Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens of England - 1 day
- Small group tour with maximum 16 people
- Expert, friendly guide
- Entry included to Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle
- Walking tour of Canterbury
- See the White Cliffs of Dover & 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!
This day trip operates April to October, available every Tuesday.
Detailed Tour Description
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. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
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 6pm
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.
Changes by You
If you wish to change any part of your booking arrangements after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us, or your agent in writing as soon as possible. This should be done by the person who made the booking. Whilst we will do our best to assist, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requested change. Where we can meet a request, all changes will be subject to any applicable rate changes or extra costs incurred. If you make the changes more than 3 months before your departure, you will have to pay an administration fee of £50 for each person whose booking has changed, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. If you make a change within ten weeks of your departure you may have to pay cancellation charges. You may be able to make changes to passenger names up to four weeks before departure at a cost of £50 for each name changed, however this is not guaranteed. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us as a result together with the appropriate amendment fee as set out above must be paid before the transfer can be made. Where we are unable to assist you and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by you and cancellation fees will be payable.
If you cancel your booking
If you have to, or wish to, cancel your booking, the party leader must immediately contact us or your travel agent and then confirm your cancellation. The day we receive your telephone notification of cancellation is the date on which your booking is cancelled. Since we incur costs in cancelling your booking, a cancellation charge will be levied as shown in the following table.
Number of days before start date of your arrangements that notification of cancellation is received by us.
More than 28 days: 20% of booking value
27 – 15 days: 50% of total invoice cost including supplements
14 days or less: 100% of total invoice cost including supplements
Where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number of free places and/or concessions agreed for your booking we will recalculate these items and invoice you accordingly. Please note that other service providers may impose higher cancellation charges. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.
- Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (Wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside hotel entrance.)
- Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street
- Outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch