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River Tour, £5-£10

Greyfriars Chapel

Greyfriars Chapel


Water Lane,


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.

Education/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsGuided tours mandatorySmoking allowedWedding receptions

Opening details

Day Tours open 10-5pm advanced bookings outside of these hours. March-November
Haunted River Tours - We are open to the public 10am-5pm however haunted river tours can be booked to depart between 6-8pm.
Weather permitting.


Day Tour:
Adults £10
Concessions £8
Children £5

Haunted River Tour:
Adults £10
Concesions £8
Children £5
Minimum fee of £50



See location of Canterbury Punting Co on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 147577  Lat: 51.27847 Long: 1.07706

Canterbury East Station, head down Castle Street, turn left down Beer Cart Lane, continue to Water Lane.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking allowedSmoking allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions