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I think you'll find that's pushing it. Although the train from Dover to Canterbury is only something like half an hour (and the fast train only half of that), by the time you have got to and from the train station at each end, it's easily a journey for which you'd have to allow an hour each way or more to be safe. And even if you were to leave Dover at midday, you'd have to be back on the ship by 5.30 pm, and that doesn't leave you with much time in Canterbury when there is so much to see.


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We stayed in Kent for 6 days 2 years ago and agree that both Dover Castle and Canterbury deserve a full day and it would be too much to do in one day, especially if you have any interest in history. I am a history (especially English history) buff but my husband generally is not(except for WWII) however he enjoyed Dover Castle enormously too and we spent about 6 hours there. Enjoy!

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Hi Andym:
Would like your opinions, suggestions, recommendations, etc. on the following:

Next July 2, 2005, we will be taking a 14 night Scandinavia & Russia cruise aboard the Constellation. Would like to do 2-3 days in Dover prior to the cruise. Also, we would like to find a great B&B to serve as our home base. We are primarily interested in Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover Castle, the White Cliffs and tunnels.

What time frame should we allow for each visit? Would each location be easily accessible by train from Dover?

We will fly British Air from LAX to Heathrow - a 10+ hour flight. In the past, we have arrived in the late AM. We have not decided about our transportation to Dover. Have used "Ray's Transfers" on recent trips to London and will probably ask him for a quote to Dover.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly welcomed.
Thank you for your time.
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Eileen and Jay,
Leeds Castle
This is close in Maidstone and Network South Eastern do some inclusive Train/Coach trips.

Cantebury is not that far and it would probably cheap enough to get a cab.
Dover Castle, the White Cliffs and tunnels are all within walking distance of the centre of Dover where you B&B will probably be.

When we have stayed in Dover we stayed in the Penny Farthibg B&B. It was clean and provided good breakfasts but it was 3 years ago now.

You can look at other Hotels/Guest houses on
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If you're comfortable driving on the wrong side of the road you can also rent a car and drive to Canterbury etc. We did that 2 years ago when we stayed in Kent and had no problems. Dropped the car off as soon as we got to London though - no need for a car there and the driving on the wrong side in the city really spooked my husband. We spent 6 days in Kent and loved it. Lots to see for any history buff.
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