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Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Legendary churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and other famous landmarks await you on this day trip from London. Discover Leeds Castle before it opens to the public during a private, guided visit; snap photos of the striking White Cliffs of Dover; tour Canterbury Cathedral, immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales'; explore the beautiful borough of Greenwich; and take in London’s world-famous sights on a sunset cruise along the Thames River.
  • Day trip to Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich from London
  • Enjoy a private tour of beautiful Leeds Castle away from the crowds
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most famous and impressive churches in the world
  • Admire the white-chalk Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel
  • Learn about Greenwich’s important maritime history on a walking tour
  • Take a Thames River cruise past famous London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London
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Leeds Castle
Canterbury Cathedral
Thames River Cruise
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle with Free Wi-Fi on board
Hotel pick-up & drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station (Stop W), London SW1W 9TN, UK

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Return Details

Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU, London of Freedom#8573311~!#, UK
Depart from Victoria Coach Station, and unwind during the drive to Leeds Castle, roughly one hour away. Built as a Norman fortress in the 12th century, the castle has a long, colorful history, from its time as a royal palace for King Edward I in the 13th century through to the American heiress, Lady Baillie, who was the castle’s last private owner. 

Enjoy early entry to the castle, so you can explore its buildings and grounds before it opens to the general public, and head inside with a guide for a private visit. Explore the bedrooms, chapel, banquet halls, galleries and courtyards. Then make the most of free time to wander around the gardens, lake and maze.

When the time comes, return to your coach and travel along the coast to the White Cliffs of Dover, a towering cliff face made of white chalk. Learn how the striking cliffs, which lines part of the English Channel, were the entry point for past war invasions, and then continue to Canterbury.

In Canterbury, take a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Christianity’s most important churches. You’ll also enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) and explore Canterbury Old Town.

Return to London by way of Greenwich, a London borough notable for its maritime history, as the birthplace of many English monarchs from the House of Tudors, and of course, Greenwich Mean Time. Take in the grand sights, from palaces to parks, on a walking tour. Then, return to central London in the evening and conclude your tour with a sunset cruise on the Thames River.

Your tour concludes at Embankment Pier.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Greenwich
Enjoy a short walking tour of Greenwich seeing the Cutty Sark
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canterbury Cathedral
Visit Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The White Cliffs of Dover
See the White cliffs of Dover
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Leeds Castle
Visit Leeds Castle, described as the "Loveliest castle in the world"
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Thames River
Enjoy a leisurely cruise from Greenwich back to London
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Premium Tours - London Tours
Tour operated by Premium Tours
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to the popular Festival of Flowers event at Leeds Castle from 12th -16th September 2020 we will be unable to provide the exclusive private guided tour of the castle during this period. Instead we will visit Leeds Castle in the afternoon so that guests can enjoy this wonderful event during a less busy time of day
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London.
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What is the social distancing policy during Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London.

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  • "Since there was so much to do, there was no time for a leisurely lunch." See review

