Leeds Castle (Maidstone), Canterbury cathedral and the white cliffs of Dover – in one day we can transport you out and back to London through 900 years of rich English history. Leeds Castle, within easy reach of the capital, is possibly the most picturesque of all British castles on a lake in Kent. Built by the Normans in 1119, it was later adopted by six English queens and Henry VIII used it as one of his palaces. The last private owner was an Anglo-American heiress, Olive, Lady Baillie, whose huge influence in its restoration can still be seen. On her death in 1974, it was taken on by a special trust.
Twenty miles further on and we will take you back to the middle ages along the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets of the walled city of Canterbury, destination of Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims and leading to the ancient cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican church.
Another short run will bring you to Dover, a key site in perhaps the biggest con trick of the second world war when the Allies fooled Hitler into believing Calais, not Normandy, was the invasion target in 1944. You can even tour round one of the Allies’ main communication centres found deep within the town’s white cliffs..