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One Day Itinerary

This classic one day itinerary for Canterbury will take you on a tour that encompasses the magnificence of this historical city.

Morning

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.
Canterbury Westgate Punts
Canterbury Historic River Tours
Canterbury Punting Co.
Canterbury Guided Walking Tours
Canterbury Audio Tour at Canterbury Audio Tour
 

Lunch

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.
 

Afternoon

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.
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Tales
Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Morning: Canterbury Westgate Punts

Address

Westgate Grove
Canterbury
CT2 8AA

Contact Details

Tel: 07816 760869
Relaxing river punt trips with cheerful qualified boatmen. Punts seat up to 6 persons. Meander through tranquil gardens and countryside with an abundance of wildlife. Historic City Trips are also available, discover Canterbury's history and changing skyline. Sweetheart boats available for romantic river cruises.

Trips from Westgate Bridge to the Wincheap Park and Ride facility also available, take a relaxing trip out of the City back to your car. For more information see www.parkandpunt.co.uk

Perfect after a day of walking around the city streets and attractions. On return to embarkation point you will feel relaxed, chilled out and who knows - you may want to go again! For further information visit: http://www.crnc.co.uk

Directions

Located at Wesgate Bridge by Westgate Towers. On bus route and close to railway stations

Prices and opening

Charges for 2015

Short Country Trip - 35mins Adults £9.00, Children £5.00 (5 to 12yrs)

Long Country Trip - 45 - 50mins Adults £12.00, Children £6.00 (5 to 12yrs)

Long City Trip - 65mins Adults £16.00, Children £7.00 (5 to 12yrs)

'Large family' and 'Group' Discounts are available

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesRunning daily mid-March to late-October (10am till 6pm everyday - later in summer). Weather permitting. Please call 07816 760869 to confirm.
 

Morning: Canterbury Historic River Tours

Address

Kings Bridge
St Peter's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2AT

Contact Details

Tel: 07790534744
Previous awards - South East England Tourism Awards 'Best Tourism Experience' runner up!
Tripadvisor - As of January 2015 rated 1st of 37 Activities in Canterbury
Visit England Accredited
2013 Official Assessment: Tour offered 'Outstanding Tour Conduct with Excellent Staff'
2014 Offical Assessment: Nominated for 'Best Told Story' Accolade.

As Featured in the Special Canterbury Edition Monopoly Board!

This multi award winning guided Historic River Tour provides a truly entertaining experience which is perfect for visitors of all ages and nationalities.

Guided Historic River Tours have been a favourite pastime for over 80 years and this Canterbury attraction allows you to escape the busy city centre and discover Canterbury from the unique perspective of the River Stour.

This Company are nationally and internationally renowned for their historic and humorous interpretation of the city’s fascinating history, and during the 2013 season were officially accredited by Visit England, who reported that they offer “Outstanding Tour Conduct with Excellent staff”. Whats more, the 2014 season saw the company nominated by Visit England for their “Best Told Story” accolade!

The guides will provide an enjoyable historical commentary whilst you discover some of Canterbury's finest and most important architecture set against outstanding views of natural scenery.

For more information visit their website at www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk
Or Email them at info@canterburyrivertours.co.uk

TOUR INCLUDES:
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

Canterbury Historic River Tours is the trading name of Canterbury River Tours Ltd. Company No: 06530326, Registered in England & Wales, registered address: Camburgh House 27 New Dover Rd, Canterbury. CT1 3DN. For further information visit: http://www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk

Directions

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.

Prices and opening

2015 Season prices

Adult £9.00
Student £8.00
Senior £8.00
Child 12 - 16 £6.00
Child under 12 £5.00
Family £24.00

Single tickets £7.00 (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)

Group booking discounts are available. Please telephone for further information.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMarch to October 2015, 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.
 

Morning: Canterbury Punting Co.

Address

Water Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2NQ

Contact Details

Tel: 07786332666
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. For further information visit: http://www.canterburypunting.co.uk

Directions

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

Prices and opening

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

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




Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesDay 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.
 

