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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 , London SW1W 9RH, UK

Departures from Victoria Coach Station, Gate 1-5 Nearest station: Victoria Station - Victoria line, Direct line, Circle line, British 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
Pass By:  
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.
Q:
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
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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
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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

Reviews

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893 Reviews

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star-5
Great Day trip to the countryside
Pam_R
, May 2022
This day trip was a great mix of history, geography and culture and was exactly what I wanted. Our tour guide, Shelia, was amazing at sharing the history and geography of the region mixed with a little humor here and there. Leeds Castle and the grounds were just breathtaking. The second stop was Canterbury and the highlight was the Canterbury Cathedral. Very cute town to spend a little time shopping and grabbing lunch. The third, we drove out to Dover and saw Dover Castle and the shoreline there. First time to see dragon's teeth as a security feature at a castle. The region was beautiful. I highly recommend this tour for a great relaxed day of touring and taking in the region southeast of London.
star-5
An unexpected Jewel !!
Lydia_M
, May 2022
Canterbury Cathedral Tour A most beautiful Cathedral. I enjoys the tour guides stories of the people who lived and served at the Cathedral. I enjoy the old part of the city, now cute shops and restaurants. I will definitely go back to spend an entire day there….so much history and places to visit and learn about.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Lydia, Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are so happy to hear you had such a good experience with us. Guest satisfaction is our top priority. We're constantly looking for opportunities to exceed expectations. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Worth taking this tour
Carmen_C
, May 2022
It was a very beautiful trip. The guide explained very well it’s history and Leeds Castle was extraordinarily beautiful. Its gardens too. Canterbury Cathedral was a very serene and a place that took one back in time. The White cliffs of Dover were also beautiful but would have looked more majestic from the sea and not the city. Overall a great journey/tour. Thanks Viator
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Carmen, Thank you for the 5* rating! We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. We hope to welcome you again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Wonderful day
WilliamA_M
, May 2022
Guide Kevin was terrific!! Sites were great and all was very enjoyable. We found that the time allowed was about perfect and everything went very well
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello William, Thank you for leaving us a 5* rating! We take pride in providing the best service possible and we are glad to see Kevin did not disappoint. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
A Day To Remember
michael_m
, May 2022
Chrissie, our tour guide, and Andy, our driver, made the entire day a great experience. Travel and commentary through London, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover made the day go by pleasantly. I wish we could have spent more time at each stop.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Michael, 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. We agree that we would like to give more time at each venue however we are restricted on timing due to driving hour legislation. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
Truly recommend
NATALIA_S
, May 2022
Very beautiful sights! The guide and the driver were very thoughtful and helpful. The cities are amazing.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Natalie, 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
10+ for Sheila my guide
Julie_E
, Apr 2022
Sheila is delightful guide and teacher. She gave care to her instructions that let you know she had experience and knowledge to share. Went solo and appreciated that a no point would I be at a loss to find my way.
star-2
Poor
JoBeth_H
, Apr 2022
The guide was very good. Expected to see an actual castle...not a castle converted to a private residence. Very disappointed in this tour and would not recommend
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Disappointed that the...
Mtheo1
, Apr 2022
Disappointed that the tour was canceled twice and few alternatives offered. I felt more choices n eded
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Mtheo1, First of all thank you very much for providing us with your feedback and taking the time to leave us a review. We take all reviews, either positive or negative, very seriously and use them to formulate our strategy for years to come. We are incredibly sorry that we were unable to operate the tour to Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour. Unfortunately with fewer international tourists visiting because of the pandemic, we are not always able to operate every tour date. When this happens, we give as much notice as possible, which is usually several days in advance of the departure date and we offer guests the option to travel with us on the next available tour date, to book another tour, or a full refund. We are sorry to hear that you did not want to go with the alternatives that were offered. You should have received a full refund along with our apologies, however if you do have any further questions or concerns then please call (02079501777) or email us (reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk). Best wishes, Evan Evans Team
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Worth visiting
Purvesh_P
, Apr 2022
Amazing tour, our tour Guide was very patient and give us all small details of the place we visited.
