Canterbury is world-famous for three things:

i. Canterbury Cathedral's role as the 'Mother Church' of the Church of England - the Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England;

ii. The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket inside the Cathedral in 1170, on the indirect orders of King Henry II;

iii. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the most notable piece of early English literature (late 1300's), composed of tales told by travellers on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of the martyred Becket.

Canterbury, England
Personally-guided city tours; day-outs from London;
and excursions to Kent & the continent

 

Above: Boats on the River Stour in the city centre
Below: The Westgate Gardens and the River Stour

 

Visit with Dr Thomson's Tours:

Personally-guided Tour of Canterbury: £60
Our core product: a 90-minute personally-guided walking tour outlining the city's history, showing you its main sights, and taking in a number of interesting locations which many visitors do not get to (medieval walls, castle ruins, river, monastery ruins)- as well as a coffee break! We end outside the Cathedral (NB Private Guides cannot give tours of the Cathedral itself as their tours are only given by volunteer guides; I will cover the history and architecture of the Cathedral during my walking tour). Tours are in English.

Overnight(s) in Canterbury
We can arrange a package which includes Bed & Breakfast accommodation in either a city centre hotel or in a comfortable guest house (smaller, less formal accommodation), and 2 personally- guided walking tours showing you the city in detail. We can offer you Escorted Days Out around Kent, through the Channel Tunnel to France and Belgium, or by Eurostar train to the Paris or Lille.

Group Visits
Our personally-guided Walking Tour of Canterbury is very suitable for groups. Our Tours are in English. Using one guide for groups of up to 24, we deploy two guides simultaneously for up to 48 people (one coach load). With more than one coach load we will, with you, organise the day so that the Tours can be taken consecutively. Groups can make good use of our Escorted Tours of Kent, by combining Canterbury and one of Kent's features in a Day Out (e.g. Walmer Castle).

Side aisle of the Cathedral nave

Dr Thomson's Tours 37 The Crescent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AW, England
Telephone: 44-1227-455922; email: aat@drttours.co.uk
All text, maps, photos, © Dr Thomson's Tours

Medieval cathedral city, destination of pilgrims over the centuries
Canterbury today offers you not just its fine Cathedral - a spectacular architectural record in itself, that you can take a look at in How they Built Canterbury Cathedral - but a full 2,000 years of history:

Take your choice from our Canterbury pages:
Finding your way about - a 3-minute guide
Canterbury in English History
How they built Canterbury Cathedral
What to see in Canterbury - 7 top sights
Photo Gallery: Medieval Canterbury

 

Day Out - Canterbury, White Cliffs of Dover (& option of Walmer Castle): £280 - same price for any number up to maximum of 6
If you are staying in London, call us to arrange an Escorted Day Out in Canterbury and Kent. Take the 8.40 a.m. High Speed Train out of London St Pancras - a journey of only 1 hour: I will meet you at Canterbury West station at 9.40 a.m. We will do a 2 hour Introduction to Canterbury walking tour outlining the city's history, showing you its main sights, and taking in a number of interesting locations which many visitors do not get to (medieval walls, castle ruins, river, monastery ruins) - as well as a coffee break! We've an hour free for you to visit the Cathedral (NB Private Guides cannot give tours of the Cathedral itself as their tours are only given by volunteer guides; I will cover the history and architecture of the Cathedral during my walking tour). Then we head off by car for lunch in a 14th-century country pub [option: Canterbury café instead], followed by an afternoon visit to the White Cliffs of Dover (short walk; tea!) - on clear days the cliffs of France are visible 22 miles away across the English Channel. Afterwards you can choose between EITHER returning to Canterbury to be dropped off by 4 p.m. to enjoy the shops and other sights* (you can then return to London by train, or spend the evening in the city before a later return) - OR going 5 miles up the coast to Walmer Castle where I'll give you a private guided tour (and drop you back in Canterbury around 6 p.m.). Walmer Castle (a Henry VIII fort) is the official residence of the Warden of the Cinque Ports; it has attractive gardens and links to the Duke of Wellington & the Queen Mother.

Price covers guiding and local transport; it does not cover rail fares, meals, Cathedral entry charges or Walmer Castle.

* I could show you St Martin's Church and/or St Augustine's Abbey (limited opening days)

The White Cliffs of Dover

 

Day Out - Canterbury, and Dover Castle: £280 - same price for any number up to maximum of 6
If you are staying in London, call us to arrange an Escorted Day Out to Canterbury and Dover Castle. Take the 8.40 a.m. High Speed Train out of London St Pancras - a journey of only 1 hour: I will meet you at Canterbury West station at 9.40 a.m. We will do a 2 hour Introduction to Canterbury walking tour outlining the city's history, showing you its main sights, and taking in a number of interesting locations which many visitors do not get to (medieval walls, castle ruins, river, monastery ruins)- as well as a coffee break! We've an hour free for you to visit the Cathedral (NB Private Guides cannot give tours of the Cathedral itself as their tours are only given by volunteer guides; I will cover the history and architecture of the Cathedral during my walking tour). Then we head off by car for lunch in a 14th-century country pub [option: Canterbury café instead], followed by an afternoon visit to Dover Castle - from the Castle the cliffs of France are visible on clear days 22 miles away across the English Channel. Built in the 1180's during Henry II's reign, Dover is one of the best preserved castles in England. I will give you a private guided tour of the castle keep (main tower - restored in 2009 to its 1180's appearance), walls, and medieval siege tunnels. There is an option of taking the official tour of the tunnels under the White Cliffs used for military operations during World War II. I will drop you back in Canterbury by around 6 p.m. - you can then return to London by train, or spend the evening in the city before a later return.

Price covers guiding and local transport; it does not cover rail fares, meals, Cathedral entry charges or Dover Castle.

The main steps of Henry II's Keep at Dover Castle

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