A travel guide has rated the Canterbury Historic Rivers Tours as one the best things to do in the city.
The Condé Nast Traveler described the tour along the Stour as “a relaxing row on the river with amusing and friendly guides eager to dispense random, and fascinating, local facts and stories”.
Reviewer Ramsay Short, a lifestyle and tourism writer, recommended the 40-minute tour to both young and old.
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He said: “Our guide was incredibly eloquent and knowledgeable about every spot along the way, telling anecdotes and engaging with his audience. As organised and professional as you’d expect from a popular tourist attraction.
“You can tell there is a camaraderie among the many boat guides who clearly taking pride in their jobs. Remember they have to row the boats at the same time as talk. Impressive. And funny.”
The first river tour along the Stour took place in 1932. Albert Coole, then Canterbury’s official city guide, said the purpose of the tour was to show visitors beauty spots from a new angle.
The tours leave from the Kingsbridge and pass a number of curiosities which are not seen from any road or open space.
Ramsay Short’s review goes on: “I loved seeing the little Franciscan island at one end of the city, aka The Greyfriars, literally in the middle of the river which is small enough already.
“The island houses a tiny chapel from the 13th century and is the oldest example of Franciscan architecture in the country. It’s like the start of a novel.
“The tour actually one of the best things to do in the city.”
Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine. It is produced by the Condé Nast group, a publishing house started by entrepreneur Condé Montrose Nast in New York in 1909.