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Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tour

Canterbury Historic River Tour


Canterbury Historic River Tours


Kings Bridge,
St Peter's Street,


Group Tours
'Perfect Introduction to the City'
Our award winning forty minute guided tour is perfect for all groups visiting Canterbury, the intimate style and humorous manner in which our tour is conducted makes us the ideal attraction. We are well versed in taking groups of all ages, froms schools to seniors as well as groups of all sizes and nationalities throughout our season. Group prices are pendant on age, number and the time of booking, with morning tours receiving the best group rates. Call or email for details. Over the years we have often been used by visiting parties as the perfect introduction to the City, and are able to offer a meeting and greeting service, where one of our guides can collect your group from the coach park or designated drop off point and bring you directly to the tour. Our ideal location in the centre of the High Street, and only a five minute walk from Canterbury Cathedral gates and coach drop off points, means that we can easily be part of a structured tour programme for your visit. Please feel free to ask us for itinerary ideas for your group.

For groups over 20 in size, a discount programme is available. These discounts are dependent on total participating numbers and the time of which the tour will take place. There is no charge for tour leaders and coach drivers. Please note that although the tour itself lasts roughly 40+ minutes it is necessary to allow for up to one hour in order to allow the time needed for loading and unloading the boats.

Overseas and Language Students
We specialise in providing tours to foreign language students. Speaking slowly and clearly our guides tailor the tour towards their target audience, taking into account competency with the English Language and understanding of English/Local History. We are able to provide students with interaction with native speakers, as well as a fun environment in which they can enjoy some of the history and culture of one of England's principal cities.

The Tour -
Our guided tour firstly takes you to a small Franciscan island, also known as The Greyfriars, which is home to a beautiful 13th Century chapel 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 medieval industrial buildings, 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, built by the Blackfriars in the 14th Century, and ending up is Solly's Orchard the site of the old Abbots Mill in the city. We then return, passing The Marlowe Theatre, to our starting point which is home to the infamous 'Ducking Stool'. Due to the specific nature of our business and previous experience with group enquiries/bookings we have found that to best serve your requirements it can be easier to contact us directly by telephone. Our direct number is 0044 (0) 7790 534 744. You are welcome to leave your number on our answer phone service and we will get back to you at the earliest possible convenience.

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Coach parties acceptedCurrency ExchangeDisabled accessEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Opening details

1st March to 31st October 2014, 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.


Group prices are dependent on age, number and the time of booking, with morning tours receiving the best group rates. Call or email for details.

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Map reference: TR 147579  Lat: 51.28038 Long: 1.07810

The river tours are idealy situated in the centre of Canterbury's High Street opposite the Eastbridge Hospital and a 2 minutes walk from the cathedral.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Currency ExchangeCurrency Exchange
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
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