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45-Minute Punting Tour in Canterbury

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Glide through the historical heart of Canterbury on a shared 45-minute punting tour. Settle aboard a classic wooden punt and cruise along the River Stour that winds through the city, passing quiet gardens, medieval houses, hidden priories and more. Waft by famous sights such as the Tudor-era Old Weavers House and Eastbridge Hospital, and listen as your punt chauffeur recounts intriguing tales and history about the passing scenery and sights. Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people per punt for a more intimate experience.
  • 45-minute punting trip on the River Stour in Canterbury, with a punt chauffeur-guide
  • Waft along the picturesque river through the historical center of Canterbury
  • Drift by famous sights such as the Old Weavers House, Eastbridge Hospital and Greyfriars Chapel
  • Pass half-timbered buildings and quiet gardens, and sail under low bridges
  • Learn the history and secrets of the passing sights from the punt guide
  • Great for families and ideal romantic experience for couples
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people per punt for a more personalized experience
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Transportation to/from attractions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Central Canterbury

Departure Time

11:00 AM
Travel independently to the jetty on the River Stour in central Canterbury, and board a traditional wooden punt, complete with its own chauffeur-guide. Settle into the cushioned seats — blankets and hot water bottles are also available — and relax as your guide uses the pole to pilot your punt through Canterbury center.

Along the way, sit back and admire the passing riverbanks, medieval buildings and gardens. Listen as your guide tells tales about the sights, and absorb the overwhelming peace of the river, broken only by the sounds of the lapping waters.

Cruise by the 12th-century Poor Priests Hospital, used as a tannery, almshouse, priests’ house and workhouse down the centuries. Sail under low bridges and through tunnels, and waft past pretty Greyfriars Chapel, medieval Eastbridge Hospital and the Blackfriars Dominican Priory. 

Take photos from the water of the half-timbered Old Weavers House, named after the Flemish and Huguenot weavers who used it during the 16th century. Today, the house serves as a restaurant where you can enjoy ‘punt and meal’ deals.

After approximately 45 minutes, your journey ends when you disembark at the riverside.

Punting tours that take you out of town into the Kent countryside are also available.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Canterbury Punting Company
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eastbridge Hospital
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Canterbury Punting Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 45-Minute Punting Tour in Canterbury?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Good the idea to grab a coffee just before the departure at their own Cafe!" See review

Reviews

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Punting
Gals
, Sep 2020
Be sure to go to the Punting Company in advance to secure your time slot. We ended up arriving for 11am which we expected to be our time slot, however, were told we had to book it for a later time and had to come back (luckily only a 20 minute delay). Commentary was good, however, not always clear due to the visors the guide needed to wear (obviously required at the moment though). Lovely, relaxing way to see nature and a different perspective of Canterbury.
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Punting in the rain
Explorer
, Aug 2020
Lovely trip the guide was extremely informative and very knowledgeable...........to my grandaughters delight we saw baby moorhens and other wildlife.
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A must to do in Canterbury
Alessia_T
, Aug 2020
It was very good!! Canterbury is a special city to visit. Our guide Sébastian was superb!! Good the idea to grab a coffee just before the departure at their own Cafe! The only thing was that the tour was shorter than 45 mins.
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Terrific experience. Really...
GARY S
, Aug 2016
Terrific experience. Really knowledgeable commentary enhanced the experience. Will definitely do this trip again.
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there is not me on the picture...
sylvie m
, Jul 2016
there is not me on the picture!!!! but wonderful and amazing kiss from french
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It was very busy on the river which...
Jemma F
, Jul 2016
It was very busy on the river which sometimes made it difficult for our tour guide/puntsman to give the tour without being disjointed.
star-5
Really, interesting and relaxing...
Sonya P
, Jun 2016
Really, interesting and relaxing. Andrew, the tour guide/punter was first class. We will definitely go again. Good value.
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It was a very relaxing boattrip through...
Yasmine F
, May 2016
It was a very relaxing boattrip through the nature of Canterbury. I would have preferred to see the old city, but obviously it wasn't possible. We will do this trip next time.

Product code: 35145P1

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