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Canterbury Historic River Tours

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Address: Ducking Stool, Kings Bridge | High Street, Canterbury CT1 2AT, England
Phone Number: 447790534744
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Canterbury Historic River Tours provides a truly entertaining experience...

Canterbury Historic River Tours provides a truly entertaining experience for its visitors, and is a perfect tour for all age groups. The tour & ferry service combines a light hearted enjoyable commentary whilst also discovering some of Canterbury's finest architecture set against outstanding views of natural scenery. The tour & ferry service has been recognised for its excellence and in 2013 was rated as "Outstanding with excellent staff" by Visit England and in 2014 was awarded their top national accolade of "Best Told Story". In 2015 the company was also a finalist in the National Group Travel Awards, voted by the readers of GTO Magazine and once again nominated by Visit England for their top tour accolade of "Best Told Story". Finally, 2015 saw the company win Bronze in the finals of the Beautiful South Awards in the category of 'Tourism Experience of the Year'.

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Cpt Rob!

Great alternative way to spend 45 minutes in Canterbury town centre. Rob was fantastic, full of interesting facts and stories

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great alternative way to spend 45 minutes in Canterbury town centre. Rob was fantastic, full of interesting facts and stories

Thank Jack K
Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a fantastic time on the tour. Our captain of the Katherine Parr boat was Luke. He explained the history and added a few laughs on the way. The trip lasts about 45minutes, you get to see sights that you would not normally see on foot, three is so much history in Canterbury. This tour is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we decided to take our 2 granddaughters on a river tour it was very informative and the boatman (Rob) was fantastic he made the trip very enjoyable as well as interesting with a wealth of knowledge of Canterbury's history,the river and all the goings on in the past we would highly recommend taking the trip which also represented good value... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I like these bus/boat visits a lot so we were not difficult about this and quickly decided to do a river tour. It's a nice way to learn about the historical background of the city, our guide had lots of funny and interesting anecdotes to share which made the tour even better. It was a glorious sunny... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On a sunny day it's great to get out on the water and even better when someone else is doing all the hard work of rowing you around. It was nice to see that the Captains all seemed to be quite friendly with each other - messing around and paying each other out profusely. We had Captain Pete who was... More 

Thank Seabird21
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tarquin was our guide/oarsman and was very informative, knowlegeable and most of all, very entertaining. The trip lasted about 45 mins and was an absolute delight. Definitely recommended.

Thank patcoker1
Halifax west yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very enjoyable and informative boat trip today, well worth £9.50 for 45 mins on the river - excellent history lesson from the bearded Captain Harry who certainly knew his stuff and delivered it with the right amount of humour. Well done and highly recommended. Tarquin needs to grow his beard back!

Thank Fletch53
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great trip for those who are interested in the history of Canterbury and those who want to relax on a boat trip on the river.

Thank Cool K
Leeds, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really interesting trip along the river Stour, Peter did a great job as rower & guide, only about 30 mins but well worth a visit

Thank PKn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for a river trip as an afternoon activity and boy, was it worth it. With Alex at the helm ( and oars ) this was not only a relaxing educational insight to Canterbury but also very humorous with our captain spinning more yarns than Jackanory. 40 minutes of pure gold!

Thank Boroeagle

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