Loved Leeds Castle! Great tour of the castle, but it helped they were decorating for a flower show and maximizing the assets of the castle. Canterbury Cathedral was worth seeing and great gift shop. The Greenwich stop was very informative, but the boat ride at the end made the tour extra special. What a great way to view the city and snap some fabulous pictures!
I had gone with a group of 10 women from my church and let me tell you the tour was more than expected. Everything was very well organized. The Leeds Castle had a lot of WOW factors to it must go again with my husband. Dover was beautiful my husband and I will try to go there for our anniversary next year. Canterbury was amazing the guests of a wedding got caught in a rain shower, but everyone was smiling. The walk to Greenwich was a bit of a walk but when you get to the top of that hill that overlooks all of London, it was well worth it. And the river cruise was very nice. Our guide Danisha? and driver were EXCELLENT!!!
Overall a rushed, disjointed tour. Complete chaos at the coach station - pure unorganized madness. We completely missed private tour at Leeds so we all just walked around the castle. Bus guide did not come with us, mention we would not be able to eat again until about 3:15 until after Leeds then a bus ride and tour of Canterbury - glad we ate early! Leeds was nice but somewhat boring. Guide didn't even mention events at back of Leeds property-WWII film and birds of prey! Canterbury was very nice since we happened to run into a very nice Cathedral guide inside. Our guide dropped us off there and left. Wishing I had just gotten off the bus and stayed there and ubered back to London. Went to Dover for literally ten minutes to take a meaningless photo with little info given by guide about cliffs. Greenwich was the same - there for ten minutes then rush to the bus. Overall a rushed day with guide who didnt bother to mention the important facts. There are 45 trains to Canterbury per day for 40 GBP return. Much better option overall.
This tour went very well. The tour guide was informative and kept you advised of what you were about to see.
The Leeds Castle private viewing was enjoyable. The castle guide knew the history and relayed it well.
The Dover stop allowed you to see the cliffs from below but I would have liked to have had the opportunity to see the view from the top of the cliffs. Perhaps that is another tour including Dover Castle.
If you haven't taken a cruise on the Thames, you will likely enjoy this portion as well. I was surprised that this particular cruise functioned as a means of transport for non-tourists. There are intermediate stops with passengers getting on and off.
It was a fun tour, and the guide had a lot of information about the city of London, history, etc. The first part--a private tour of the Leeds Castle, was great. We were there early, so there was more privacy and we really got to experience it. The second part, the cliffs of Dover, were not great. We went to a little harbor and stopped for about 15 minutes to take a photo in the distance--I felt this was not described well in the tour explanation, and I thought we were going to be taken to the tops of the cliffs for the view. Canterbury was fine it was a nice cathedral, but it would have been better if the program had provided a guided tour, rather than just a 2-hour stop in the town. The final stop was Greenwich, and I felt it was unnecessary. The spot we toured was not all that interesting, and though the trip seemed to indicate a river-cruise at the end, all they did was put us on the standard water-taxi there wasn't even much outdoor seating, and the windows were almost opaque, so it was not in any way a scenic experience. Overall, I enjoyed the tour, but I felt that my expectations based on the description of the tour were not totally met.
Overall the tour was well run, the guide very knowledgable and passionate about English history, so interesting to listen to over the course of the day. We heeded suggestions from other reviewers to pack a lunch and were very glad we did as it gave us more time in Canterbury. Make sure you plan a little extra time to find Victoria Coach station, which is a few block walk from where the Victoria Underground station disembarks. Some helpful locals pointed us in the right direction. The private tour is based upon getting to Leeds Castle before it opens to the general public, which we did, barely, so our Leeds tour guide rushed us through the castle. Personally I would advocate for leaving London earlier to ensure you got to Leeds well before opening time. We did have a little time to look around ourselves, which we did.
