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Previous awards - South East England Tourism Awards 'Best Tourism Experience' runner up!
Tripadvisor - As of January 2014 rated 1st of 24 Activities in Canterbury
Visit England Accredited- the only Guided River Tour to be officially accredited by Visit England!
2013 Official Assessment: Tour offered “Outstanding Tour Conduct with Excellent Staff”
2014 Official Assessment: Nominated for “Best Told Story” Accolade
As Featured in the Special Canterbury Edition Monopoly Board!
Buy Canterbury Historic River Tours Tickets
This much acclaimed and multi award winning guided river tour provides a truly entertaining experience for its visitors and is perfect for all age groups, the tour combines a very enjoyable light hearted commentary whilst also discovering some of Canterbury’s finest architecture set against outstanding views of natural scenery.
Each boat is chauffeured by one of the boatmen, who acts as 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 March to November, weather and river conditions permitting, 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 them on the King's Bridge, outside The Old Weavers House on Canterbury’s High Street, 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.
Tickets purchased online must be redeemed at their trading point on the King’s Bridge, on Canterbury’s high street prior to the departure of the tour. Please note that this attraction operates pending on weather and river conditions.
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
*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.
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.
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.
If this is a personal purchase and you are a UK taxpayer*, Canterbury Visitor Centre can increase the value of your purchase without costing you a penny. If you tick the 'Reclaim Gift Aid' box and fill in your full name and home address details, Canterbury Visitor Centre will be able to claim at least 25% extra from the Government on top of your purchase made through Canterbury website. Your name and address will be forwarded to Canterbury Visitor Centre in this case to allow them to claim the Gift Aid.
*You must have paid UK tax this year at least equal to the 25% Canterbury Visitor Centre will claim.