Drift along on a Canterbury Historic River Tour

Canterbury, Kent

Take a boat trip along the River Stour for a relaxing and slightly different Canterbury experience.

Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame said, “There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” And once you’ve experienced a trip down the River Stour through Canterbury you’ll know exactly what he meant.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, as your friendly and informative guide rows you gently down the Stour. Before the soothing motion of the boat, the gentle slap of the oars and tweeting birds carry you off into the land of nod remember this is a Canterbury Historic River Tour so open your eyes and pay attention.

From the comfort of the boat, you’ll glide effortlessly (on your part) past some of the finest history from the small Franciscan island with its cute 13th century chapel to the Cromwellian iron forge. Before long the Cathedral rolls into view, even more impressive when viewed from the river, and before you have the chance to catch your breath the 14th century Dominican priories appear.

And when there isn’t an historic gem to look at, you can always admire the graceful swans, stooping willow trees and vibrant wild flowers but just don’t fall asleep.

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