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From London: Canterbury, Dover, and Kent Villages Day Trip

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Activity provider: The English Bus

From London: Canterbury, Dover, and Kent Villages Day Trip

Activity provider: The English Bus
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From US$ 133.68 per person

See for yourself why Kent is known as the Garden of England on this day trip from London. Visit Greenwich, Canterbury, and Dover with its white cliffs and medieval castle.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Visit Greenwich - where the eastern and western hemispheres meet
  • Explore Canterbury with its famous Cathedral, and take an optional guided walking tour
  • Marvel at the epic white chalk cliffs from the best vantage point on land - a place that only smaller vehicles can access!
  • Take a trip back in time with a visit to the medieval Dover Castle, learning of its history from 11th century up to WWII
  • Drive through quaint Kent countryside, dotted with orchards, hop fields and curiously shaped oast houses, with a stop in charming Chilham
Full description

Enjoy a full-day tour from London to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Castle and Kent Villages, alongside one of our highly regarded, passionate and friendly guides. Departing central London we will take a scenic, guided drive through quintessential English countryside, visiting towns and cities with huge historical importance. Discover for yourself why Kent is known as the "Garden of England" - it can't be missed! We will travel through time - literally, with a visit to Greenwich where GMT began, before heading to Canterbury, with its world famous cathedral. Then a breathtaking view of the white cliffs of Dover and a visit to Dover Castle. We take the scenic route through some glorious Kent countryside, with a stop in a typical Kent village on our return to London after a full day exploring... Our first stop - Greenwich, the place where time began, and home to the Prime Meridian Line, where the eastern and western hemispheres meet and the Greenwich Observatory where the world was divided into coordinates and time zones. See the Cutty Sark, world famous 19th century tea clipper sailing ship. Enjoy views of Royal Greenwich Park and the Royal Naval College. Next - the "key to England" - Dover! Venturing deeper into the Kent countryside, through hop fields, orchards and Oast houses (curiously shaped buildings that were used for drying hops as part of the brewing process), we head towards the English channel (the stretch of water separating England and France) for a glimpse of the impressive white chalk cliffs guarding the coastline, and on a clear day we may be able to see all the way to France! Then we head up the cliffs to the imposing Dover Castle and its network of tunnels that were instrumental as a military command centre and an underground hospital in WWII. Onward, to Canterbury, with an en route stop in Chilham, a charming, quintessentially English village centred around a square with half timbered buildings and a 15th century pub. Canterbury is famous of course for its cathedral that is the Mother Church for English Christianity, and home to Royal tombs and more. Your guide will offer an optional (free) walking tour to show you some of its hidden secrets and passageways. You will have a couple of hours to explore Canterbury on your own - we'll give you a map and some tips to help you get the most from your visit. Perhaps you might like to venture into the Cathedral, or soak up the atmosphere of this modern and vibrant city with its important historical past. On our way out of Canterbury, we will drive past the old Roman walls, and should catch sight of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church - together with the Cathedral, the 3 sites make up the UNESCO World Heritage listing for Canterbury. And then it's time to set sail back to London. Relax in comfort in one of our new, luxury Mercedes mini-coaches with all the mod cons. Traffic dependent, we aim to arrive back in central London between 8-8.15pm after a full day adventure.

  • Transportation by comfortable air-conditioned 16-seat Mercedes minicoach
  • Professional driver and guide
  • Walking tour of Canterbury
  • Map of Canterbury
  • Bottled water
  • Return to original departure point
  • Flexible booking terms
  • The tour price does not include your optional entrance to Canterbury Cathedral or Dover Castle. Tickets for both sites can be bought on arrival. Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral is £14 for adults and children go FREE. From April 2022, entrance to Dover Castle is £13 for children (5-17), £19.60 for over 65's/students and £21.80 for adults with exception of peak season (June 1st - August 31st 2022) prices are £14.10 for children (5-17), £21.20 for over 65's/students and £23.60 for adults. *Note that these prices are controlled by English Heritage and are subject to change.
  • Food and drink is not included
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet your guide near the London Eye, near the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, Waterloo – SE1 7BP.

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  • The tour price does not include your entrance to Dover Castle or optional entrance to Canterbury Cathedral. Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral for children (17 and under) is FREE, adults £14. Tickets can be bought on arrival. For Dover Castle, we book in advance and tickets are available on the day from your guide - they will collect the cash from you on the day. From April 2022 tickets are £13 for children (5-17), £19.60 for over 65's/students and £21.80 for adults with exception of peak season (June 1st - August 31st 2022) prices are £14.10 for children (5-17), £21.20 for over 65's/students and £23.60 for adults.*Note that these prices are controlled by English Heritage and are subject to change.
  • This tour guarantees an intimate experience by limiting the number of participants to 16.
  • As you will spend a significant amount of time outside, suitable clothing and footwear are recommended.
  • Unfortunately, children under the age of 3 cannot be accommodated on this tour.
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April 21, 2022

Wonderful day. Perfectly paced with time at each destination. Andy was an amazing tour guide!

May 13, 2022

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