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Explore the 900 year old "loveliest castle in the world"
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Starting your journey from Dover, you will see the famous White Cliffs including Shakespeare's Cliff, named after the famous poet and author, before driving across the edge of the North Downs, a range of hills that runs along the north of Kent. From there you will pass the entrance to the Channel Tunnel which opened in 1994, before travelling through the delightful countryside of Kent, the Garden of England, with the line of the North Downs to your right and the Weald of Kent on your left, until you reach Leeds Castle (close to the village of Leeds and not to be confused with the city of the same name in the north of England). Leeds castle is over 900 years old and has been described as "the loveliest castle in the world".
Having been owned by various queens of England, from the 15th century on it became known as a "woman's castle". In the 16th century it went into the ownership of King Henry VIII; later his younger daughter was imprisoned there briefly before she was crowned Queen Elizabeth I.
Standing in 500 acres (200 ha) of land, in 1926 the castle was bought by heiress Lady Olive Bailie who transformed it into a home for herself and her daughters, the youngest of whom, Susan, lived in the castle grounds for the rest of her life, until 2001.
In 1987 a meeting between Israeli politician Moshe Dyan & Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was scheduled to take place in Vienna, but because of the threat of a terrorist attack it was moved at very short notice to Leeds Castle.
On arrival you will walk about 1 kilometre (0.6 mile) to the castle itself, where you will see many species of birds and a variety of plants. Alternatively you can take a land train (at extra cost).
Note: disabled visitors are taken free-of-charge by minibus.
As well as visiting the castle, you have the option of seeing some of its various gardens, taking a boat trip on the lake going round the maze and, depending on the time of day/year, watching a display of birds of prey.
There are several very good cafes and restaurants.
After visiting the castle and gardens you will join the motorway to return to Dover with memories of a beautiful castle which will stay with you forever.
Cruise ship terminal
Please note :
The castle tour includes many stairs. Special arrangements are available for disabled people.
Price includes entrance to included attractions for 2 persons. Adjustments according to number of people will be calculated at booking stage.
(€ 35 per person)
This Tour includes :
Entrance to the castle and grounds
This Tour does NOT include :
- Guiding inside the castle: multi-lingual audio guides can be hired.
Boat trip on lake
Price for the whole party, not per person
Options (+ or -) may apply and will be calculated at the next step
This Tour is available in the following languages :
Kids friendly tour
Wheelchair friendly tour
Meet your guide :
Based near Canterbury in the delightful county of Kent, known as the Garden of England, Frank holds the highest guiding qualification, the coveted blue-badge, for South East England and is qualified to guide in both the English and German languages on foot, on a coach or in his own luxury car which is fully licenced and insured for carrying passengers.
After leaving school he studied at universities in both Britain (German) and West Berlin (Business Studies). While in Berlin, he started running skiing holidays for fellow students, and he still has friends he made at that time.
After university Frank set up his own business in tourism, first of all in Kent, then later opened a branch office in Germany, and he considers himself to be very lucky to have been in Berlin on 11 November 1989 when the Wall "fell", an experience he will never forget. After some years, with major shifts in the industry, he decided to change direction and train as a tourist guide. His only regret: that he hadn't made the change many years earlier.
Frank has a range of hobbies which include photography and sailing his small boat, and he is active in his local community, sitting on various committees, one of them being, thanks to his extensive sailing experience, the local Water Safety Committee.
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