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Canterbury Historic River Tours

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Address: Ducking Stool, Kings Bridge | High Street, Canterbury CT1 2AT, England
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+44 7790 534744
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Well worth the trip

The guides are interesting and make the whole trip fun. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Canterbury from a different perspective.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guides are interesting and make the whole trip fun. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Canterbury from a different perspective.

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

You must take river tour in Canterbury. As with many cities, it gives a very different perspective on life as it was prior to early 20th century. This tour gives an interesting perspective on "old" Canterbury.

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kent.UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Took a trip with friends whilst visiting Canterbury. ' Captain Henry' took us out and he was brilliant. Informed, confident, highly amusing,full of jokes, but also happy to have serious discussions or answer questions. He made the trip, which is not long but is a must whilst in the city for the true Canterbury experience. Great fun, do it

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Try out, find out! Take a trip down the man made river and find out secrets from her past. As Canterbury is the prettiest lady in Kent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Informative, amusing, picturesque, reasonably-priced - loved it! Even umbrellas provided for the short shower. One of those attractions you'd love to do again.

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Hi Wilfyhalo. Thank you very much indeed for the high praise! It is greatly appreciated. I do hope you will visit us again as it would be our pleasure to host you. Hope you had a wonderful visit to Canterbury! More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

A small boat on a small part of the river, but with hundreds of years' of history in the company of a fun guide/rower. 'Captain' Henry kept us entertained as he manoeuvred his little boat up and down the mill stream part of the Stour that the tour uses. There's lucks of ducking under improbably low bridges, but also a... More 

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Hello Mike, and thank you for the review. I'm so glad you found our part of the river fascinating; it certainly does have some hidden gems of history tucked away. It's great to hear that you discovered them through our tour. More 

Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

These tours are one of Kent & Canterbury's favourite things to do. They were recently awarded Winner of 'Unique Tour Operator of the Year' and Visit England Awards for Excellence. Boating & Punting in Canterbury has been a favourite pastime on the River Stour and all tourists look for it. The River Stour is a perfect way to discover parts... More 

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Hello RajnishPathak, and thank you for the review. It is kind of you to highlight our awards success. I notice some of the text of your review looks very similar to that which is featured on our website. Presumably you've done your research?? Thanks again for the review. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We were very impressed with Tom our guide and rower today. He was very knowledgable and friendly and told us lots of historical facts and sayings, and we certainly came away knowing more than when we began the tour. There were 6 of us in the rowing boat as we were gently taken up and down the river , ducking... More 

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Hello petshopgirl49! I'm really glad you came away impressed; our motto is 'Exceeding Expectations', and we always work to do this whenever we can. I'm also glad that the staff impressed you as a team; I am very proud of them! It is interesting that you say Tom should make a great teacher; I understand he is doing work experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

I went here last week and it was lovely lots of things to see and lots of loved ducks the best way to go was cantubary

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Rae! Its always great to see the wildlife on the river. This year as well as the ducks and moorhens we had a heron, bluetits and grey wagtails. Always great to spot! More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Captain Rob was so informative and funny, my boyfriend and I had a lovely afternoon and came away talking to all of our friends about the insightful facts we had learned! Extremely charismatic tour guide and a beautiful setting. Would do it again for sure!

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CHRT, Manager at Canterbury Historic River Tours, responded to this review

Hi Katiebob88, thank you for the brilliant review. So glad that we impressed! Rob is a charismatic fellow to be sure; always cuts a swathe at parties! XD More 

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