Lifestyle: Canterbury Historic Riverboat Tour

When I first visited Canterbury, an unbelievable five years ago (I can’t believe my little baby sister starts going on university open days next year – where has the time gone?!), one of the first things I noticed was the river winding around the city. And the numerous boat tours along it. I remember saying how lovely it seemed, how I’d definitely make time to do one of those.

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All I can say is that I am so, so glad I made the time to do this. What I was imagining to be a rather wasteful use of money turned out to be a hugely enjoyable 45 minutes. Our guide (Rob, the guy with the beard, if you’re wondering!) was hilarious and hugely knowledable about Canterbury. He managed to tailor his talk to be entertaining to us two as students, and the slightly more mature audience making up the rest of the boat.

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It may be a little pricey, but the Historic Riverboat tour is something I truly loved. I’d also highly recommend trying to get Rob as your guide/driver – he had us in stitches, not least when watching him try to duck under the lowest bridges of the journey. I learnt things about Canterbury I wish I’d known earlier, located places I’d have loved to have visited more.
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But most of all? This was the perfect way to round off my time in the city. It provided some of the most stunning views of Canterbury, showed off the best and most gorgeous parts of the city, and got us away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. I fell back in love with Canterbury, remembered why I’d chosen to come to university there.

Disclaimer – we were paying customers, I just loved it enough to post about it!

How do you like to explore a city?

  • This was one of the things I loved doing in Canterbury, but only made time to do once! Isn’t it crazy how quickly the time went there? Sometimes I wish I had a month (and the money!) to just go back and do all the touristy bits I wanted to do there!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

    • ninegrandstudent

      It is, I would love to go back for a few weeks, with money, to properly experience the city! x

  • I’ve lived nearby for years and not once have I been on a river tour – I feel like this is a mistake! Your photos are lovely, I really like the one with the cathedral in the background 🙂 xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      It was such a lovely experience, there were some areas of the city I genuinely had no clue existed! x

  • I’ve never actually been to Canterbury, I’d love to go one day though!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely take a trip, it’s well worth a visit! x

  • Canterbury looks amazing! I had no idea there was a riverboat there. It reminds me a little of Cambridge, which is one of my favourite cities to explore!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • ninegrandstudent

      Cambridge is one of my favourites too, they are quite similar! x

  • LadyRedot

    Love your photos! I bet you had a lot of fun on the river tour. May I repost this article on my website to share with my readers? I would love to link back to you! Thanks!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks for your comment. I would prefer you not to repost, but feel free to link to my post or share on social media!