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Dover Castle Admission Ticket

1. Dover Castle Admission Ticket

Step into the vibrant world of Henry II’s medieval royal palace and follow lifelike hologram figures round the private chambers, guest rooms, and great hall, along with the kitchen and armories. After immersing yourself in life at the 12th-century court, climb to the roof of the Great Tower for amazing panoramic views over the huge medieval castle, which was one of the strongest in England. Enjoy the unique experience of the secret wartime tunnels, telling the story of the 1940 Miracle of Dunkirk using film, audio, and archive photography. Witness the evacuation of over 300,000 British and allied troops as the rescue operation is played out before your eyes.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

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

Embark on a day trip from London to discover some of England's most important attractions. Explore Leeds Castle, see the historic Canterbury Cathedral, and marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover. Finally, return to London to end your tour with a boat ride on the River Thames. Described as 'the loveliest castle in the world' by Lord Conway, Leeds Castle sits on 500 acres of landscaped parkland across two idyllic islands, deep in the heart of the magnificent Kent countryside. Arrive early to visit Leeds Castle, where Henry VIII retreated to escape the plague that was raging in London during his reign. Upon arrival at Leeds Castle, you will be greeted by your guide. Discover the history behind this magical castle and experience life how Henry VIII would have. Next up, embark on a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the scene of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. Learn the intriguing history behind this captivating masterpiece of medieval architecture. Marvel at the cathedral’s spectacular stained glass windows, many of which have survived from the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Then, tantalize your taste buds with a traditional two-course meal. Visit the gateway to England and admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover, with a photo stop on the stunning stretch of coastline that faces continental Europe. You'll also see Dover Castle, a commanding medieval fortress rising over the English Channel, and a key film location in 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. Then, head to Greenwich to see the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the Royal Observatory and the world-famous Cutty Sark, a fascinating 19th-century clipper ship. Get a fresh perspective on London’s attractions with a boat ride on the River Thames, from Greenwich to Embankment Pier. You'll pass Tower Bridge and stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

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

Explore the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Dover Castle on a day tour from London. Soak in the views of the countryside of Britain while learning about the history from your guide. Make your first stop at 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. Learn about the pilgrims who have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages, and it remains popular today with visitors from around the world. 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 will be able to see across France. Take a short drive up the road from the White Cliffs of Dover to Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country, strategically placed at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe. See the castle that 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.

London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich Day Trip

4. London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich Day Trip

Have a magical Boxing Day surrounded by beautiful locations and impressive buildings! Departing from central London, this day trip includes a visit to Leeds Castle, once described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, Canterbury, the white cliffs of Dover, and Greenwich. Leeds Castle. Located in the idyllic countryside of Kent, Leeds Castle celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2019. The castle’s long timeline is filled with kings and queens, British aristocracy and many key moments in Britain’s history including World War II. It also happens to be a spectacular building that sits in the middle of a lake! You’ll get to see its lavish interiors as well as its picturesque grounds. Canterbury Cathedral Inhabited since prehistoric times, the cathedral city of Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What was once a pilgrimage site is now a popular tourist destination known in part for its beautiful cathedral, which dates all the way back to the year 597! Discover Canterbury Cathedral’s fascinating history and marvel at its impressive Gothic architecture. White Cliffs of Dover This region of the English coastline is part of the Kent Downs designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not hard to see why! You’ll be stopping nearby for a gorgeous photo op of these impressive cliffs. Greenwich The last part of this Boxing Day tour will include a drive past the London borough of Greenwich, famous for its maritime history and giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, and Greenwich

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

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. Experience the ancient city of Canterbury and its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. Have free time to explore Canterbury on your own. Take a walking tour through Greenwich, which boasts exquisite parks and gardens. See the famous Cutty Sark which was 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.

