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The Hidden City of Canterbury

Canterbury, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by John

2 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Tour is based on the History of the City, and its architecture it also covers several aspects of English Language, and the origins of phrases we take for granted. The duration is around 2 hours, and it's a gentle walking pace around the city. Canterbury's history stretched back over the millennia, from pre-Roman settlement to the present day city bustling with visitors, students, and locals alike. The footsteps of Pilgrims, and parsons, are etched into its fabric and the tour takes you in their footsteps. The tour is fully accessible for anyone in a wheelchair or with mobility issues, which given my work with the elderly I feel it's important to be inclusive. You will not find this tour in any guide book. All content is exclusive to this tour.
Please note under 14 Year-olds will be admitted 'free of charge', but must be accompanied by a full paying adult, unaccompanied children will not be admitted.
Re Parking and transport questions please use the online messenger and I can help with where to park, walking directions, bus routes and or rail routes. I am only a message away and ready to help answer any questions you may have.
The Meeting Point is right by the Canterbury Christchurch Gate, signposted from all over the city, no more than 10 minutes walk from all the car parks and the city stations.
Other things to note
As it's a walking tour, on city streets, just be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to dress for the English Climate, i.e. on a sunny day bring an umbrella, just in case. If you are suffering from suspected Covid19 symptoms please let the host know, and we will issue full refund.
The Tour is based on the History of the City, and its architecture it also covers several aspects of English Language, and the origins of phrases we take for granted. The duration is around 2 hours, and it's a gentle walking pace around the city. Canterbury's history stretched back over the millennia, from pre-Roman settlement to the present day city bustling with visitors, students, and locals alike. The footsteps of Pilgrims, and parsons, are e…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    The Tour lasts around 2 hours, and is a great way to see the city
  • Equipment
    Face Masks will be provided. NOTE: If you are suffering from suspected Covi...
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Thu, 22 Apr
£18 per person
£18 per person
Fri, 23 Apr
£18 per person
£18 per person
Fri, 23 Apr
£18 per person
£18 per person

Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I have been conducting both day and night time tours in the city of Canterbury since 1991, although my background is in Hotel Management, my ethos is always about putting my clients first. I am a writer and producer, and also volunteer for the Blind and Older people, to help them with everyday life. I live within a mile of the city centre and can offer tours at short notice, so if you're staying and need to book me just call me and I'll be there.
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Where you'll be

Canterbury's history stretches back over the millenia, from pre-roman settlement to the present day city bustling with visitors, students, and locals alike. The footsteps of Pilgrims, and parsons, are etched into its fabric and the tour takes you in their footsteps. Starting in the Buttermarket, we trace the name of the city of Canterbury, and its place in English History, from St Augustine's arrival in 597 to the Saxon Churches, and the Normans.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 218 reviews.

Alison
April 2021
We had the most wonderful experience with John as our guide, delving into the hidden mysteries of Canterbury. We got far more than the usual tourist repertoire and John blew our minds with his depth of knowledge, his storytelling, his engaging wit and unique character. His style of presentation was funny, quirky and highly entertaining. He took the time to get to know us and went above and beyond to personalise the tour with thing we would find interesting. We believe we found a national treasure in John and cannot recommend him highly enough. P.S. Ask John to tell you the story about his spiderweb hat!
We had the most wonderful experience with John as our guide, delving into the hidden mysteries of Canterbury. We got far more than the usual tourist repertoire and John blew our…
Dawn
April 2021
Our family of five (plus dog) had a private tour with John today. He’s a font of knowledge with fascinating stories and not just about the history of Canterbury but also linguistics and amusing tales. We learnt a lot and left wanting to know more. A beautiful city with an interesting history.
Our family of five (plus dog) had a private tour with John today. He’s a font of knowledge with fascinating stories and not just about the history of Canterbury but also linguistic…
Rodrigo
December 2020
Simply put, the tour was amazing! We recently moved to Canterbury and our goal was to have a bit more insights about or city, John managed to not only provide it but to surpass our expectations. The way he delivered the information, the attention to details and random historical fun facts about the locations he was showing made the tour truly amazing.
Simply put, the tour was amazing! We recently moved to Canterbury and our goal was to have a bit more insights about or city, John managed to not only provide it but to surpass our…
Caroline
October 2020
A fascinating tour of Canterbury . John was a fountain of knowledge which made Canterbury really come alive. It gave great insight into what Canterbury was like 100’s of years ago
Christian
October 2020
John managed to keep three young children (and 2 adults) spellbound with stories and facts during a cold, rainy, windy walk in Canterbury for a full two hours. Who would have known so much history would seep out of a small side road here, or a doorway there. A wonderful way to walk through centuries of history in a few hours.
John managed to keep three young children (and 2 adults) spellbound with stories and facts during a cold, rainy, windy walk in Canterbury for a full two hours. Who would have known…
Judith
October 2020
This was an amazing experience. We feel that we learned so much, not just about Canterbury but about English history. Really enjoyed this lovely introduction to a beautiful place. It was also really helpful to get our bearings and we can now enjoy Canterbury with fresh eyes.
This was an amazing experience. We feel that we learned so much, not just about Canterbury but about English history. Really enjoyed this lovely introduction to a beautiful place.…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.