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Canterbury Punting Tours on the River Stour

The River Stour flows through the heart of Canterbury and some of the best views of the city’s ancient medieval buildings and landmark attractions like The Marlowe Theatre and the Cathedral are from the water. Guided punting tours are one of Canterbury’s most popular tourist attractions and not to be missed on any visit.

River Routes

See some of Canterbury’s most beautiful medieval architecture and hop aboard a guided return punting tour moving at a leisurely pace through the city and lasting around 40 minutes. The general route heads towards a small Franciscan island called Greyfriars with little 13th century chapel and takes in some of the city’s most famous historic buildings including 12th century Eastbridge Hospital and the old King’s Bridge, The Old Weavers House, The Kings Mill and the Cromwellian Iron Forge. You’ll also enjoy glimpses of Canterbury Cathedral and cruise past ancient Dominican priories, idyllic city gardens and the riverside Marlowe Theatre.

Punting Tour Companies

Award-winning Canterbury Historic River Tours are open daily with guided river tours available from March to October departing from their base down by the King’s Bridge adjacent to the Old Weavers restaurant.

Canterbury Punting Company also offer great guided river punts along the Stour. Their base is riverside, down Water Lane in the city centre and you can choose from a variety of themed punts including day tours, romantic tours, rainy day punting and even a haunted punting tour!

The Canterbury River Navigation Company also offers punting tours through the city departing from their boarding point at Westgate Gardens near the Tower at the bottom of the High Street close to the bridge.

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