This classic one day itinerary for Canterbury will take you on a tour that encompasses the magnificence of this historical city.
What better way to start the day with a river tour where you will discover hidden secrets of the River Stour, a focal point of the city's heritage.
Alternatively why not take a walking tour of the city. Choose from a guided tour or a self guided tour.
Escape the busy pavements and lay back into the cushions, meander down the river and see the City as you never could on foot. Listen to historic Canterbury's rich and fascinating story as you sip champagne and view medieval buildings.
Enjoy a fascinating 90 minute walking tour of historic streets AND Cathedral Precincts with knowledgeable, entertaining guides to address your questions and special interests. All for £7.50 or less! Tours daily from the Buttermarket.
The perfect way to explore some of the well known historic sites of Canterbury, plus some of the hidden gems - available in 8 languages. Enjoy an audio tour & travel at your own pace. 20 attractions and local city landmarks are featured.
Choose from a variety of restaurants that cater for all appetites and tastes. From sandwiches to pizzas and three course meals, you will find many restaurants serve fresh and local produce from Kent.
Refreshed from lunch a real must is a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world's most important pilgrimage centres. The Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop establishing his seat in Canterbury. You will see where its most famous Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 and view the numerous tombs and monuments including those of Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. Marvel at one of the cathedral's greatest glories; the stained glass collection which dates back to the 12th and 13th century, depicting miracles, royal connections and biblical stories and regarded as the finest in the country. For a guided tour allow 90 minutes.
The Canterbury Tales is ideal for all the family. Join Chaucer and his colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury in this entertaining re-creation of life medieval England. Allow 45 minutes.
After this visit you may wish to wander at your lesure. If you like shopping or want to buy some souvenirs there is a choice of venues from the modern Whitefriars centre to the old charm of the Buttermarket and niche shops along The King's Mile, Palace Street and St Margarets Street.
If you crave more culture there are several museums to visit; the Roman Museum takes you underground to the level of the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum and the Museum of Canterbury that incorporates Rupert Bear Museum. Alternatively you may wish to relax over a drink at one of the numerous cafés or pubs situated in the heart of Canterbury.
Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.
Canterbury Punting Co.
Day Tours The scene is set from the moment you step into our authentic Edwardian waiting room. You will be guided by staff in full period uniform. Our river tours last about 45 minutes, whilst you pass several medieval buildings the punter tells you the exciting stories about Canterbury's history. The script was perfected by our manager Andrew Whitely who is qualified as a green badge guide for Canterbury.
In 2014 we received a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor for 178 reviews.
You can relax in our traditional hardwood punts, in comfortable cushioned seats & tartan blankets. We have hot water bottles available and even a canopy for when it rains. Punting our city tour is an essential part of any trip to Canterbury, because it escapes the busy city allowing you to see many parts of Canterbury only accessible by river.
Haunted River Tour Take an Edwardian-style punt on a candle lit ghost hunting trip through the historic centre of Canterbury. Discover the frightening secrets that lie hidden in the darkness beneath Canterbury’s streets.
On the haunted river tour your traditionally dressed chauffeur will point out the places where ghosts have been sighted. You will be told a series of short ghost stories which, where possible, seek to explain these supernatural manifestations. Sit comfortably on our spacious, cushioned seats and wrap up warm (or hide!) in our cosy tartan blankets, with complementary hot water bottles.
Unlike our day tour, the haunted river tour requires advanced booking. Often you can book it during the day of departure with very short notice, but the latest reservations can be made is 5pm. The Haunted river tour lasts around 1 hour.