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour.

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  • "Don’t miss the Dog Collar Collection which is located on the grounds of the castle." See review
  • "If you skip the lunch, the tour guide can take you directly to the cathedral where you can walk through on your own." See review
  • "Worth the trip, though you should note that Dover is just a photo opportunity, no time for a long walk on this tour." See review

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star-5
Leeds, the Lived in Castle on the road to the White Cliffs of Dover
Emerson_R
, Jun 2022
What a wonderful trip with a lovely guide with a sense of humor! We really enjoyed all of the trip, but I was most impressed with Leeds castle. My wife liked the history of Canterbury Cathedral. She was enthralled with the history of the area, and the guide fed her interest in the scandalous and legendary in the history. I on the other hand thought that a great deal of thought and money had been put into a tasteful but intriguing presentation of life at Leeds through the centuries. The special effects, dancing shadows accompanied by the big band sounds was well done yet tasteful, as were the presentations of 1900s era 16mm films. Very nice tour, really great guide and a wonderful time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Emerso, We would like to thank you for your kind words and for sharing it with the rest of the community. Our team works very hard to provide the best service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your visit to our establishment. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Excellent Tour
George_H
, Jun 2022
The tour covered a lot of ground in one day, which is both a plus and a minus. The minus is that there is limited time at each location, the plus is that you get to see a lot without renting a car. The tour guide - Rowan - and the driver made the trip enjoyable and did a great job to tell just enough stories to break up the longer transit times while letting you enjoy the scenery (or sleep) during other times.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello George, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your tour. Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us, and we will pass on the compliments over to Rowan. We cannot wait to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-4
Great castle
Angela_T
, Jun 2022
Guide and driver was excellent. Whole tour felt rushed. Loved Leeds Castle definitely worth the trip. Would have liked more time at Canterbury. Time at White Cliffs was adequate. Perhaps leaving 30 mins earlier would give the added time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Angela, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and your lovely comment about our guide and driver. Indeed we would love to allow more time at each location, but due to distance cover and tight schedule, unfortunately it is not possible. Thank you for your suggestion about change of departure time, but that would mean finding Leeds Castle still closed. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the castle and we hope to see you again soon! Evan Evans Team
star-4
Breathtakingly beautiful
Emily_M
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Rowan was amazing. She was so enthusiastic and knew a lot of information about the places we went. The places we visited were amazing and beautiful. I only wish that I had longer to spend in each place.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Emily, Thank you for your feedback and lovely comments about Rowan. Indeed we would like to allow more time at each location, but to distance covered and tight schedule, it is simply not possible. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
star-5
Great tour!
Michelle_H
, Jun 2022
Rowan was a great tour guide. Chris was a safe driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover, and Canterbury. We would use Evan Evans tours again! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Michelle, Thank you for leaving us a 5* review! We work hard to offer high-quality service to every guest, and it makes us happy to see you had a wonderful experience with us. We will share this feedback with Rowan and Chris so they get the recognition that they deserve. They will be delighted to hear your feedback. We hope to see you again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
A great tour!
Katherine_B
, Jun 2022
Chrissy was an absolutely fantastic tour guide. She did a great job of keeping everyone engaged, even the kids. Paul was our bus driver and also did a great job. I highly recommend the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Katherine, Thank you for leaving us this wonderful 5* review! We are glad that the team has managed to meet your needs and was able to offer you the service you expected. We will pass on the kind words over to Chrissy, she will be delighted to know she was able to make the day a memorable one for you. We hope you come visit us again soon Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Amazing sites to visit with an amazing guide.
Brennan_A
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Nicholas was extremely knowledgeable and gave us interesting information throughout the tour in an exciting way. He also had great recommendations of things to do and places to eat both during and after the day tour. I have taken this tour before and he made it extra exciting this time around.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Brenna, Thank you for leaving us feedback about the tour. We are glad that our team did a great job. We work very hard to ensure that our customers get outstanding service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your recent visit. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
10/10
Jason_B
, Jun 2022
Lovely sights, wonderful visits. Godfrey was our guide and did a fantastic job! Would bring and recommend to friends
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Jason, Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion about our services. We are glad that our team did a great job. We take pride in providing a clean and comfortable space for all of our guests, so our team appreciates that you noticed. We will pass on the kind words over to Godfrey. We hope to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Leeds castle garden walk
jiani_l
, Jun 2022
The garden in Leeds Castle is stunning. The lake and the birds that has no fear of human makes it an excellent place to be close to the nature. I wished we had more time there.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello jiani_l, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We hope to see you again on another one of our tours! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-2
didn't see Cliffs of Dover
Julia_M
, Jun 2022