star-2
Poor
Richard_F
, Apr 2022
The driver James and the guide David were amazing. James made some spilt decisions to avoid traffic and overall smooth trip without spending much time in traffic. The trip was too quick an hour at Leeds & Canterbury , 20 mins Dover. We left at 9am and were back by 5pm in london. I wanted to spend some more time exploring each places and others in the bus felt the same. So I wouldn’t recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Kevin was our guide and...
Kdtucker4
, Apr 2022
Kevin was our guide and he is funny and great on his history. Coaches were comfortable, loved the sightseeing out the windows on the way. All was great!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience. We take pride in providing a clean and comfortable space for all of our guests, so our team appreciates that you noticed. We are so delighted that you rate our service as 5 Star as we strive to provide just that for all our customers. We will of course pass on the kind words over to Kevin. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
We enjoyed our tour. Our...
Evelyn_M
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed our tour. Our guide, Rowan, shared a lot of historical information. We enjoyed the beautiful garden of the Leeds Castle- though we didn’t see the black swans nor the peacock.
star-5
Wonderful day and tour
Sheri_N
, Apr 2022
We went to Leeds castle, Dover and the Cathedral. Beautiful spots, we just would have preferred going to the top of the cliff in Dover instead of to the town.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Sheri, We appreciate the feedback about the Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip. We especially appreciate you pointing out about the cliffs, we will forward this to management for future consideration. Any feedback we get helps us improve for future visits. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
You never disappoint me!!!
Barbara_M
, Apr 2022
Really, I am delighted, if I were at a theatre play I would shout Encore! Rowan our guide went the extra or better over/ above the extra mile to explain and assist with competence, knowledge and lots of funny jokes. This is a highlight tour and she was perfect! I am a repeat customer and Rowan deserves a reward: she turned Evans Evans into Heavens Heavens! I loved her tales about the Kent sheep, so real and funny!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Barbara, Thank you for this wonderful 5* review! We do our best to keep our customers happy and we are glad that our hard work has paid off! We will forward this review over to Rowan, she will be delighted to know she made the day a memorable one for you! We hope to see you again soon on another one of our tours. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and White Cliffs
George_T
, Apr 2022
Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral was highlights. White Cliffs was disappointing, we were not close enough otherwise would have been a 5 rating. Enjoyed the trip with Rowan a very knowledgeable tour guide and a great driver Alex.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello George, Thank you for leaving us feedback about the tour. We are sorry that you found the White Cliffs part of the tour to be disappointing, we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We are always looking for ways to improve, we will pass this on to management for future consideration. We will pass on the kind words over to Rowan and Alex, they will be very happy to know they were able to meet your expectations. We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Evan Evans Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Evans always delivers.
Brent_B
, Apr 2022
The overall trip was really well put together with plenty of time to see important sites. Sheila gave us important facts starting in London, all the way to Canterbury. I have been many times and still learn new facts from the excellent tour guides like her. My only negative comment would be that the visit to the cliffs was really more of a drive by. I get the difficulty of getting closer and traffic across the tunnel, but I would have billed this a little differently to manage expectations. I would still highly recommend the trip. The historic importance of Dover with respect to Canterbury warranted the stop and didn't detract from the overall trip.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Brent, We're happy to see that you had a 5-Star experience. Seeing that you had a 5-Star experience is the best thing we could hope for! We are sorry that the Dover part of the tour was disappointing, we will pass this on to management. We will pass on the kind words over to Sheila, she will be very happy to know she made the day informative and fun. We hope you come visit us again soon. Best wishes Evan Evans Team
star-5
This tour was wonderful!...
Lisa_L
, Apr 2022
This tour was wonderful! The tour guide was great! Each site we visited was beautiful and we had plenty of time at each stop. I would definitely do this one again if I ever go back to England
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nice to escape London and see the country
Cami_S
, Mar 2022
Peter and Paul were a great pair. The tour company is one block from an underground “tube” station. Scenic drive. Leeds castle is nice. There is a cafe there to get sandwiches or fish and chips. Cliffs of Dover are nice. There isn’t much to do there and the stop is short. Canterbury is very nice and the town has a lot of shops. There is enough time to have a bite to eat before heading back to London. Use the restroom before heading back—it’s a long way back and the tour office is closed, which means no restroom facilities are available. We didn’t see any in Victoria station either.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Our guide Sheila was very...
Christine_M
, Mar 2022
Our guide Sheila was very knowledgeable and nice. The trip was well organized and smooth. I would recommend the tour for someone considering a trip out of central London.

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