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This post provides details about the best walking tours in Canterbury, including outings that cover the history of the area, its potentially haunted past, and more. 


OVERVIEW

If you're interested in learning about Canterbury while strolling around town, there are a variety of walking tours available that cover some of the most notable sites in the area.

Sadly, there currently aren't any pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Canterbury, but the paid options we'll cover below are quite well priced at between £10 - £15 per person.

The most popular type of tour here covers the history and significant attractions in Canterbury.

These are essentially introductory tours that are perfect for visitors who aren't familiar with the town.

There is also at least one ghost tour you can take which provides a darker look at the history of Canterbury, including details about a variety of terrifying and disturbing events of the past.

Alternatively, if you're not interested in joining a public tour, you can also head out on your own using a self-guided tour or exploration game.

These services typically offer more freedom and cover ground oft forgotten in guided tours.

No matter how you want to explore the town, there are plenty of opportunities to learn all about the location by taking a walking tour of Canterbury!


CANTERBURY HISTORY WALKING TOURS

There are several excellent walking tours you can take in Canterbury.

Although there aren't currently any pay-what-you-wish tours available, prices are pretty affordable at around £10 - £15 per person on average.


Canterbury Guided Tours

This is the main walking tour offered in Canterbury, this company comes highly recommended by most visitors.

You can expect to see and learn about sites such as the Canterbury Cathedral, the Buttermarket, the Marlowe Theatre, the Crooked House, and other notable sites in the area.

However, those more interested in learning about the overall city would be better suited with a different company as most of the 90 minute tour is spent discussing Canterbury Cathedral.

  • £15/Adults | £7.50/Children (5-11)
  • £13/Seniors (65+) & Youths (12-23)
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am & 2 pm
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Reviews: This is one of the most popular tour companies in Canterbury, and most guests report that their guides are very friendly and informative.

Get Your Guide Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


CT Tours

This is another company offering a fairly simple walking tour of Canterbury.

Much like their competitors, this outing is approximately 90 minutes in length and covers a lot of historic ground.

While on this tour, you can expect to learn about and see sites such as the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, the Westgate Towers Museum, the Marlowe Theatre, Christ Church Gate, Saint George's Tower, and more.

This is an excellent alternative to other services in Canterbury, and since it takes place in the evening, it could easily double as a sunset tour.

  • £12.50/Adults | £5/Youth (13-17) | £10/Seniors (65+)
  • Free for Children under the age of 12
  • Availability: Almost Daily at 6 pm
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

CT Tours also offers a condensed outing that is only an hour long.

Although it doesn't cover as much ground, it's an excellent option for anyone with a limited amount of time to spend in Canterbury.

  • £10/Adults | £5/Youth (13-17) | £9/Seniors (65+)
  • Free for Children under the age of 12
  • Availability: Sat - Thur at 4:30 pm
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Reviews: Most guests appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the area, reporting that their guides provide a lot of interesting and valuable information.

Some customers indicated their guides also managed to keep their kids entertained, and since admission is free for all children under 12, that's a pretty good sign about the quality of their service!

Viator Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


CANTERBURY GHOST WALKING TOURS

This section will cover the best ghost walking tours you can take in Canterbury.

During these outings, you can expect to learn about chilling and disturbing stories from throughout the history of this town.


Canterbury Ghost Tours

If you're more interested in learning about the potentially haunted history of Canterbury, this tour is an excellent option, and it's very reasonably priced.

Unlike other outings in the area, this tour covers subjects such as witches, curses, notable deaths, and terrifying crimes from throughout Canterbury's history.

This service takes place at 8 pm each night, making it an excellent option for anyone who wants to take a night tour.

Reviews: This company has received hundreds of positive reviews, and most tourists report that they provide an entertaining, shocking, and informative outing.

Some parents indicated that this was also a good tour for their kids, saying they were happy that the tour guide didn't try to sugarcoat their stories for younger audiences.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


CANTERBURY SELF-GUIDED TOURS

This section will cover self-guided tours and exploration games you can enjoy in Canterbury.

You can expect these services to cover ground that isn't always included on guided tours.


Cluecation Travel

If you're looking for a tour that will allow you to go off the beaten track and take part in the process of discovering Canterbury, this company offers a self-guided treasure hunt which covers some of the best hidden gems in the area.

Using your smartphone, you'll locate notable sites using GPS to look for clues that will lead you to the next stop on your tour.

The best part is that one ticket can be shared and used by multiple people, so only one person needs to pay for admission!

Reviews: This is a relatively new company, but they do have a pretty good rating so far, and most customers report that their services are both fun and informative.

Although it's not a traditional walking tour, many visitors feel that this outing is a great way to explore Canterbury at your own pace.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: August 17th, 2022
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