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The city itself is compact and filled to the brim with child friendly attractions, shops and places to eat, ensuring that you will never run out of things to keep your children captivated and entertained. Canterbury is best explored on foot and due to its pedestrainised streets it is a safe place to visit with your children. Musuems are certainly not boring with each one offering something to suit all the family's needs. To get an idea about what to visit why not buy a Canterbury Attractions Passport for each member of the family and receive a discount and entry into some of the many fascinating things to see and do within the city.

MorningMorning

No visit to Canterbury would be complete without a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. Full of fascinating things for kids and adults of all ages to explore. Try the Creatures Great and Small trail which is available from the Welcome Kiosk, or enjoy roaming round the impressive precincts surrounding the Cathedral. Next stop is the exciting and engaging Canterbury Tales. Children will really love the authentic smells and sounds in this accurate re-creation of medieval England life. Taking you and your family on an enjoyable adventure tracing the pilgrimage from The Tabard Inn in London to the Shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way you can listen to the different tales on headphones and the children can choose their own child friendly style commentary too.
Canterbury Visitor Centre, © Tim Stubbings

Canterbury Attractions Passport at Canterbury Visitor Centre

You can save money by purchasing an Attractions Passport Ticket, which gives you free entry into Canterbury Cathedral, the Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Heritage Museum and the Canterbury Roman Museum.
 
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 
The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction Canterbury

Canterbury Tales

Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to Canterbury.
 

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Eating in the city could not be easier. Canterbury's café and restaurant culture are as child friendly as the attractions with most catering for children with special menus and those little extras such as activity/colouring books to keep the children amused throughout lunch. Or if you fancy getting back to nature the Dane John Gardens provide the perfect space to enjoy a picnic.
Dane John Gardens, fountain

Dane John Gardens

Canterbury's most popular park has been transformed into attractive gardens with monuments and memorials, a central fountain, a tearoom and children's maze.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

After all this excitement it may be time to wind down your day and enjoy a relaxing tour through the city along the River Stour.
Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Flowing through the heart of historic Canterbury, the river is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the country's busiest city centres.
 
Canterbury Punting Co, visitors on a trip

Canterbury Punting Co.

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.
 
Canterbury Westgate Punts

Canterbury Westgate Punts

Relaxing River Stour Tours through public gardens, breathtaking countryside and the city. A choice of short, long and city trips available.
 
 

Details of Canterbury Historic River ToursCanterbury Historic River Tours

Previous awards - South East England Tourism Awards 'Best Tourism Experience' runner up!
2011 ranked 3rd out of 299 attractions in Kent Tripadvisor.

The tour lasts about 40 minutes. Firstly, we take you up to a small Franciscan island at one end of the city, which is also known as The Greyfriars. The island is home to a wonderful little chapel from the 13th century 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 industrial buildings from the medieval period, 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 which were built by the Blackfriars in the 14th century, and ends up in a peaceful garden area, that was the site of the old Abbots Mill in the city.

We then return to our starting point which is home to the infamous ducking stool.

Each boat is chauffeured by one of our team, who acts 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 April to September, our 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 us at the King's Bridge, outside The Old Weavers House 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.

See our website for more information.

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

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Contact

Canterbury Historic River Tours
Mobile: 07790534744

View the Canterbury Historic River Tours websitewww.canterburyrivertours.co.uk
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Venue

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Kings Bridge, St Peter's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AT

CT1 2ATwww.canterburyrivertours.co.uk

See location of Canterbury Historic River Tours on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     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.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

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