Direct transfer prices between Dover and central London in a saloon car (allow around two hours) start at £240; between Dover and Heathrow Airport at £230 and between Dover and Gatwick Airport at £220. Minibus transfers are also available. The final cost depends on the size of vehicle and the exact pick up and drop off points
Approaching London from the south east, you will pass by Greenwich, known throughout the world as the home of the Prime Meridian (longitude zero), as well as the Royal Observatory, Naval College, and the National Maritime Museum. Continuing into central London, will see the Houses of Parliament and learn how the UK’s parliamentary system works; Westminster Abbey, the venue for coronations, royal weddings and funerals and the resting place of monarchs, and 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. At Buckingham Palace, you may be lucky enough to see the Changing of the Guard. In the City of London, where Londinium was founded by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, the main attraction is the Tower of London, which has borne witness to some of the most dramatic events in British history. It has been used as a mint, an observatory, a zoo and a place of execution. The main exhibit in the castle is the Crown Jewels, the world’s most magnificent set of royal regalia which are still used by HM The Queen at important ceremonies.
Nearby is St Paul’s Cathedral, a site of Christian worship for 1400 years. The present church was completed in 1710 and was the venue for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Crossing to the south side of the River Thames, you will see the Tate Modern museum of modern art and the replica Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
The “Key to England” for over 900 years, Dover Castle – set atop the famous White Cliffs and the greatest medieval fortress in the country – boasts a long and eventful history. From soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066, it was garrisoned continuously until 1958. At the start of World War II, the existing network of tunnels beneath the castle became a bomb-proof naval headquarters from where, in May 1940, the evacuation of Allied soldiers trapped across the English Channel in Dunkirk was planned. After lunch in a country pub, we visit Canterbury where the skyline is dominated by its magnificent Cathedral. It dates from 597 when, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, St Augustine arrived in Britain as a missionary and became the country’s first Archbishop. The cathedral is the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. From Canterbury, it takes around 1 hour 45 minutes to reach central London. We will have a photo stop in Greenwich, famous around the world as the home of the Prime Meridian (longitude zero).
Dover is in the county of Kent, the part of Britain that is nearest to the rest of Europe and, therefore, its coastline has been the most vulnerable to attack. Known as “The Garden of England” for its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, it boasts more castles and gardens than any other county in England. A couple of hours to spare will allow you to visit either Dover Castle or Canterbury Cathedral as part of your transfer. Other options include Leeds Castle, described by historian Lord Conway as “the loveliest castle in the world”; Hever, the ancestral home of Queen Anne Boleyn; Chartwell, the country home of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, or the quintessentially English gardens at Sissinghurst.
Leeds Castle has, in its long history, been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens, a palace used by King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion and an elegant 20th century retreat for the influential and famous. In the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
For over 40 years, until his death in 1965, Chartwell was the much-loved home of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II. The rooms remain much as they were then, with pictures, books and mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man. The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of landscape and nature. A house has stood on the site since at least the 16th century and King Henry VIII is reputed to have stayed there during his courtship of Anne Boleyn.
Hever Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who became Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Its splendid panelled rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collection of Tudor portraits. It is also crenellated, moated, haunted and contains suits of armour and gruesome torture devices! The appearance of Hever today is largely thanks to wealthy American William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century.
The gardens at Sissinghurst were created in the 1930s by the poet and gardening writer, Vita Sackville-West, and her husband, the author and diplomat Harold Nicolson The gardens, overlooked by a fairytale tower, are designed as a series of “rooms”, each with its own colour scheme or theme, in which the herbaceous borders are the epitome of the English style. They are divided, one from another by high, clipped hedges and pink brick walls.
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