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Dover Castle Admission Ticket

1. Dover Castle Admission Ticket

Step into the vibrant world of Henry II’s medieval royal palace and follow lifelike hologram figures round the private chambers, guest rooms, and great hall, along with the kitchen and armories. After immersing yourself in life at the 12th-century court, climb to the roof of the Great Tower for amazing panoramic views over the huge medieval castle, which was one of the strongest in England. Enjoy the unique experience of the secret wartime tunnels, telling the story of the 1940 Miracle of Dunkirk using film, audio, and archive photography. Witness the evacuation of over 300,000 British and allied troops as the rescue operation is played out before your eyes.

Canterbury: Guided Walking Tour

2. Canterbury: Guided Walking Tour

From medieval lanes and pilgrim inns to the majestic Cathedral's Precincts, travel back in time as your guide regales you with stories and reveals how the city has evolved over the years on this 90-minute guided walking tour. Meet your Guide in the historic Buttermarket in central Canterbury and begin to explore this historic place. Walk through the narrow cobbled lanes with their timber-framed buildings and see magnificent views toward the Cathedral. Admire the Crooked House, the Old Weavers' House and infamous ducking stool, and Eastbridge Hospital, a place of hospitality for Pilgrims since 1190. You’ll also see more modern architecture such as the Marlowe Theatre and its very own moving statue. You will also journey around the outside of the Cathedral, and where possible see the ruins of the old monastery, the cloisters, and the grounds of the historic King's School.

London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

3. London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

On this full-day excursion from London, your first stop will be the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. There’s plenty to see in Canterbury, including the Cathedral, St. Martin’s Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey. Pilgrims have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages, and it remains popular today with visitors from around the world. You’ll travel on to the coast to see the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the country’s most spectacular natural features. An icon of Britain, the White Cliffs have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. Take a walk along the clifftops and look out over the busy English Channel. On a clear day you’ll be able to see across to France. Just a short drive up the road from the White Cliffs of Dover is Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country, strategically placed at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe. The castle has played a prominent role in Britain’s history, and dates back to the Iron Age. A Roman lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church still stand within the grounds. Admission to the castle is included in the tour and you’ll also have some free time to explore the grounds.

Kent: Leeds Castle Admission Ticket

4. Kent: Leeds Castle Admission Ticket

Visit one of the most popular historic attractions in Britain, and take in the grounds of a medieval castle. Set amongst a Kentish parkland, the castle grounds host afternoon teas, falconry displays, adventure golf, and classic gardens. Take in Leeds Castle, an 11th century Norman stronghold, and uncover how the British would have lived year after year in the huge architectural feat. Learn how England’s kings and queens would have used the 500 acres of grounds for their pleasure. Discover how the Anglo-American heiress Lady Baillie restored and transformed the castle into an elegant 20th-century retreat. Today it stands with grounds to explore through the Princess Alexandra Gardens and a yew tree maze designed by Adrian Fisher. Enjoy afternoon tea, and falconry shows.

From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

5. From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour of the English countryside. You will head to the Garden of England, with visits to Kent’s Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Canterbury Cathedral. The journey takes you over the Greenwich Meridian and past the London district that is home to the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper, and the Royal Observatory. Then see Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as “the loveliest castle in the world.” Set in the middle of a lake, and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, enter the castle before the doors open to the public, and experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. Have time to explore the castle grounds and find the Lady Baillie Garden, with views over the lake. Next, make your way to Canterbury and visit the historic Canterbury Cathedral. The most important Anglican church in the world, the central Bell Harry Tower dates back to 1498, and the crypt is from the 11th-Century. Your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170, and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury, with an opportunity to stop for lunch. Continue your tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent, dotted with unusual buildings and quaint villages. Arrive at Dover, to see the famous White Cliffs, standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle, still watching over the town after 800 years.

From London: White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day-Trip

6. From London: White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day-Trip

Discover the beauty of Kent on this day trip from London. Travel aboard a comfortable and airconditioned coach to admire the White Cliffs of Dover. Follow your guide on a walking tour of Canterbury to uncover the city's fascinating history. Depart London on a full-day tour to explore the southern county of Kent, known as the garden of England.  Continue to the White Cliffs of Dover, with time to enjoy a coastal breathtaking walk or simply take in the coastal views. On a clear day, see magnificent views of the English Channel and even France. Enjoy an hour of free-time to marvel at the beauty of the White Cliffs. The visitor center offers an opportunity to get refreshments and souvenirs. Then choose to spend longer at the Cliffs, or visit Dover Castle, one of the most impressive castles in England. Continue to the historic city of Canterbury, where your guide will introduce you to the city with an informative walking tour. Wander among the ancient buildings and charming streets of this picturesque city.  Take some free time to visit Canterbury Cathedral if you wish, or spend longer exploring this magnificent historic city. Spend 2.5 hours in Canterbury, with time for lunch, a walking tour, a cathedral visit, and time to explore. Arrive back in London in the early evening

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

7. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your friendly and local driver-guide at the Brighton pick-up point. This ancient landscape is characterized by the rolling chalk hills, created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at the eerily named Devil's Dyke with views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created and see the unique Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Head to Middle Farm, a traditional Sussex farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years, offering the largest selection of Sussex produce in its farm shop. Stop for 30 minutes to have a good look around and grab a snack. Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs, passing through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs. Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Stop at Seaford Head for the iconic view of The Seven Sisters.  Before returning to Brighton, stop in the village of Rottingdean. Stroll through the gardens of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, before transferring back to the city center, arriving back in Brighton at 5:00 PM.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

8. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

You’ll depart from London in the morning on a drive to Leeds Castle, the former royal residence of 6 of England's medieval queens. The palace was transformed by Henry VIII, and became a retreat for the rich and powerful. Begin with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. Explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards, and the banqueting hall. Afterwards, you’ll see the grounds that are home to wildfowl, black swans, and birds in the aviary. Next on your full-day tour is a scenic drive along the old coastal road to the famous white cliffs of Dover. Admire the historic port and its magnificent 12th-century castle. On a clear day there are views of France across the English Channel. After your Dover visit, experience the ancient city of Canterbury, the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Tour its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. After touring the cathedral you’ll have free time to explore Canterbury. Take a walking tour through Greenwich, which boasts exquisite parks and gardens. See the famous Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time. As evening approaches, you’ll enjoy an exclusive Thames River cruise. Cruise back to the center of London, sailing past historic sites, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

9. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

Described as 'the loveliest castle in the world' by Lord Conway, Leeds Castle sits on 500 acres of landscaped parkland across two idyllic islands, deep in the heart of the magnificent Kent countryside. Early arrival and visit Leeds Castle, where Henry VIII retreated to escape the plague that was raging in London during his reign. Upon arrival at Leeds Castle you will be greeted by your guide. Discover the history behind this magical castle and experience life how Henry VIII would have! Next up, embark on a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the scene of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. Learn the intriguing history behind this captivating masterpiece of medieval architecture. Marvel at the cathedral’s spectacular stained glass windows, many of which have survived from the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Then, tantalize your taste buds with a traditional two-course meal. Visit the gateway to England and admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover, with a photo stop on the stunning stretch of coastline that faces continental Europe. You'll also see Dover Castle, a commanding medieval fortress rising over the English Channel and a key film location in 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. Then, head to Greenwich to see the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the Royal Observatory and world–famous Cutty Sark, a fascinating 19th–century clipper ship. Get a fresh perspective on London’s attractions with a boat ride on the River Thames, from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. You'll pass Tower Bridge and stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

Canterbury: Personalized Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Canterbury: Personalized Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore the historic sights of Canterbury on a guided walking trip with a trained guide. See The Crooked House, the Canterbury Cathedral Precincts, and more, while learning local history. Customize your tour by telling your guide about your group and personal interests beforehand.  Starting in the quaint Buttermarket, site of historic pilgrim inns and old bull stake and home to the imposing Christchurch Gate entrance to the Canterbury Cathedral. From here, set out to explore the narrow cobbled lanes of central Canterbury with its eclectic mix of historic buildings and pilgrim inns, alongside the memorable Canterbury Cathedral Precincts.  Get transported back in time as your guide tells you the stories and dark history of the city. Learn how the city has evolved over the years as you navigate the medieval lanes with their timber-framed buildings and views toward the cathedral.  Spot quirky buildings such as The Crooked House, the Old Weavers House, the infamous ducking stool, and Eastbridge Hospital, a place of hospitality for Pilgrims since 1190. See examples of modern architecture, such as The Marlowe Theatre and its very own moving statue. Before the end of your tour, you’ll get to journey around the outside of the Canterbury Cathedral and possibly see the ruins of the old monastery, the cloisters, and the grounds of the historic King's School. If you have any particular interests, from architecture to gardens or literature, or you're simply with a young family, your personal guide will be happy to tailor your tour (if communicated prior to the tour). Please note, after booking you will be contacted by Canterbury Tourist Guides to confirm your booking, and to provide your Guide details. Please contact us if you have not received anything at least 24 hours before your tour.

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It was a great day, with an informed guide to prepare us prior to each site with a bit of history and context. Dover Castle was amazing to see, but there is not enough time to see everything the castle has to offer. I was able to see the Underground Hospital, WW1 and WW2 outdoor features as well as The Great Tower (also had lunch and a stop at the gift shop!). The Great Tower is a must to climb to see the amazing view, and even on a cloudy day, I could still see France! Be prepared for walking hills, as this is a medieval castle, built with a mote, it is a bit of a walk from the coach parking area and back again. May not be ideal for anyone with mobility issues, unless they have a way of avoiding the walk to and from the castle. The view from the White Cliffs was stunning and so thankful it was apart of the tour. It was windy, so be prepared with appropriate gear. Canterbury Cathedral was amazing! So much to see and experience - and my favourite part!

The scenery is wonderful. The itinerary is orderly arranged and ample free time has been given at Canterbury. Most preferably if the part of Canterbury can be packed up a bit to make room for the Dover Castle visit. It seems that the itinerary can be enriched. Anyway, in terms of the cost and the beautiful scenery as well as the historical Canterbury Cathedral, this is a worthy tour.

A lovely day trip to Dover and Canterbury. The guide was informative, friendly and helpful. A perfect taste of England's beauty and history. We had a great day.

Worth every penny . A lovely castle to visit and lots to see . Views from the castle were lovely . The caves and hospital were very interesting .

Great experience! The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Time to spend at each location. Didn’t feel rushed.