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White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury: Day-Trip from London

1. White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury: Day-Trip from London

Depart London on a full-day tour to explore the southern county of Kent, known as the garden of England.  Continue to the White Cliffs of Dover, with time to enjoy a coastal breathtaking walk or simply take in the coastal views. On a clear day, see magnificent views of the English Channel and even France. Enjoy an hour of free-time to marvel at the beauty of the White Cliffs. The visitor center offers an opportunity to get refreshments and souvenirs. Then choose to spend longer at the Cliffs, or visit Dover Castle, one of the most impressive castles in England. Continue to the historic city of Canterbury, where your guide will introduce you to the city with an informative walking tour. Wander among the ancient buildings and charming streets of this picturesque city. Take some free time to visit Canterbury Cathedral if you wish, or spend longer exploring this magnificent historic city. Spend 2.5 hours in Canterbury, with time for lunch, a walking tour, cathedral visit and time to explore. Arrive back in London by around 6:30 PM.

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London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

2. London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

On this full-day excursion from London, your first stop will be the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. There’s plenty to see in Canterbury, including the Cathedral, St. Martin’s Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey. Pilgrims have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages, and it remains popular today with visitors from around the world. You’ll travel on to the coast to see the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the country’s most spectacular natural features. An icon of Britain, the White Cliffs have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. Take a walk along the clifftops and look out over the busy English Channel. On a clear day you’ll be able to see across to France. Just a short drive up the road from the White Cliffs of Dover is Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country, strategically placed at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe. The castle has played a prominent role in Britain’s history, and dates back to the Iron Age. A Roman lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church still stand within the grounds. Admission to the castle is included in the tour and you’ll also have some free time to explore the grounds.

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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

3. Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

You’ll depart from London in the morning on a drive to Leeds Castle, the former royal residence of 6 of England's medieval queens. The palace was transformed by Henry VIII, and became a retreat for the rich and powerful. Begin with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. Explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards, and the banqueting hall. Afterwards, you’ll see the grounds that are home to wildfowl, black swans, and birds in the aviary. Next on your full-day tour is a scenic drive along the old coastal road to the famous white cliffs of Dover. Admire the historic port and its magnificent 12th-century castle. On a clear day there are views of France across the English Channel. After your Dover visit, experience the ancient city of Canterbury, the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Tour its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. After touring the cathedral you’ll have free time to explore Canterbury. Take a walking tour through Greenwich, which boasts exquisite parks and gardens. See the famous Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time. As evening approaches, you’ll enjoy an exclusive Thames River cruise. Cruise back to the center of London, sailing past historic sites, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.

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From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

4. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your friendly and local driver-guide at the Brighton pick-up point. This ancient landscape is characterized by the rolling chalk hills, created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at the eerily named Devil's Dyke with views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created and see the unique Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Head to Middle Farm, a traditional Sussex farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years, offering the largest selection of Sussex produce in its farm shop. Stop for 30 minutes to have a good look around and grab a snack. Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs, passing through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs. Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Stop at Seaford Head for the iconic view of The Seven Sisters.  Before returning to Brighton, stop in the village of Rottingdean. Stroll through the gardens of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, before transferring back to the city center, arriving back in Brighton at 5:00 PM.

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London to Southern England Cruise Terminals Transfers

5. London to Southern England Cruise Terminals Transfers

Your driver or assistant will meet you at your accommodation, holding a sign with the lead traveler's name on it. The driver will then assist you with your luggage, loading it into the vehicle. The vehicle used is no more than 3 years old. Sufficient time will be allowed for any traffic delays, ensuring that you arrive on time.  Enjoy the English countryside as you travel to the cruise port. The driver will once more assist you with your luggage and bid you farewell as you board the cruise ship.

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Private Full Day Tour: Kent, Canterbury & Dover from London

6. Private Full Day Tour: Kent, Canterbury & Dover from London

This full-day tour by private chauffeur driven vehicle takes a drive through England’s garden, the bucolic county of Kent. Relax as you drive southeast from central London heading for the coast. Your first destination is the medieval walled city of Canterbury, site of Canterbury Cathedral and scene of the murder of Thomas Becket. The tour is ideal for couples that wish to explore in comfort, but can also accommodate families or groups of up to 8 people. You will be picked up at your central London hotel at a time suitable to you and whisked off to the countryside. Sit back and relax as you travel through rolling hills and lush woodland. Located about 90 minutes outside London, once at Canterbury you can explore on your own. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral or wander the narrow streets to discover the charming weaver’s houses and timbered buildings. You will then move on to Dover, situated on the coast and famous for its white chalk cliffs and medieval castle. Explore at your own pace, before the return journey to central London, a traveling time of approximately 90 minutes.

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Canterbury Cathedral and the Famous Tales Private Tour

7. Canterbury Cathedral and the Famous Tales Private Tour

Travel by car through the lovely Kent countryside along the route pilgrims followed for centuries to Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church for the Anglican faithful around the world. On this 6-hour private tour you’ll visit both the Cathedral and the city. Enter through the imposing front gates and marvel at the magnificence of Canterbury Cathedral both inside and out. Explore the interior and see the many memorials and dedications, and the chapels that offer opportunity for silent prayer and meditation. You may want to light a candle for a loved one before visiting the spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered by the king’s knights – an act that contributed to his eventual sainthood. There will be time to explore the city’s winding lanes and to admire its many fine buildings as well.

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Dover: Half-Day White Cliffs of Dover Shore Excursion

8. Dover: Half-Day White Cliffs of Dover Shore Excursion

Enjoy a curated tour of the Dover area, taking in a multitude of stunning, historical and photogenic locations in the company of a knowledgable driver-guide. After getting picked up from the Dover Cruise Terminal, travel in a luxury minibus to some of the most iconic locations in Dover, stopping for snacks and comfort stops along the way. At your first stop, Samphire Hoe, enjoy breathtaking views of Shakespeare’s Cliff which was formed from chalk spoil from the Channel Tunnel. Next, head to the Battle of Britain Memorial where you can pay your respects to those who flew Hurricane and Spitfire planes in the Battle of Britain during World War II. Here, you can also admire unrivaled views of the English Channel and even see all the way to France on a clear day. Later, head to the East Cliff and Warren Country Park. Learn more about the history of human settlement in the area and admire coastal views from Folkestone back to Dover. Next, head to St Margaret’s Bay, located at the foot of the White Cliffs and see the closest pub to France and the location where channel swims start. Finally, stop for a photo at the iconic White Cliffs of Dover where you can admire views of the whole town, castle, and harbor. Be dropped off back the cruise terminal with plenty of time before your ship's departure.

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What people are saying about Dover

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 430 reviews

The trip was amazingly informative. Lawrence provided a lot of information regarding the history of the region, and his amazing sense of humour was a great bonus! The views were stunning. We’ve seen the Three Sisters from different looking points, the best being the Hope Gap (not many tourists know about it). The van was cleaned and sanitised, which made the trip safe and pleasant.

Very knowledgeable and amazing driver who was very patient with me when I got lost at the white cliffs of Dover. Even though it delayed our group, he allowed extra time at the Cathedral which allowed me to attend their daily service. I would definitely go with the driver again as he made it an unforgettable day!

Delightful day out of London into history,murder and castles. Brenden was an excellent guide who gave us so many facts in a fun way. Free time was ample as well.

Every easy company to be with. The driver was very knowledgeable and fun. We were given time to see everything. Comfortable travel bus.

Great experience the tour guide Lawrence was awesome