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Leeds & Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Prices are generally for the whole group and not per person (except for tours including meals and other entrance fees to attractions included in the tour).

Variations (+ or -) may apply depending on the number of people and will be calculated at the time of booking.

Explore the "loveliest castle in the world" then go on to the delightful Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Ref:

DOV007

Up to:

4

People

Duration

8

hour(s)

Activity level

Moderate

About this tour...

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 (additional charge paid on the spot) 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 - or you might like to eat at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

From Leeds Castle you will be taken into the Weald of Kent, to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, just outside the village of the same name. While the castle no longer exists, the gardens were created in the early 20th century by artist & author Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. The gardens are compact and are divided into different areas, each with a different theme, strongly influenced by the gardens of Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1932) and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869 - 1944), and together they epitomise the English garden of the mid-20th century.

The estate prides itself on its excellent Granary Restaurant where you can have anything from a cup of tea to a full meal. It prides itself that many of the food ingredients come from within the estate: they really are local produce that have not been transported hundreds of miles.

After visiting the garden you will travel through some delightful Wealden villages with interesting place names, most of them with a particular meaning, and will have some of these names explained, before you join the motorway to return to Dover.

Leeds & Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
Leeds & Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Meeting point

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.

What is included

    Travel
    Entrance to Leeds Castle
    Entrance to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

What is extra

    Land train from entrance of grounds to Leeds Castle
    Guiding inside Leeds Castle
    Audio guide in Leeds Castle
    Meals

Options  €

Land train at Leeds Castle, return journey

Audio Guide, Leeds Castle

3

4

This Tour is available in:

Child friendly

Wheel chair friendly

Type of transportation

English, Deutsch

Yes

Moderately

Executive car

Frank

Frank

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.

Background
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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Expected date of tour in more than 30 days
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