For as brief a stop as we had, we really did enjoy Dover, especially after the guide told us a little about the castle there. A local saw my girls taking a picture with their university flag and started chatting with them. After a minute she asked if we knew about the Banksy that had just been completed and walked us over to it which we thought was wonderful. Next time I would skip Leeds Castle and find a tour of the Dover castle to do. Our family generally thought the Canterbury Cathedral was ok, but after St Paul's and Westminster in London it was just ok. Also part of it was closed for graduation ceremonies, which we had been notified of in advance.
Overall I think the Viator tour group was exceptional and I would book with them again. This tour was not stressful and ended with a boat trip from Greenwich which was relaxing. We were back in central London around 7pm. The things that give this tour a 4star rating for our family was simply personal preference, not any lack by the tour company.
I liked this tour very much. The only bad thing, which didn't take me by surprise, was the short amount of time at Leeds Castle. I wish we could have spend more time there, and a bit less in Canterbury, but maybe that's because I ratber spend more time in castles than having a long lunch.
I got to see the White Ciffs of Dover in a beautiful day!
Greenwich was also lovely, and the boat back to London which, btw, is public transport and not a cruise.
This was overall a really nice day trip. The bus station the coach leaves from was super crowded, but we found our bus without problem. The tour guide was very good. Friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. Wish I could remember her name! Anyway, the first stop was Leeds Castle. It was very cool to have a private tour through the castle before it opens to the public. The castle itself is beautiful. For those who don't know, it is very old the oldest part is about 1000 years old, but it fell into disrepair and was purchased by a wealthy American woman in the 1920's. She made significant repairs, so it looks very nice, but do not expect it to be furnished with original pieces. It's still very cool, but you shouldn't expect it to look inside like it did 1000 years ago...or even 200 years ago. The rest of the grounds are nice, but there are a few too many goose turds lying around for my taste! We went to Hever Castle a few days prior, and the grounds there were significantly nicer and better groomed than Leeds. It's still beautiful, just not quite as nice as Hever. My biggest complaint about the Leeds portion of the tour was the hurried pace. We really only had time to do the private tour, then we hit the gift shop and restrooms for a total of maybe 20 minutes, and by then we wanted to eat some lunch, because our guide told us we wouldn't have another opportunity to eat until several hours later. Well, that only left about 25 minutes to walk over to the little cafe and grab a quick bite. The food there was okay, nothing special....only thing of note was the 2 or 3 ants that were casually crawling on the counter where the registers and food were. When my wife pointed them out to the girl behind the register, she just said Oh. and continued to ring us up. LOL!
So then we drove off to Dover, where we got a quick 5 minutes to get off the bus and stand on the rocky beach and take pictures of the famous white cliffs of Dover in the distance, with Castle Dover on top. Then we loaded up and drove through Dover and on to Canterbury.
Canterbury was pretty nice. The tour includes the cost of entry into the Canterbury Cathedral, which is absolutely gorgeous and very impressive, despite scaffolding all over the front of the cathedral for routine maintenance.. I still thought it was right on par with the Westminster Abbey. Then we had about 2.5 hours of free time to wander around town. There are several cool things to see there, although we just walked around the really cool shopping area right next to the cathedral. The streets are closed to vehicles, and the shops are pretty cool. A lot of old buildings from the 1500 and 1600's. We ate a second lunch at The Old Weaver's Inn, which was really good. Then it was time to get back on the bus.
Next stop was Greenwich, back in London. We walked around the outside of the Maritime Museum, while our tour guide talked about the Prime Meridian, which is located right there. You can see it and take pictures while posing lamely with one foot in the western hemisphere and the other in the eastern. Yawn. Then we walked around the Royal Naval College, past the Cutty Sark, and boarded the river cruise. It's just a regular passenger ferry that you can ride with an Oyster card. And you have to tolerate it while they stop at just about every wharf on the Thames to pick up and drop off commuters.
Overall, it was still a pretty good tour, but we wished they would've given us another hour to explore the Leeds Castle grounds, maybe another hour at Canterbury, and eliminate the Greenwich stop altogether. It really felt like the Greenwich stop was only added because they felt like they had to throw something else in there, but you really don't get much out of it. Still, worth doing just for the Leeds Castle and Canterbury visit, and of course, the tour guide was very good.