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Themed Tours

Looking for something different?

Are you looking for a special experience for your group or family party? Why not try one of our themed tours, or a longer tour to really get a feel for the city, or perhaps combining a guided tour with some locally-sourced food and drink? Check out some of our ideas below.

Many of our guides have in-depth knowledge of particular aspects of Canterbury and would be delighted to share these special interests with your group. Our themed walks are ideals for groups with a shared interest or school study programme.

Thomas Becket: Murder & Martyrdom

An in-depth exploration of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170, the then Archbishop of Canterbury. Hear his story and see many of the sights associated with the world shattering event.

Themed tours

The Mayflower 400

Uncover the Canterbury connections with the famous Mayflower ship which transported Pilgrims to the New World from England 400 years ago.

St Augustine

British Education System

Canterbury has a long history as a centre of learning from the medieval monastic period to the present day. This tour is the perfect way for teachers and students to become more informed about the English education system in a beautiful place.

Tudor House

Canterbury's Tudor Connections

Explore the Tudor story - what the city was like before and after the Reformation.

Buttermarket and War Memorial

War Time Canterbury

A city on the front line for 2,000 years

Eastbridge Hospital

History of Health

Immerse yourself in the horrible history of gruesome epidemics from the plague to leprosy. An insight into health, diseases, water and sanitation in medieval Canterbury

Norman Staircase

Hidden and Curious Canterbury

Have you lived in the Canterbury area for years? Let us show you some interesting things you may never have noticed

Huguenots Group Tour

Strangers in Canterbury

A walk focusing on the Walloon, Flemish, and Huguenot refugees who formed a significant part of Canterbury's late 16th and 17th century population.

Mercery Lane

Canterbury means Business

A look at how Canterbury's economic wellbeing has adapted and diversified over the centuries. Ideal for students doing Business and Economics


Royal Canterbury

Trace the royal connections - The Black Prince, Edward I, Henry IV, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, through to modern day royals.
Westgate Gardens

French Connections

William the Conqueror, Gothic architecture and the Huguenots.

One of our tour guides

St Mildred's - Gardens, Saints and Industry

Pleasure gardens, ancient churches and burial mounds, industry and ghosts.

Westgate Gardens

St Dunstan's - More to See

Discover Canterbury's Jewish Cemetery, the unfortunate tale of Sir Thomas More, the medieval Westgate Towers and beautiful gardens.


Gruesome Tales Tour

A gruesome walk through Canterbury's grisly past...including ghosts, punishments and murder. Not for the faint-hearted!

The Clangers

Literary Connections

From Chaucer, Dickens, and Marlowe, to creators of children's favourites including Rupert Bear, Bagpuss and The Clangers.

Please contact us if you would like a themed tour that is not listed above. All tours available in English, please check availability for themed tours in other languages.

Group Themed Tours are priced as follows for a 90-minute tour:

  • Adults: £11.00
  • Students/Concessions: £10.50
  • Child (5-11): £9.50
  • Minimum group charge of £110 applies
    (2023/4 prices)

Longer tours may incur an additional charge

To book a themed tour for your group, please contact us with your request.

Longer tours

Why not bring your group to Canterbury for an in-depth tour with one of our expert Guides? Longer tours can be arranged on a variety of topics including:
St Martin

Canterbury's World Heritage Sites

View Canterbury's trio of UNESCO World Heritage sites on this fascinating walking tour which will include a stop at England's oldest church and building, St Martin's*, the exterior of St Augustine's Abbey where the surviving medieval gates can be seen, plus a walk around the magnificent Cathedral precincts and cloisters.

Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours

*The inside may be viewed subject to opening & service hours

Please note this tour does not include entrance to St Augustine's or the Cathedral.

Price: £12.50 per person. Minimum charge £150.

City Walls

Half Day Canterbury

Book a private Guide to take your family or group to explore all of Canterbury's wonderful sights, too numerous to see on a standard 90-minute tour. Walk along the Roman walls, visit the Norman Castle, discover the beautiful Dane John and Westgate gardens. Plus of course view the magnificent Cathedral with a walk around the Precincts.

Duration: up to 4 hours

Please note this tour does not include entrance to any attractions, however our Guide may accompany you should you wish to book your own tickets.

Price: £12.50 per person. Minimum charge: £200

For more information or to book a Half Day or World Heritage Sites tour, please contact us.

Museum Tours

City Walks to include brief entry into one of Canterbury's museums, or a tour exclusively in a museum can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

We are happy to provide experienced guides to welcome your group on their arrival at the local ports of Dover and Folkestone, Canterbury Bus Station, Canterbury Coach Park and the East or West Railway Stations.

Cathedral Tours

Our daily city walks and pre-booked group tours feature entry to the Cathedral Precincts with a guided walk around the outside of Canterbury Cathedral included in the ticket price. However, guided tours of the interior of the Cathedral must be booked and paid for separately through the Cathedral Office. We regret we cannot book your Cathedral tour.
Cathedral Office details: Email: Tel: +44 (0)1227 762862

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Whether you are organising a group visit or just on holiday in the region, you can book your Canterbury walking tour online and save time on the day.

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