Start off your day with a visit to Leeds Castle, situated in the heart of Kent’s countryside and often described as the ‘loveliest castle in the world’. Arriving in historic Canterbury, there will be time to explore the old town centre and see Canterbury Cathedral from outside. Admire the legendary White Cliffs of Dover. Afterwards you will walk through Greenwich and a boat ride back to Central London.
Departure point: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH
Return Point: Victoria
Have a thrilling adventure this Christmas eve and discover some of the most stunning locations within Southern England! From the loveliest castle in the world to a former pilgrimage site and the gateway to England, you’ll be in for a treat on this day trip departing from central London.
Deep in the cascading countryside of Kent sits Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world'. 500 acres of magnificent landscaped parkland surround the idyllic castle, which was built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len. Having celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2019, it comes as no surprise that the castle is steeped in history – did you know Henry VIII used the castle as a dwelling for Catherine of Aragon? Early arrival ensures an almost private visit of Leeds Castle.
Discover the magnificent medieval city of Canterbury, considered by many as the centre of English Christianity. During this trip you'll have the opportunity to see Canterbury Cathedral from the outside and explore Canterbury’s popular Christmas Market – the perfect addition to your Christmas adventure! With a bunch of holly and ivy-adorned huts offering delicious bratwursts, mulled wine, unique trinkets and festive gifts, activities for children and much more, Canterbury’s Christmas market has a vibrant atmosphere. You might even get to witness some live musical entertainment – including sing-a-long festive classics! Once you've wandered the market, you can also explore the nearby shops for those last-minute presents still on your list!
White Cliffs of Dover
This trip includes a photo stop by the gateway to England. This will be your chance to marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover, a port for over 2,000 years. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Dover Castle, a key filming location for 'The Other Boleyn Girl' (which saw the castle transformed into the Tower of London!).
As an added bonus your coach will be driving past the London borough of Greenwich on your way back from Dover. Overlooking the River Thames, Greenwich is a stunning World Heritage Site bustling with fine maritime landmarks and stunning architectural masterpieces – some of which you’ll get to see from the comfort of the coach.
This tour will be finishing in Victoria at approximately 6:30pm.