We have selected these sites as they complement each other and are geographically suited creating a balanced tour. You can either just visit Canterbury or go on an Canterbury Plus tour where you visit Canterbury plus one other site.
Sites that combine well with Canterbury
This charming historic Roman city was the birthplace of Christianity in the UK. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the world wide Anglican faith. It is a soaring mix of Norman and Gothic architecture with a unique Huguenot chapel. Hear how the murder and martyrdom of St Thomas Becket in 1170 created a world wide pilgrimage site.
A Canterbury only tour costs £600 taking 7 hours.
Perched on the hill is Dover Castle; it dates back to a Roman light house over 2000 years ago. The tunnels beneath the Castle were used as the command centre for the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940 and an exhibition brings this dramatic rescue to life. The White Cliffs of Dover are a famous symbol of coming home to England.
A Canterbury and Dover tour costs £725 taking 10 hours.
Originally built in the 1200s it is a moated castle with beautiful Italian gardens and a man-made lake. It was the home of the Boleyn family and you will see where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. Hear how it played an important part in history and see its hidden chapel. Enjoy the lovingly restored rooms that turned it into a comfortable country home in the 1900s.
A Canterbury and Hever tour costs £745 taking 10 hours.
Overlooking the Kentish Weald, Chartwell is the beloved country home of Sir Winston Churchill. There are stunning views and you will soon appreciate why he said, "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted". See how the great man lived and enjoy a variety of exhibits about his life including some of the gifts he was showered with after World War II and some of his paintings.
A Canterbury and Chartwell tour costs £690 taking 9 hours.
Walk through pleasant gardens to the fortified gates of this castle, which was built in the 800s and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Explore the fortifications and see how the Tudors influenced the design of the castle. It was home to six of England's medieval queens. Admire how it was transformed into a modern home after falling into disrepair, in the 1900s.
A Canterbury and Leeds tour costs £680 taking 9 hours.
Vita Sackville-West and Howard Nicholson created the stunning gardens that surround this Tudor house. Walk through their pione-ering design and planting of a variety of “garden rooms”, connecting the home and outdoors. If you can, visit in summer to fully appreciate them. Sissinghurst was a prison for 3000 French sailors so it has an intriguing history.
A Canterbury & Sissinghurst tour costs £700 taking 9 hours.