Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich Tour

This tour takes you on a private visit to Leeds Castle before we stop at Canterbury Cathedral. After lunch we pass the Dover Cliffs en route to Greenwich where we will take a river boat ride to the Embankment Pier passing Tower Bridge and the amazing St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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Tour Highlights

  • Leeds Castle private visit
  • Canterbury Cathedral entrance ticket
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle
  • View the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
  • Thames Riverboat Ride
  • Air-conditioned luxury coach
  • Professional guide
  • Free Wi-Fi on our coaches
  • Free walking tour of London
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Leeds Castle private visit

500 acres of parkland surround this beautiful castle which sits on an island in a lake and dates from the 12th century, the perfect haven for royalty wanting to get away from it all. Catherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII, lived here for a time.

On this private visit your guide will bring to life how the Tudors lived at this outstanding fortress, and you can try a tot of mead at the recently refurbished Gatehouse.

Canterbury Cathedral

Hosting the oldest Cathedral in England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the centre of the Church of England, Canterbury is a fascinating medieval city.

Thomas Becket (that “troublesome priest” who annoyed Henry II) was murdered in the Cathedral in 1170, creating a destination for pilgrims ever since. You’ll visit this Gothic Cathedral with its stained glass windows and spooky crypt.

Free Snack Pack Lunch

Provided on board, this tasty cheese and salad sub sandwich, packet of crisps, chocolate cookie and bottle of water lets you spend more time sightseeing without having to worry about trying to find somewhere for lunch.

White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle

The most famous cliffs in England have stood sentinel against invaders for thousands of years. We’ll stop for a photo along this amazing length of coastline and see the enormous Dover Castle, a fortress that has been redesigned many times and includes everything from a Roman lighthouse through to World War II secret tunnels.


From Dover we continue to Greenwich, a World Heritage Site forever associated with Britain’s maritime history. The fastest tea clipper ship ever built – Cutty Sark – is berthed here. We’ll also see the wonderful Royal Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren.

Thames Riverboat Ride

A gentle cruise from Greenwich to Embankment Pier rounds off our day. Along the was we’ll pass the instantly recognisable Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and other famous London landmarks.

The tour ends at Embankment Pier at approximately 6.30pm.

Free Walking Tour of London

Why not take advantage of one of our free walking tours while you stay in London? Check out some famous landmarks, see where the Beatles made their music or learn all about the Royal Family’s favourite places to spend time. You can take the tour whenever you like while you’re here.

Choose between the Beatles Walking Tour and the Royal Walking Tour.

Important Information

  • Bookings made after midnight UK time for a same day tour will not receive a free snack pack.
  • During peak periods, WiFi may not be available on some coaches.
  • The hotel pick-up service will not operate from 1st April 2017 so clients will need to make their own way to Golden Tours’ Visitor Centre in Victoria.


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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