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45-Minute Punting Tour in Canterbury

Each punting tour runs through the historic city centre of Canterbury along the hidden River Stour. You will be comfortably seated on cushions and blankets in a traditional wooden punt. Your guide will drive the boat.

per adult from




45 minutes


Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
  • On this 45-minute punting tour you will get to take a route that is not accessible by foot and your chauffeur, also your guide, will give you a historic commentary. The tour will start in the centre of historic Canterbury and you will get to see some of the most interesting sites of the city.

    Locations include:
    • Poor Priests Hospital (Originally built in 1177 as a tannery, it became a charitable almshouse, then a place for priests to live. After being surrendered to the crown during the 16th century, it became a workhouse.)
    • Greyfriars Chapel (Originally built in 1267, it is the oldest Franciscan building in Europe. After being surrendered to Henry VIII, it was sold to a wealthy family who fled Canterbury after the civil war, leaving it in disrepair.)
    • Eastbridge Hospital (Founded in 1190 as a place for pilgrims visiting the cathedral where Thomas Becket was Martyred by the Swords of the King’s Knights. Chaucer, who wrote “The Canterbury Tales”, probably visited here.)
    • 50 Yard Tunnel
    • Old Weavers House (Elizabeth I granted refugees, fleeing from persecution in Europe, a chance to set up a business. This building was constructed in 1500 and housed weavers. Today it is a great restaurant where you can get our “punt and meal” deal.)
    • Blackfriars Dominican Priory (In 1237, Henry II granted land and money to the Dominicans to build their priory. It covers both sides of the river. Nowadays it is part of The King’s School.)

    Alternatively, you can take a tour out of town into the countryside. Hot water bottles are available on request. Buildings on the tour date back eight hundred years, some parts date all the way back to roman times. Tours are limited to 12 passengers per boat. 
  • Departure Point :
    Central Canterbury
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Seats are assigned by the theater box office and will not be known in advance of the performance date
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Tours operate between 10am and 5pm. A specific time slot cannot be guaranteed; during the busy times queuing might be necessary
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Canterbury Punting Company

Activity ID: V-35145P1

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