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Couldn’t understand
dcstovall12
, Oct 2019
English was not the guides first language. She was difficult to understand she did not get any nuances of the English language, and added no value to the trip.
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star-5
Leeds Castle / Canterbury Cathedral
1mrmagoo
, Aug 2019
Clarissa our guide was wonderful n informative. The coach was comfortable. It was a long tour/day but well worth it. We also got to the Dover cliffs n the British war museum. Recommend it
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busy day
Climber791009
, Jul 2019
The tour is comprehensive. Worst part was driving out of London in traffic. There was not enough time to enjoy the gardens at Leeds Castle. Going to the new RAF memorial at Dover was a plus. Canterbury was lovely even though the Cathedral is having repairs done. Boat ride at the end was a nice way to end the day. Our tour guide was very educational.
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Loved this tour!
Curious45848259030
, Jun 2019
Wonderful day trip. Our tour guide shared many interesting stories along the way. I only wish we could have spent more time in each place!
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Cancellation Never Went Through
Camper48388947214
, Jan 2019
Because I fell ill, I had submitted a cancellation on this trip 48 hours in advance and it never went through.
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Very nice tour. Enjoyed al, the...
Lauren S
, Oct 2018
Very nice tour. Enjoyed al, the location even tough the weather didnt cooperate. Coach was clean and comfortable. I would use this tour operator again.
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star-4
Fun but busy day
Steve V
, Sep 2018
There are many things that I enjoyed about this trip, but some that I did not. All the sites that we visited were enjoyable. Especially nice to see the Battle of Britain Memorial. Don't think that this was mentioned online when booking. The tour guide was very nice. Some things that could be improved upon: The departure point at Victoria Coach terminal is very crowded, worse than an airport terminal with people rushing to be the first to board. While we had early entry to Leeds Castle, the solo visitors were right on our backs. Thought that our early entry would give us time to enjoy the castle without interruptions. Thankfully we had a small group. Since there was so much to do, there was no time for a leisurely lunch. The sandwiches at the Battle of Britain memorial leave something to be desired. Bring snacks. I was expecting the Thames river cruise to be later since it was supposed to be a sunset cruise. While enjoyable, the boat moved fast. I am glad I did another river cruise the prior day, which was a more casual pace. Overall it was enjoyable and I am glad I did it.
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Just ok. Wouldn't do again
kyle2here
, Aug 2018
The first stop at Leeds castle was the highlight for us. Just a great setting and neat castle still being used for different rental events. Although working with scaffolding on the front. Another 20 mins would have been perfect and we could have squeezed in a gondola ride around the castle. Just barely cut time too close to leaving for us to risk. Gift shop over priced. Same knights decor 50 pounds more than tower london shop for same merchandise. Canterbury was nice but not as impressive as I expected. However, we had seen a lot of cathedrals and abbey's over 2 weeks. I probably wouldn't have cared to see it if not for all the Canterbury tales reading growing up. Would have been fine skipping though in hindsight. Also scaffolding work on it. We actually didn't try to rush and shop in town here, but sat down and had one of the nicer lunches/meals of our vacation. Also stopped at a WW2 memorial for good views of the white cliffs of Dover. Not too long here but you dont really need more than 20 mins. Overall we weren't wowed by the white cliffs, but they were pretty. Greenwich is a pointless stop other than catching your cruise back. I'm sorry, but dont call it a cruise. Misleading from what you expect. It's a large water taxi. Carries a lot of people inside the boat. Not allowed on deck. Imagine an interior twice as large as a big airplane. Your sitting in rows with no great views and it can get a little warm. No commentary either. The windows aren't great for viewing as they are really dirty. It literally is a water taxi. We had a much better experience a few days earlier with one of the hop on hop off water taxis that allowed you to sit on deck, cleaner, and pointed out sights. Cruise is a definite let down here. Only plus was got off around 6:30 near london eye and able to book tickets to ride for 8pm. The final comment is on the guide. She was nice, but my least favorite guide over the two weeks here and just too soft spoken with not much personality. Not nearly as educational as other guides. Voice could put you to sleep on the bus. Overall, wish I had this day back for something else.
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Very Good Tour with Tons of Knowledge shared
bstewart0305
, Jul 2018
I took this tour with two kids, 7 & 14. It wasnt their favorite but I thought it was well done. The boat ride at the end was anticlimactic. We got off the air conditioned bus to stand in the hot sun for 45 minutes waiting for the water taxi, which was entirely indoors and muggy. Leeds castle was beautiful and the cathedral tour was time well spent.
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I was very happy with this tour. It...
Holly Z
, Mar 2018
I was very happy with this tour. It was just the right pace with the perfect amount of sightseeing. Leeds Castle was beautiful. The tour of Canterbury Cathedral of the time for lunch in the town was lovely. Going to Dover and seeing the white cliffs was really special. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. The boat ride from Greenwich was a fun way to end the day. I highly recommmend this tour.
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