Dover to London & Heathrow via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

6. Dover to London & Heathrow via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

After meeting your friendly guide at Dover Cruise Terminal, board a luxury coach and combine your transfer to London with a wonderful tour of the Garden of England, with visits to historic Canterbury and Leeds Castle. Firstly, come face-to-face with the White Cliffs of Dover, and the magnificent Dover Castle. The fortress dates back to Roman times, and is one of the largest and most impressive castle keeps in Britain. Continuing through this chalk landscape, discover the history of the country, from Celtic Settlers and Roman invaders to the Saxon migration and the Norman conquest. Stop at the city of Canterbury and glimpse into its world famous cathedral on a guided walking tour. Formerly the Roman town of Durovernum Canticorum, the city boasts a wealth of history. After the walking tour, have some free time to walk the narrow streets and admire the historic buildings. In the cathedral, you can see the tomb of King Henry IV, the resting place of The Black Prince and learn of the death in 1170 of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. It is then on past the Oast Houses, hop fields, orchards and vineyards to Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as the loveliest castle in the world. Dating back to 880AD, Leeds Castle has been home to many English Queens, from the end of the 12th century to the Tudor reign. Beautiful landscaped gardens are a main feature of the grounds, as is the stunning lake. Explore the castle's historic interior, admire the delightful rooms and get lost in the famous maze. After some free time, the tour departs for central London to begin drop offs, followed by Heathrow drop offs. The drive from Leeds Castle to London takes you through Royal Greenwich, and past Tower Bridge, with a view of the Tower of London. 

London & Heathrow to Dover Transfer via Dover Castle

7. London & Heathrow to Dover Transfer via Dover Castle

Begin your cruise with a scenic journey to the tranquil Kent countryside, also known as the Garden of England. Our first stop is the Battle of Britain Memorial, a peaceful tribute to the heroes who fought in the war and a stunning spot atop the White Cliffs of Dover. Take a moment to admire the views of the English Channel before continuing to Dover Castle, the largest and one of the oldest in England. Dover Castle has played a crucial role in many wars and battles throughout history, earning it the nickname "the lock and key to England." At the castle, you can explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels, the underground hospital, the immaculately kept gardens, and more. You can also choose to enter the castle and spend two hours exploring its rooms and passages. After the visit, your driver and guide will take you to the Dover cruise terminal, where all passenger luggage will be loaded onto the ship. The drop-off time is approximately 12:00pm for those not entering the castle, and 2:00pm for those who do. Start your cruise with a truly unique and memorable experience with us. For those not entering the Castle, enjoy a photo stop while the tour guide walks those entering to the group entrance. Once everyone has entered the castle, your driver and guide will take you straight down to the cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Dover

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 491 reviews

Our tours guide was amazing!!! Due to the winds we could not do Dover Castle so he took us to Leeds Castle and I believe the castle and it’s grounds had so much to offer and we were given sufficient time on this first stop, than off we went to the white cliffs which are beautiful, from there we could see Dover Castle but the winds were pretty strong, our last stop was Canterbury Cathedral and city which both were beautiful!!!

The trip was Ok. The guide never stopped talking, which was enjoyable at the beginning but was very annoying by the end. The time allotted for the White Cliffs was a joke. We had 45 minutes, of which it was a 20 minute walk from the car park to the Cliffs and 20 minutes back, leaving 5 minutes to visit the Cliffs. They could cut out Canterbury Cathedral and give more time for the Cliffs.

We loved it! Our tour guide and driver were great and on time. Our itinerary in order was Dover Castle, White Cliffs, and Canterbury. I wish we had a bit more time at Canterbury—it seems rushed a bit at the end. Overall, it was a positive experience and I’d book again with Get Your Guide.

We had so much fun going out to Leeds and Canterbury (with a pit stop in Dover). Pedro (our guide) was fantastically informative, funny, and charismatic - making sure everyone felt welcome and informed. Lucien (our driver) was so excellent in getting us there/back safely and efficiently.

Sophie the tour guide was very good and informative. We enjoyed the trip.