If you want to see the Cliffs of Dover, this is not the tour. They took you to a beach at least 10 miles away, can barely see the edge of the cliffs. Also, for Dover Castle, it is just a 5 minutes picture stop at the parking lot.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Julia, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear your feedback about the White Cliffs of Dover – we state that this is only an opportunity to view the cliffs in our tour description, rather than a walk on the cliffs. If you wish to discuss your experience further, please do not hesitate to contact us at reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk. All the very best, Evan Evans Team
star-3
Not for people with mobility issues.
Kelly_H
, Jun 2022
The only issue was that a lot of it was not assessable for a wheelchair. I would have like to be able to spend a little more time at each location.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Kelly, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear about your mobility difficulties on the day. We would love to allow more time at each location, but due to tight schedule and distance covered, unfortunately it is not possible. We do offer tours that visit fewer venues and allow for a more leisurely visit (for example our tour to Stonehenge & Bath). Should you wish to travel with us again in the future we would be more than happy to recommend some of them to you and discuss any special requirement. Thank you again and we send you our very best wishes, Evan Evans Team
star-4
Leeds, Canterbury, and Dover
Allison_D
, Jun 2022
It was mostly great. Time at the cliffs was very short and the view of the castle was a drive by. The bus did not have wifi or charging ports, both of which were advertised on the description. Leeds castle was amazing! Could have spent less time at Canterbury to add more time at Dover. Overall, glad we did it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Allison, Thank you for your lovely review. Unfortunately due to technical issues with the coach originally assigned to this tour, we had no other option but to provide a coach without wifi and USB ports in order to operate this tour as scheduled. We are glad to hear that in spite of this you overall had a great time and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to get out of London without needing to drive yourself
Erika_E
, Jun 2022
Godfrey is a very knowledgeable & funny guide. Kristoff was our driver & certainly took the stress of driving in the UK off my plate. If you have a day to explore outside London, you really should go on this one!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Erika, Thank you for leaving us feedback about the tour. We are glad that our team did a great job. We work very hard to ensure that our customers get outstanding service and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your recent visit. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-4
Loved Deborah! She was...
Barbara_L
, Jun 2022
Loved Deborah! She was very well versed on the attractions on our trip and made it fun! I loved Leeds Castle. My daughter loved Canterbury.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for your lovely review and positive comments on our tour guide Deborah. We are glad that you and your daughter enjoyed Leeds Castle and Canterbury. We hope to see you again soon, Evan Evans Team
star-5
ROWAN
stephanie_c
, Jun 2022
Rowan was amazing with her knowledge and witty humor!! The tours are quick moving. Gives you a brief idea if you want to take a longer tour of certain area.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello stephan, Thank you for leaving us this wonderful 5* review! We are glad that the team has managed to meet your needs and was able to offer you the service you expected. We will pass on the kind words over to Rowan, she will be delighted to know she was able to make the day a memorable one for you. We hope you come visit us again soon Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Great guide and tour
Fred_S
, Jun 2022
Rowan and Chris were great guides and entertaining. Exceeded expectations. We should be able to book with specific guides because I would book with them again every time
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Fred, Thank you for leaving us this wonderful 5* review! We are glad that the team has managed to meet your needs and was able to offer you the service you expected. We will pass on the kind words over to Rowan and Chris, she will be delighted to know they were able to make the day a memorable one for you. We hope you come visit us again soon Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-4
Town of Canterbury was...
Robert_H
, Jun 2022
Town of Canterbury was wonderful. We loved the cobblestone and old buildings. Restaurants were very quaint.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Robert, Thank you for your 4* review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed Canterbury, indeed it it a lovely town. We hope to see you again soon, Evan Evans Team
star-5
Great tour! Would use viator again
MARISA_P
, Jun 2022
This tour was great. It left on time and the only reason we got back behind schedule was because there were accidents on the freeway. The driver was so sweet and our tour guides. Simon was not only incredibly knowledgeable and funny but did things that you didn't even ask for. I've taken viator before and on my next viator tour I would hope to have Simon again. The time in Canterbury was just enough and in Leeds at the castle as well. Dover is a quick stop and you're at a distance from the cliffs but a good enough camera will get you a great shot.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello MARIS, Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, Simon is truly a gem to have on our team! We hope you come visit us again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Castles, views, and cathedrals
AmyK_T
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing tour! Our guide was absolutely the best and was full of knowledge! You get a solid hour after seeing the cathedral in Canterbury to eat and we even got back a half hour to an hour early. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello AmyK_T, Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy that you took the time to leave us this wonderful note. We do our best to keep our customers happy and we are glad that our hard work has paid off! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Everything was beautiful!...
mararras58
, Jun 2022
Everything was beautiful! The cliffs of Dover was our most special. Would loved to go Dover Castle! Chrissy was our guide she was wonderful and Rob our driver great as well. They went over and beyond the whole tour . We regiment this tour company to family and friends. Thanks again!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello mararra, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your tour. Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your review means a lot to us, and we will pass on the compliments over to Chrissy and Rob. We cannot wait to welcome you onboard another one of our tours in the future. Best wishes Evan Evans Team

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