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Things Not Related To Canterbury Cathedral To Do In Canterbury

There is more to Canterbury than the Cathedral - But Exactly What

Canterbury Historic River Tour

Canterbury Historic River Tour


Like all towns and cities that have significant numbers of tourists there is a range of alternatives to the main draws. In Canterbury the main draw is of course Canterbury Cathedral for which we have a dedicated page.


All the following attractions are in Canterbury centre within easy walking distance of each other and Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Historic River Tour

As you wander down the pedestrianised High Street you will often come across a crowd by Kings Bridge, crossing the River Stour. This is the starting point for the Canterbury River Tour, a very popular and off beat experience.


Unlike other river/water excursions you may take you are put into a small boat with a handful of others and your guide. No motorised boat here, your guide is also your power source and will row you along the River Stour at a stately pace taking many opportunities to stop and admire. The river has had a historic impact on Canterbury and there is much to see.

Its one of those off beat, one off experiences that has proven to be a hit for years and years. The tours leave every 15 to 20 minutes taking around 40 minutes between April and October.

Museum of Canterbury

A traditional city museum covering the history of Canterbury. Modest admission charge.

Canterbury Cathedral

Guided Walking Tours Of Canterbury

Canterbury Walking Tour Web Site

If your visit to Canterbury is for anything other than a quick half day visit to Canterbury Cathedral its well worth taking a guided walking tour.

The walk will give you a great background to the history of Canterbury from its beginnings to modern day. The walk covers all that is worthwhile in the city centre.

Its a great first item on your agenda, giving you orientation, background and an opportunity to sound out a local guide with no commercial bias of the attractions on offer for you to visit later. You'll hear and see things not in any guide book too.


The walking tour also goes into the cathedral grounds, (though doesn't enter the Cathedral itself) a facet you would otherwise have to pay for.

The knowledgeable city guides have been performing this tour uninterrupted since 1948

Admission charges are very modest and the tour runs daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. from in front of the tourist office.

During winter months (October to March) only the morning tour operates.

Tickets can be purchased from the official tourist office, directly opposite the front entrance to Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Tales

A much promoted attraction in the middle of the city.

"Inside the historic building of St. Margaret's Church you can step back over 500 years to join Geoffrey Chaucer (England's finest poet) and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral" - that's the marketing message anyway.

Canterbury Tales

Norman Castle Canterbury

The remains of a Norman castle with interpretation panels, an elevated viewing area. Leaflets are available at the tourist information centre opposite the cathedral's main gateway.

Canterbury Castle was established in the 1080s by the Normans and replaced an earlier motte and bailey fortification built at the nearby Dane John.

St Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.

The Abbey is situated outside the city walls. At the Abbey, you can also enjoy a museum and an interactive audio tour.

The Roman Museum Remembering Canterbury 1600 Years Ago

In 43 AD the Romans invaded Britain. Late in the 1st century they took over the Celtic settlement of Canterbury and rebuilt it. The Romans called the new town Durovernum Cantiacorum. They laid out the new streets in a grid pattern and built public buildings in stone.

In the centre of Roman Canterbury was the Forum, an open space lined by shops and by the basilica a kind of town hall. The Forum acted as the market place. In Roman Canterbury there were temples.

There were also public baths. In Roman times going to the baths was not just a way to keep clean it was also a way to socialise. It was the Roman equivalent of going to the pub

The town flourished for 300 years but in the 4th century Roman civilisation declined. After the Romans left Britain in 407 AD town life broke down and Canterbury was probably abandoned.


The Roman museum is in the heart of Canterbury. Its found in Butchery Lane in the heart of Canterbury's medieval maze of alleys and narrow streets, only about 200m from the tourist office and Canterbury Cathedral.

Its very easy to walk straight past it, even when you're actively looking.

The Roman Museum itself is underground at the level of the original Roman town with just the small entrance pictured above at street level.

It's a mix of excavated real objects: authentic reconstruction's; and preserved remains of a Roman town house with its famous mosaics.


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