Full Day Small Group Tour
Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens of England – Canterbury, Leeds Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover
Small Group Tours – Maximum 16/18pax
East of London lies the county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. We will tour the leafy lanes and winding roads, following the pilgrim’s route to the great cathedral at Canterbury, admire Leeds Castle, the ‘loveliest in the world’ and stand high up on the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover and look outwards across the channel to France.
We travel over the Weald of Kent, past hop fields, orchards and Oast Houses to the city of Canterbury for a guided tour within its ancient walls and entry included to Canterbury Cathedral. Once in the cathedral, the cradle of English Christianity, we hear of St Augustine and the baptism of King Ethelbert in the year 597 and the brutal murder of St Thomas Becket in 1170. Within the precincts and cloisters of this great cathedral lie the tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. A wealth of architecture is revealed around every corner, from the Norman columns in the crypt to the illuminating arches of the Early English nave. Elsewhere in the city there will be time to explore the castle, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses with their distinctive hanging tiles.
We depart Canterbury and drive to the historic port of Dover. On arrival on Dover there is a photo stop at Dover Castle, a fortress and known as the key to England. From here we drive along the White Cliffs of Dover until we arrive at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. Here we can look out over the ocean to France, have a view of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and recall a less peaceful time when the skies above Kent were witness to outstanding acts of bravery as less than 3,000 men tried to change the course of World War II and stop the Nazis from gaining air superiority and invading this country. Learn of pilots, planes, heroic acts, dogfights, casualties, let your mind absorb all this around you and remember those words of Winston Churchill – “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.
Finally we proceed to Leeds Castle, set majestically within an island on a natural lake. The residence of many English Queens over several centuries, this popular home was described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. After a guided tour through the gardens there will be plenty of free time to explore the castle and maze before our return to London.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre by aprox 18.00 hrs.
• Fully guided lecture standard tour
• Walking tour of Canterbury and entry to Canterbury Cathedral
• Visit to White cliffs of Dover & Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
• Entry to Leeds Castle and grounds
As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to spend more time out of the vehicle. We also employ only the very best driver/guides.
Friendly and Professional Guides – Small Groups – More Scenic Routes – More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money
Dates of Operation:
April 2019 to October 2019 ONLY – EVERY Tuesday
April 2020 to October 2020 ONLY – EVERY Friday
07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch