What you'll do
We’ll meet the Old Buttermarket, right in the heart of Canterbury for a quick introduction and a look at the Christ Church Gate. From there, we’ll go past Café Chambers, which, as an American, is a highlight for me, but I’ll save my explanation for the tour! From there, we’ll head along the King’s Mile, which is known for quirky, charming sites like the crooked bookshop. Continuing on, we’ll cross the River Stour, taking the Riverwalk toward Westgate Tower. Along the way, I’ll share some fun facts about Canterbury’s weird and wonderful history, and after, we’ll stroll through the breathtaking Westgate Gardens! Next, we’ll head to the high street to see Canterbury’s leading Instagram post, the Old Weavers. Just across the street then is the Eastbridge Hospital, a 12th-century home for pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, and your admission will be covered! Across the street, we’ll stop off at the Geoffrey Chaucer statue for a photo opportunity and a bit of trivia about the author. Lastly, I’ll leave you at the Beaney House of Arts and Knowledge, whose exhibits offer a little something for everyone. Plus, free toilets and cheap tea and coffee…what more could you ask for?
In the states, I spent nearly a decade working as a tour guide at a Native American museum as well as a primary school teacher, so I'll be prepared with maps and handouts to suggest other activities, and for younger visitors, I'll have a scavenger hunt! As a PhD student at one of the local universities (and somewhat of a tourist myself!), I've not only learned a great deal about Kent's history, I also know a few hidden gems and all the best photo opportunities in town! I'm also familiar with German, French, and Spanish, so language barriers shouldn't be an issue!
Eastbridge Hospital Admission will be completely covered by me!
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Where you'll be
As an international student, I'm 50% local and 50% tourist, so my tour aims to give you the best of both worlds! During the tour, I'll provide details on local architecture, history and culture. I promise not to skimp on offering up insider knowledge and to show you Canterbury's best Instagram shots!
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Accessibility should not be an issue, but do let me know if you have any concerns beforehand, and I'll be sure to adapt the itinerary as needed!
I'll have bottled water and plasters for any weary travelers! It is recommended that you choose comfortable footwear and perhaps an umbrella, as we are in England, after all!
Meandering Through Medieval Canterbury
£10 / person
£10 / person