This tour starts at 9am from Central London and finishes at approximately 6:00pm
- Private visit to Leeds Castle
- Entry to Canterbury Cathedral
- Lunch in Canterbury (Tour 10L)
- See the White Cliffs of Dover
- See Dover Castle
- See Naval College in Greenwich & Observatory
- Thames Cruise from Greenwich to Embankment
Private Visit to Leeds Castle
This historic moated castle, surrounded by 500 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, is situated in the heart of the Kent countryside. Unusually, it sits on an island, and its idyllic setting led Lord Conway to describe it as ‘the loveliest castle in the world'. As one of the first groups to visit the castle, it will almost be a private visit!
A fascinating medieval city that has been the centre of English Christianity since St. Augustine was sent here by Pope Gregory in 597AD. The original church was rebuilt in the 11th century as the magnificent cathedral we will visit today. Of the 104 Archbishops to date, possibly the most famous is Thomas Becket, who was gruesomely murdered in the cathedral in 1170.
We will stop for lunch near the cathedral.
White Cliffs of Dover
This has been a port for almost 2000 years. We will see Dover Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Old Royal Naval College dominates the waterfront and is an outstanding example of 17th century baroque architecture. You will also be able to see the famous Royal Observatory, housing the Prime Meridian.
Thames River Cruise
We will take a delightful cruise that takes you from Greenwich, past superb riverside views of London, to Embankment pier.
One of the most visited and historic cities in Britain and home to the famous University, founded originally in the twelfth century with the oldest college going back to 1249 and described as the 'City of Dreaming Spires'.
Christ Church College
The grandest of all the colleges is Christ Church, home to Oxford’s cathedral and the university’s largest quad. Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films are shot in various locations of the College. This continues Christ Church’s long association with children’s literature – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were inspired and written here by Lewis Carroll. If you enjoyed the film or the books, come and soak in the atmosphere of a real Hogwarts. The Great Hall was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwart’s Hall.
Rejoining the coach we travel through the unspoiled beauty of the Cotswold Hills enjoying the delightful picturesque little towns of Woodstock and Long Compton before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon, a delightful market town at the edge of the Forest of Arden and the birthplace of the world’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare.
We visit the actual Birthplace, which remains one of the most visited and evocative attractions in the world. The spacious town-centre home where Shakespeare was born has been newly refurbished to an exceptional standard. Recreated in the style of the Elizabethan original, the Birthplace features a typical parlour, hall, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery, and the glove maker’s workshop used by Shakespeare’s father, John. Your visit includes the Shakespeare Exhibition – an introduction to his life, work and times and a beautiful traditional English garden.
Stratford can offer anything from a sandwich to a three course meal, and your guide will be happy to recommend places (lunch is not included in tour price)Warwick Castle, Britain's Greatest Mediaeval Experience – On the banks of the River Avon, stands a magnificent example of an English castle. From the moment you enter the gates of Warwick Castle, you can sense that this is no ordinary day out. This is not history behind glass, this is history that you live for yourself. Stunning views can be seen whilst walking along the imposing ramparts and towers, and you can imagine what it would have felt like to defend the Castle from here. Throughout the year there is an exciting series of special events which bring this medieval world to life.
This tour finishes at approximately 6.00 pm in central London