Canterbury Punting Co

1032 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

June, 2018

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

Whilst wandering around Canterbury we’d seen street kiosks selling river trips, and as it was a lovely sunny afternoon, decided to strike whilst the sun shone.

We reviewed the information cards we’d collected on the three options over lunch. Two were discounted: “Canterbury Historic River Tours”: as we’d seen the small inflatables which were rowed crammed with teenagers and “Westage Punts”: took you out of town on the Great River Stour. We settled on “Canterbury Punting Co”: as it took us around the city on a traditional punt and at £12.50 each seemed reasonable.

A helpful young lady, with a booth on the main street, gave us a ticket for the next ‘punting’ at 1pm and directed us down Stour Street to Water Lane Coffee a small café where we bought the tickets.

Our punt took eight and we went down half a dozen steps to the river where we were helped in. Because the river is very shallow the boats are low, and we sat on cushions and rugs in two sections, with two facing two. You could stretch your legs out but we all wondered how we would get out (surprisingly well in the end).

Our guide/boatman was Sebastian who gave the brief mandatory health and safety tour before setting off. He was a good raconteur, and provided a running commentary, managed to duck under the very low bridges and make steering the heavy wooden punt appear easy. We passed other boats, but it never felt crowded because the river was so narrow and in some places, it was literally one way. Being on the river gave us a different perspective and allowed us to see new born ducklings and moor hens at close quarters.

The trip took around 45 minutes and is recommended for relaxing.

Helen Jackson

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.