Tour of Canterbury and Kent
Take a tour of the Garden of England to see the town of Canterbury and its amazing Cathedral. Visit two of the greatest Castles that England has to offer. Take a trip to Chartwell House, the home of England’s most famous Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
*Entrance Fees and Lunch Refreshments are not included in the price.
Explore the beautiful city of Canterbury, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and Chartwell House.
Your Chauffeur will arrange to collect you from your hotel at 8:30am and drive you on to the city of Canterbury.
Canterbury is a historic ‘English Cathedral City’, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to Canterbury Cathedral.
A Cathedral has been present in Canterbury since as early as 597AD. It was later rebuilt between 1070 – 1077 and has seen many further revisions over time.
Whilst there have been many notable accolades for the Cathedral, it is most commonly associated with the murder of Thomas a Becket, whose life was taken ‘by order’ of King Henry II.
Wander through the old streets of Canterbury and you may come across the Crooked House, which is probably the second most visited attraction after the Cathedral itself.
Sited high above the cliffs of the Kent coast line, Dover Castle is the largest remaining castle in England. It is described as the ‘Key to England’ which represents its importance in defending England from invading nations since the 11th century.
Most recently it was famed for its use as a command post during the Second World War. The tunnels beneath the Castle, which were originally constructed by prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars, were converted into air-raid shelters, an underground hospital and the secret command centre.
These tunnels are open for visitors to explore and see what life would have been like for those seeking refuge here. Learn about the Dunkirk Evacuation through projections and real film footage of the day.
As a seaside town, Dover offers many traditional ‘Fish & Chip’ style restaurants. Places such as Tony’s Fish Bar or The White Horse Inn, located just below the Castle, would make for an ideal place to eat.
This site has been the location for a Castle or strong hold since the 12th century. In the 13th century, the Castle became the property of King Edward 1st, who invested a lot of time and money in what became his favourite residence. He is believed to be responsible for creating the vast lake that surrounds the castle.
Leeds Castle was later transformed by King Henry VIII in 1519 for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It eventually moved into private ownership, with the last owner being Lady Baillie, the daughter of a wealthy American Heiress.
It is a stunning location and is often used for film sets and other productions.
This historic property dates back to the 16th century, when it is reputed that Henry VIII stayed here whilst courting Anne Boleyn at nearby Hever Castle.
More recently, it was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s famed Prime Minister during the Second World War. Chartwell was purchased by the Churchills not for its architectural merit, but for the spectacular views across the Weald of Kent, an ideal topic for the passionate painter that Winston was.
The property is now run by the National Trust and the rooms have been preserved as they would have looked when the Churchills lived here. Original furnishings and books along with medals and honours are carefully displayed for all to see.
Much of what we see today at Chartwell House was the brain child of Sir Winston Churchill, including the landscaped gardens and lakes. Refreshments are available and you can enjoy afternoon tea and homemade cakes at the Landemare Café – named after Georgina Landemare the cook at Chartwell for over 20 years.
At the end of your visit, you will be driven back to arrive in London at 6:30pm by your Chauffeur.
Your round trip visit of Canterbury, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and Chartwell will last around 10 hours. If you would like to add the services of a specialist ‘Blue Badge Guide’, who can provide even more insight into the places you are visiting, we can arrange this for you. An additional fee would apply.