Canterbury Historic River Tours

2008 South East England Tourism Awards 'Best Tourism Experience' runner up!

The tour lasts about 40 minutes. Firstly, we take you up to a small Franciscan island at one end of the city, which is also known as The Greyfriars. The island is home to a wonderful little chapel from the 13th century which spans the river, and is the oldest example of Franciscan architecture in the country.

We then pass under the 12th century Eastbridge Hospital and the King's Bridge (1134), continuing down river past some industrial buildings from the medieval period, including The Old Weavers House, The Kings Mill, and the Cromwellian iron forge.

After some wonderful views of the cathedral, the tour then passes through the Dominican priories which were built by the Blackfriars in the 14th century, and ends up in a peaceful garden area, that was the site of the old Abbots Mill in the city.

We then return to our starting point which is home to the infamous ducking stool.

Each boat is chauffeured by one of our team, who acts your guide to the sights upon the river by giving you the enjoyable history of all the different buildings that you pass along the way.

Throughout the season, from April to September, our tours leave every 15 to 20 minutes. Unless you are a group of more than 12 people (see group bookings), there is no need to book in advance. Simply visit us at the King's Bridge, outside The Old Weavers House to find out the next available tour time.

A single ticket tour which has a drop off point at the Millers Garden is also available but must be requested prior to departure.

See our website for more information.


Kings Bridge - Eastbridge Hospital - Franciscan Island - Greyfriars Chapel -

Old Weavers House - Kings Mill - Alchemist Tower - Cromwellian Forge - Friars Bridge -

Blackfriars - Dominican Priories - The Abbots Mill - The Marlowe Theatre - The Ducking Stool

Available Tickets for 24 Oct 2014


  • Single Ticket

    *A single ticket tour which has a drop-off point at the Miller's gardens is also available, but must be requested prior to departure.

  • Opening Times

    March 1st to October 31st 10am to 5pm, with tours leaving every 15-20 minutes.

    Please note that these times are meant only as a rough guide. Weather and river conditions pending.

  • Digital Ticket

    Canterbury Historic River Tours issues these tickets digitally. This means that upon booking, you will be given a link to your digital ticket with a unique booking confirmation number. YOU MUST PRINT THIS TICKET and bring it with you.