Join us on this small-group Kent tour from London & spend a relaxing day exploring the highlights of the ‘Garden of England’. Travel through charming countryside, see spectacular coastline, visit the historic city of Canterbury & its famous Cathedral, and gaze out over the iconic White Cliffs of Dover…
Canterbury - Deal - White Cliffs of Dover
Join this friendly and relaxed small-group tour of Kent, and enjoy exploring an area famously known as the ‘Garden of England’. Through the day we’ll absorb the highlights of Kent, including its charming countryside, the famous city of Canterbury and the region’s dramatic coastline, including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. This full-day tour travels at a relaxed pace and provides the time needed to fully explore each location.
Join this friendly and relaxed small-group tour of Kent, and enjoy exploring an area famously known as the ‘Garden of England’. Through the day we’ll absorb the highlights of Kent; its charming countryside, the famous city of Canterbury and the region’s dramatic coastline, including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. This full-day tour travels at a relaxed pace and provides the time needed to fully explore each location.
The journey begins by travelling out of London, passing the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Canary Wharf financial district before we depart the city to the south-east. It won’t be long before we are travelling through the heart of the charming Kent countryside as we head towards the first stop of the day, Canterbury. This historic city is known especially for its Cathedral, the oldest in England dating to the year 597ad. It is the mother church of the Anglican communion and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was in this city that Christianity was established in Britain, by a monk from Rome called Augustine. Through the middle ages Canterbury was a significant place of pilgrimage after former Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed by knights of King Henry II in 1170. Whilst in Canterbury take time to visit the historic Cathedral and explore the heart of the city.
Next, the voyage through Kent continues towards the coast, taking us through lovely countryside; an area that has earned Kent the nickname ‘Garden of England’. This charming hilly landscape is home to lots of gardens and fertile lands where we’ll see lavender fields, orchards and vineyards. After a short drive we’ll arrive at our next stop, the pretty seaside settlement of Deal. It was here that Britain’s first invasion landed in 55bc, led by Julius Caesar. By the 13th century Deal was England’s busiest port, but today the town is known for it’s charming high-street, cafe culture, castle and pier. Take a gentle walk along the seafront promenade and have lunch, perhaps some fresh fish & chips.
After lunch we’ll travel further along the coast and we’ll pass Dover Castle, known as the ‘Key to England’ due to its historic significance. This is one of the largest and most important fortresses in Britain, with the current castle dating back to the 11th century. Then we’ll arrive at our next stop; the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, one of Britain’s most recognisable sights. Due to their location, the White Cliffs have a symbolic meaning as the first or last view of Britain, a feeling often connected to Second World War. It is the white of the chalk that gives these cliffs their distinctive colour. This is Britain’s closest point to continental Europe and on a clear day you’ll be able to see the coast of France. Take time to walk along the coastal paths atop the cliffs which reach over 100m at their highest and enjoy spectacular views out over the Strait of Dover.
Our Kent Tour concludes at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tower Hill, returning by approximately 5.30pm.
Extras: Lunch, entry to attractions