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Flying the Flag for Kent

One of Canterbury’s finest features is the tranquil River Stour, calmly wending its way through its historic centre. On the banks of the river, one can find a small company that exemplifies the passion and enthusiasm that sets Kent apart as a destination.

Canterbury Historic River Tours offer historic guided tours of Canterbury from the unique perspective of the river, combining an enjoyable light-hearted commentary with outstanding views of natural scenery. The 2016 season has once again seen them recognised through the awards and accolades they have earned. This year the company became a finalist in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016, in which they placed in the top five tourism experiences in the country. This is a particular achievement considering the small size of the business; they were indeed the minnows of the competition, up against some true giants of the travel trade!


Most impressively, at the end of the 2016 Season the company was announced winner of Luxury Travel Guide’s European Awards 2017, where they were announced to be Europe’s Unique Tour Operator of the Year. European acclaim is certainly an incredible achievement for such a small business. It is a feather in the cap of Kent’s visitor offer on an international scale, considering that we sit at the gateway to Europe and our city is the first port of call for many visitors from the continent.

Businesses like Canterbury Historic River Tours set the ‘Kent Standard’ that the city upholds in all areas, from the quality of its attractions to the beauty of its scenery, the uniqueness of its culture to the quality of local food and drink. Truly, Kent has it all!

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