• £139.00 Adult
  • £119.00 Child (2-15)
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Canterbury, White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle – Small Group Day Tour

Travelling from London, this tour takes you through the Kent countryside to the city of Canterbury for a guided tour and entrance to the mighty Cathedral where the famous archbishop Thomas Beckett was murdered. Take a photo stop at the historic port of Dover and look out from the white cliffs to France. Then enter ‘ the loveliest castle in the world’ originally quoted by Lord Conway, the famous Leeds castle.



  • £139.00 Adult
  • £119.00 Child (2-15)

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Tour Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Entry included to Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle
  • Walking tour of Canterbury
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover and Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach!
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Tour Schedule

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.

Important Information

On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre.  This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

Departure times

07.20am Outside Ashburn Hotel, 111 Cromwell Road, Kensington (near Gloucester Road Tube station), London
07.30am Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch
07.45am Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance

This tour normally ends by 18.00pm

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website.


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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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essentials

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely Out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.