You’ll depart from London in the morning on a drive to Leeds Castle, the former royal residence of 6 of England's medieval queens. The palace was transformed by Henry VIII, and became a retreat for the rich and powerful. Explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards, and the banqueting hall. Afterwards, you’ll see the grounds that are home to wildfowl, black swans, and birds in the aviary.
After your visit, experience the ancient city of Canterbury, the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Tour its greatest treasure, the Canterbury Cathedral, probably best known as the site of the brutal murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. After touring the cathedral you’ll have free time to explore Canterbury.
You’ll depart from London hotel in the morning 9am. Private car or minivan will be provided for you. All tickets have to be purchased on the day.
Drop off at the hotel by 5pm. Any extra time is not included.
You couldn’t imagine a castle in a more beautiful setting! Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and a glossy lake, Leeds Castle used to be an idyllic haven for the royals – Henry VIII once lived here with Catherine of Aragon. During this private visit, your tour guide will show you how the Tudors lived at the spectacular fortress, and you can even sample a glass of mead at the recently refurbished Gatehouse!
The medieval city of Canterbury is dominated by its breathtaking cathedral – it’s the oldest in England and considered to be the centre of English Christianity. You’ll visit the towering cathedral and be able to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims that flocked to the church following Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. The gothic building hides many visual treasures, from the colourful stained glass windows to the creepy crypt.