Morning: Canterbury Guided Walking Tours

Address

Christ Church Gate
The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EE

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 459779
Enjoy a fascinating 90 minute guided 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! Guided walking tours daily from the Buttermarket. Discounted pre-booked group tours in 9 languages. For further information visit: http://www.canterburyguidedtours.com

Directions

We meet groups at many different locations in the city. Daily tours leave from the Buttermarket.

Prices and opening

Daily Walking Tours:

Adults £7.50
Concessions £7.00
Student (12 - 23yrs) £7.00
Children under 12 £5.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children under 12) £25.00

Minimum charge £70.00 for groups with fewer than 10

There is no pre-booking for Daily Tours; tickets may be bought on the day at any time before the tour from the The Beaney Art Museum and Library - High Street, Canterbury Heritage Museum - Stour Street, or Canterbury Roman Museum on Butchery Lane.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesWalks are available twice daily 11am and 2pm from 1st April to 31st October and daily at 11am from 1st November to 31st March (except 25th December).
 

Morning: Canterbury Audio Tour at Canterbury Audio Tour

Address

The Welcome Centre
Canterbury Coach Park
Canterbury
CT1 1BW

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 637556
Something new and exciting has come to Canterbury!

Canterbury Audio Tours invites you to explore Canterbury's sites with a self guided tour of this historic city, which is taken at your own pace. No other tour covers as much ground or includes as many benefits! Available in 8 languages, and suitable for all ages, you can take a tour at any time of day to suit you.

Escape the crowds of traditional walking tours, and ensure you hear every word with a personal, easy to use audio player, earphones and specially designed 'Kent Tours' keep-sake map of the city. The audio player and earphones are yours to hire for the day.

With the option to pause, rewind or skip to your favourite parts, Canterbury Audio Tours allows complete flexibility on your trip to the city. This allows you to stop for lunch, browse the local shops, or stop to visit an attraction that interests you, whilst enjoying your tour of Canterbury. And getting around couldn't be easier; with two pre-set audio guided routes to choose from, or the option to choose your own, this is a tour that you can tailor to your own perferences.

The audio tour gives you a chance to explore the areas of Canterbury otherwise missed by traditional tours. Featuring 20 landmarks and attractions, it guides you past famous must sees such as the stunning Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey, as well as local favourites such as the Westgate Towers, the Norman Castle and Greyfriars island.

In addition, Canterbury Audio Tours also includes discounts for featured Canterbury attractions and restaurants; making this audio tour the ideal starting point for all trips to Canterbury.

Approximate tour times:
Route 1 approx 45 minutes
Route 2 approx 1 hour/1 hour 15 minutes
Total for routes 1 and 2 approx 2 hours.

Tours are available in eight languages, including; English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese.

The tour is available at any time of day, great for all ages and available in all weathers.

To hire your audio player for the day, visit us at the Welcome Centre at Canterbury Coach Park, or book online www.canterburyaudiotours.co.uk to receive an online discount.

Directions

Located 200m from the Cathedral entrance.

Prices and opening

Adults £9.00
Children £6.00
Concessions £7.00
Family £25.00

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Notes
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Cathedral

Address

The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 762862
Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. To all visitors we extend a warm welcome and hope that they too will enjoy sharing with us the beauty of one of the great holy places of Christendom.

Canterbury Cathedral, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site.

The Cathedral and its history:

St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

Visitor facilities range from guided tours and audio tours to private evening tours and 'behind the scenes' tours to the Stained Glass Studio, Archives and/or Library.

The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Please note that the east end of the Cathedral, including the Quire, will close every day in preparation for Evensong from 16.30 (Monday-Friday) and from 14.30 (Saturday & Sunday).

For information on Cathedral closures please visit the website or view the pdf. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Directions

The Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.

Prices and opening

There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.

