Day 6 – Canterbury, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle

Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral is the mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The history of the church dates back to 597 AD when St. Augustine was sent by Pope Gregory and established his seat here. Famously known for the slaying of St. Thomas Beckett (by King Henry II’s knights in the 12th century) the Cathedral has attracted thousands of Pilgrims – as told by Geoffrey Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales.

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Canterbury Cathedral

Dover Castle

Dover Castle sits atop the White Cliffs of Dover, beside a Roman lighthouse and a church with Saxon origins. Explore the magnificent medieval castle keep of King Henry II and see the later fortifications and secret underground tunnels built for strategic defence during the Second World War.

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Dover Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle was a Norman fortress before becoming a medieval palace for England’s queens. Known also as the ‘Lady’s Castle’ because of the many Queen’s of England who have lived here; owing to it becoming part of the Queen of England’s dower in the 1200’s (the settlement widowed queens received upon the death of their husbands). The castle is set on an island in the middle of a lake and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. It was totally restored in the early 1900’s and is still used today.

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Leeds Castle, Kent

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