Victoria Railway Station (meet Simon by the Ticket Office) | Map
Guided by Simon
Short version: "England in stone" and "the loveliest castle in the world"
"Longer version: As good as it gets. The ripe perfection of the Kentish countryside and Leeds Castle ("standing on its twin islands in the river Len, [it] rises romantically above the reed-fringed waters of its moat-lake)." Fairy-tale setting: no wonder it's "the loveliest castle in the world." As for Canterbury – across the immense span of centuries we wend. Like Chaucer's pilgrims to "Caunterbury we wende." And what tales Canterbury has to tell. Tales writ in the ancient cathedral towering moodily over nearby pubs and shops. Tales gleaned from half-timbered, whitewashed little houses lining narrow streets. Tales borne by the river Stour swabbling past brilliant flower beds and under arching stone bridges. In Canterbury we enter another world, we step into mediaeval history.
We go to Leeds Castle & Canterbury on Saturday, December 15 (Christmas Market Day at Leeds Castle). Meet Simon at 8.45 am by the main ticket office of VictoriaRailway Station. The Tariff is £55. For the total cost of the trip just add the Tariff to the guide's fee.*
*The guide's fee for a Day Trip is £18 for adults. Or £16 for Super Adults (over 65s) and students. Or £14 for people with the London Walks Discount Card. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.
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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Leeds Castle & Canterbury trip do think about booking one as a private tour. Sure, going private is more expensive* than going on the public tour but not over the odds. If you go private you can have the Leeds Castle & Canterbury Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Makes a fabulous wedding present or birthday gift or anniversary outing. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. *Well, it's more expensive for an individual or couple or a very small group. It isn't more expensive – indeed, a private tour is less expensive – for a group of, say, 18+ people.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.