1. South East and London
  2. Kent
  3. Canterbury

About Canterbury Punting Company

Have you ever sailed on a traditional hand-built wooden punt? Try it out on the classic guided punting tour of historic Canterbury, organised by the Cambridge Punting Company. There are no age restrictions, so feel free to bring the whole family!

Why we recommend Canterbury Punting

Discover the history and sights of Canterbury from the water

The standard 45-minute punting tour takes you through six historic sites and you get to access parts of the city you can only view by river. The highlight for the kids is definitely the 50 yard tunnel. To keep the little ones entertained, your guide will adapt his commentary to fit the age of the audience.

Scenic Route

Punting tours in Canterbury typically take visitors along the tranquil River Stour, which winds its way through the heart of the city. The route offers stunning views of Canterbury's medieval buildings, lush greenery, and charming bridges.

Traditional Experience

Punting is a traditional method of propulsion using a flat-bottomed boat and a long pole. Visitors can enjoy the unique experience of being guided along the river by a skilled punter, who uses the pole to push against the riverbed.

Historical Commentary

Punters often provide fascinating commentary throughout the tour, sharing insights into the history, architecture, and landmarks of Canterbury. They may point out notable sights such as the Canterbury Cathedral, the Westgate Towers, and the Old Weavers' House.

Relaxing Atmosphere

Punting tours offer a leisurely pace, allowing passengers to relax and take in the beauty of their surroundings. It's a perfect activity for those seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Themed tours

Choose from a Halloween/ Ghost Tour, Hen Party boat trip or even your own private tour. There's a tour to suit all ages and occasions. Canterbury punting companies typically offer both group and private tours. Group tours are a great option for meeting fellow travellers and are often more affordable, while private tours provide a more intimate experience and personalised attention from the boat punter.

Family Friendly

Punting tours are suitable for all ages, making them a great activity for families with children. Kids especially enjoy the novelty of traveling by boat and spotting wildlife along the riverbanks, such as ducks and swans.

Reviews of Canterbury Punting

"Very happy we booked this lovely punt down the Stour. The punter, Laine, was a great storyteller. Taking us through the history with humorous, interesting facts and tales about Canterbury & the river."

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Different tours available

Choose a tour to suit you including ghost, wedding, hen parties and nature tours.

Unique way to see Canterbury

Canterbury punting tours offer a serene and picturesque way to experience the historic city of Canterbury in England from the water.

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Opening Times

Monday 10:00 - 17:00 Tours can be booked outside these hours, please see website for details.

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Adult (17+) : £20.00

Price is for shared tour. Prices vary depending on what tour is booked.

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Plan Your Visit


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Yes, there is parking.

The closest parking is at Watling Street car park. It is 200 meters from Canterbury Punting Company. The cost is £1.50/hour, or free for 3 hours for blue badge holders. The closest free parking is on Gordon Road, behind Canterbury East station. This is free for 4 hours, and some of the roads adjoining Gordon Road are free all day.

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Contact Details

Water Lane, Stour Street

Tel: 01227464797

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