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Leeds Castle Penfold Hill,Leeds, Leeds, England

The Basics

Easily accessible from London, Leeds Castle is a popular and convenient day-trip destination that’s ideal for history buffs, birdwatchers, and families. Explore the castle’s medieval tapestries, furnishings, and art as part of a full-day group or private tour from London, many of which stop at nearby attractions such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury. And don’t miss the outdoor maze, Bird of Prey Centre, golf course, underground grotto, and formal gardens either.

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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
$138.48 per adult
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Dover, Canterbury and Leeds Castle
I dont usually like coach tours but this one was great! Chrissie was our guide and she was very engaging and knowledgeable. Our driver, Paul, was also great! Leeds Castle was lovely. Canterbury Cathedral was breathtaking. Chrissie did a great job leading us on a tour of the Cathedral. We were lucky that our group was relatively small (27). Dover was only a photo stop but it was beautiful.
carolmalasits, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Chatham

star-5
Had a wonderful time. ...
Gary_R, Sep 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Had a wonderful time. Guide and Driver were outstanding. The castle was beautiful and Canterbury was so inspiring.
star-5
Good experience, great guide
Tracy, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The tour guide, Tony, was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed visiting Leeds Castle and seeing the cliffs especially. We ended up seeing the cliffs from afar from the beach. Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful, but is under construction right now.
star-5
Leeds Castle and Canterbury tour
Alan_L, Feb 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
I went Leeds Castle and Canterbury. It was fun to see the castle which the grounds and the castle are beautiful. Stopped at Dover to see the White Cliffs. Dover is a great little place by the Channel. Pablo was friendly and very knowledgeable about the history. This was a half English and Spanish speaking tour. I met some great people and had a good time. I would definitely do the tour again!
star-5
busy day
Climber791009, Jul 2019
Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
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.
star-5
A well run tour
Voyage9349, Oct 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The Leeds castle grounds were great and the stops at Salisbury and Dover as well as Greenwich made for a good day of sightseeing.
star-5
Delightful
Roberta J, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
This was a very enjoyable day trip loved the views along the way, Leeds Castle and grounds were beautiful. Canterbury Cathedral is magnificent, only shame was the amount of renovations/maintenance taking place
star-5
Great Trip
G8536FPterryb, Sep 2019
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
We had a wonderful time visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral. Our guide, Rhys, was excellent.
star-4
London Area Tour
Donald B, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
Overall this was a very nice all day tour. The Guide was not very enthusiastic. He didn't stop to let us take pictures of the time ball in Greenwich that they are famous for. Instead we wasted time waiting for him to get water bus tickets. The water bus was a disappointment. Should have gotten a tour boat instead. We had adequate time at Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Dover.
star-4
Very Good Tour with Tons of Knowledge shared
bstewart0305, Jul 2018
Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
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.
star-5
Very nice trip
294oliviers, Sep 2019
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
We had an amazing trip, with an amazing guide: Rowen. Thank you! We want you on each of our tour! Leeds castle is beautiful! Canterbury is worth a visit. After Dover Cliffs, we had a short detour to the Battle of Britain Memorial, which was an exquisite surprise. Highly appreciated
star-4
Overall a very nice trip with a very informative guide David
hkimwi, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The trip was worth for the variety of different places we visited. Leeds Castle and Canterbury were the best part. Dover was just a quick stop and fortunately the weather was clear so we were able to have a peek at the cliff. David, the English guide, made the tour interesting with the historical accounts he provided throughout the trip. Kiran, the driver made the trip feel safe. Thanks guys!
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UK TRIP
Anthony C, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Leeds Castle was the highlight of this excursion. The remaining sites were ok. Good value just for Leeds Castle. The Tour guide had a great sense of humour which made the day trip by bus very enjoyable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • All tickets grant entry for one year from the time of purchase, allowing for multiple visits.

  • Families with kids can visit the onsite Squires’ Court Playground (ages 6 and under) and Knights’ Realm Playground (ages 7 and up) for royal fun.

  • Rain is not unusual in England, so bring waterproof gear if you plan to be outdoors.

  • Complimentary transport service within the grounds is available for those with limited mobility. The castle interior cannot accommodate strollers.

  • Fee-based castle audio tours are available in six languages.

  • Birdwatchers should look out for black swans, great spotted woodpeckers, and kingfishers, which are often seen around the castle.

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How to Get There

Leeds Castle is situated in Kent, England, one hour from central London and 7 miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Maidstone. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports with signs directing drivers to the castle on all routes. To get around the grounds, visitors can traverse the moat on a punt boat ride, cross the Great Water from the castle to the maze on the Black Swan Ferry, or ride Elsie the Castle Train from the entrance to the castle (all require additional fees).

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily from the mid-morning until the late afternoon from October until March. From April to September, the castle stays open a little later, but last entry is always 30 minutes before closing. The grounds and gardens have slightly longer hours. Weekend afternoons are the castle’s busiest time; weekday visits are much quieter.

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Day Trips to Southwestern England

In addition to Leeds Castle, some of England’s finest sights can be found in South West England, from Canterbury Cathedral to the famous Cliffs of Dover. Most tours cover the top sights and also stop at the outer London borough of Greenwich, known for its maritime history, the Royal Naval College, and the historic British clipper ship, the Cutty Sark.

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