White Cliffs of Dover
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London: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

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

2. 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. 

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Dover: Half-Day White Cliffs of Dover Shore Excursion

3. 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 White Cliffs of Dover

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

After reaching the meeting point, I found the pickup to be smooth and there were adequate seats to sit socially distanced from each other so that was a relief. We stopped at Canterbury around 10.30 and started with a walk to the city center. The cathedral was lovely and there was enough time to have a lunch. Around 2 we reached the Dover castle, we had plenty of time there as well. We reached the white cliff around 4.30 and by 5 we started our journey back. I was entertained by a bonus song sang by Clive, our driver. Overall a good trip. I wouldn't do it any differently.

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.

I enjoyed the trip very much. Nice staff, and very clean coach. Our guide provided us a lot of information and we have got plenty of time to visit around.

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