Adult £10.50
Concessions £9.50
Children (under 18) £7.00
Pre-booked groups (Adults and Concessions) £9.00

The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesTuesday 7th July: The Crypt will be closed for a furneral service from 1pm (last admission into the Crypt will be at 12.30pm) until 3pm.

Weekdays (incl Saturdays):
Summer 09:00 - 17:30
Winter 09:00 - 17:00
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30

Sundays:
Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 2.30pm

Last entry half an hour before closing time.

The Cathedral or parts of it may be closed for Services and/or special events. Always check opening times before visiting. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date opening details.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Tales

Address

St Margaret's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2TG

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 479227
Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era? A visit to the Canterbury Tales, one of Kent's most popular attractions, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, you can do just that.

Inside the historic building of St Margaret's Church you can journey back over 500 years to join Geoffrey Chaucer (England's finest poet) and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the fun and excitement of Chaucer's famous tales. Steeped in the rich history of this medieval city, at the Canterbury Tales you really can visit another world.

The Canterbury Tales is a stunningly accurate recreation of medieval life. With a combination of live costumed characters and entertaining audio guides, it provides an excellent introduction to the city and its famous literary connection. For further information visit: http://www.canterburytales.org.uk

Directions

City Centre location in pedestrianised centre of Canterbury.

Prices and opening

Adult £8.95
Children (5 to15 years) £6.95
Senior/Student £7.95
Family (2 adults & 2 children) £27.75

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe Canterbury Tales is open daily throughout the year but will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day. Please ring to check times before making a special visit.

January to February 10am to 4.30pm
March to June 10am to 5pm
July to August 9.30am to 5pm
September to October 10am to 5pm
November to December 10am to 4.30pm
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Roman Museum

Address

Longmarket
Butchery Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2JR

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 785575
Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level. Stroll through the marketplace, look inside recreated Roman rooms, and discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure.

See how little has changed since Roman times when viewing rare tools, or how much could be made of simple items like bones. Be amazed by collections of intricate Roman glass flasks and bottles, jewellery and a silver spoon hoard.

Handle, sort and classify real Roman pottery fragments and other objects relating to Roman:
- everyday life
- building materials
- rubbish
- mosaics

Museum highlights include Roman:
- mosaic floors preserved where excavated
- hypocaust (underfloor heating system) preserved where excavated
- digital reconstruction of a Roman town house
- rare cavalry horse-harness fittings, one of only two sets in the world
- rare tools - Roman spade, carpenter's square and mason's trowel
- gateway hinge, part of Canterbury's Riding Gate on Watling Street to Dover
- building materials including roof tiles with Roman dog-paw prints
- painted plaster fragments with flowers, patterns and dancers' feet
- finds from Canterbury's Roman baths, including gaming counters, toiletry items and bath lining
- figurines of gods including horse goddess and Gaulish male
- metal vessels, ewers and dishes used in religious ceremonies
- pottery, imported fine Samian ware and locally-made pots

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the Cathedral. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Directions

The Canterbury Roman Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral.
5 minutes walk from the City Centre
10 minutes walk from Canterbury West
15 minutes walk from Canterbury East
10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.

Prices and opening

Adults £8
Discounts £6
Children - free to a maximum of 2 per paying adult, £1.50 per child thereafter

Joint ticket for Heritage and Roman Museum
Adults £10.00
Concessions £8.00

Free to MyTownMyCity users, except for some special events.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesLast Entry 4.15pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Heritage Museum

Address

Stour Street
Canterbury
CT1 2NR

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 475202
Includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson's original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.

Around the museum are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families - you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children's programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily's shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!

Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.

Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.

Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.

Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Directions

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Prices and opening

Adults £8
Discounts £6
Children - free to a maximum of 2 per paying adult, £1.50 per child thereafter

Joint ticket for Heritage and Roman Museum
Adults £10.00
Concessions £8.00

Free to MyTownMyCity users, except for some special events.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Wed 25 Mar 2015 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Wed - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
NotesClosed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.