Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat

I found out today that luxury accommodation providers Darwin Escapes have set up a new retreat in Canterbury, the Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat. This provides a similar offer to the highly successful Bath Mill Lodge Retreat in Somerset (near where I grew up!), which has won 5 star status since opening as well as receiving a wide range of awards. This could prove a great option for those seeking luxury accommodation in the Canterbury area but who do not want to reside in the city centre during their visit. I am very much looking forward to how it works out!

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Chilling Tales

For the first time ever, in the 2016 Season Canterbury Historic River Tours hosted a Halloween Event! Chilling Tales aimed to offer something a bit different for Halloween, dismissing the usual fayre of cheesy jump scares for a more spine tingling show of storytelling, focusing on the dark and gruesome aspects of Canterbury’s past and local folklore.

It was no mean feat to organise, since it was decided that the company would not market any product we did not have total confidence in. After a lot of development, we had the product but did not have much time to put it all together. Nonetheless the hard work and team spirit of the boatmen prevailed and not only were the three nights a complete success, but Chilling Tales completely sold out! Feedback on the night was excellent, and all seemed to have an excellent time. A massive thank you must go to the Old Buttermarket Pub, who kindly supported the offer with a free pint of cask ale for those booking.

Don’t worry if you missed Chilling Tales this year; the event proved so successful that it is set to become a regular fixture of the River Tours Calendar, and we are really looking forward to taking it to the next level in Season 2017!

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Canterbury Historic River Tours Shortlisted for LTG awards 2017

Continuing the companies’ incredible run of success over the last two years, we have recently been shortlisted as a potential winner in the Luxury Travel Guide Holiday and Tour Specialist Awards. The judging panel will be considering such areas as Service Excellence, local knowledge, online visibility, marketing branding and employee satisfaction. We were nominated based on the votes of the readership of the Luxury Travel Guide, which includes over 500000 subscribers from around the world. This is a great achievement for us, considering that we are a small company in competition with some true giants of British Tourism. We are very proud indeed to be included in such fine company!

Wish us luck in the final judging!

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Celebrating Leaders in English Tourism

Canterbury Historic River Tours is a finalist in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence!


VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2016 with Canterbury Historic River Tours named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Award ceremony on Tuesday 8 March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, during English Tourism Week.

Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry. Canterbury Historic River Tours, announced as a finalist today, represents one of the top five in ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ in England. All finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award and Canterbury Historic River Tours must wait until the Awards ceremony to discover which award they will receive.

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland.  “We received over 400 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are a representatives of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck on Awards night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.”

Speaking on behalf of Canterbury Historic River Tours, Managing Director Carey Miles said “We are delighted & humbled to announce to all our friends, that following on from our 2015 success of being Finalists of “The Beautiful South Tourism Awards, and and also Finalists of the Group Travel Awards, we have now been placed by the pinnacle of English Tourism, Visit England, as Finalist in the 2016 National awards! We are among 4 other worthy finalists and will find out our position on the 8th March at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens!

This is the proudest moment in the Company’s 84 year History and I thank all my staff both past and present for their passion in the company throughout this time!”

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Flying the Flag for Canterbury and Kent

3 December 2015

Canterbury Historic River Tours crowned cream of the crop at The Beautiful South Awards

Canterbury Historic River Tours has been awarded a coveted Bronze in the category of Tourism Experience of the Year at the Beautiful South Awards 2015. Held at the iconic Grand Brighton Hotel last night, the presentation evening celebrated the fantastic visitor experiences available across the South and South East of England.

Established over 20 years ago, the Beautiful South Awards reward excellence, quality, innovation and customer service. As a recipient of this prestigious accolade Canterbury Historic River Tours is now invited to champion the South East at the national VisitEngland awards in 2016.

Commenting on the awards, Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East said, “It was a fantastic evening at the Grand Hotel and a real privilege to be in the company of so many dedicated and passionate tourism businesses. The excellent quality of facilities, service and approach makes our role of promoting the South East so much easier and is one of the main reasons why we are one of the most popular UK tourist regions outside London.”

Carey Miles of Canterbury Historic River Tours added, “We’re incredibly proud to be flying the flag for Canterbury and Kent in achieving this fantastic accolade. It is a great tribute to the hard work of our staff and the commitment to excellence they show in setting this very high standard. A big congratulations to all the other winners on the night!”

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Visit Canterbury – great for adults, families & kids

Canterbury a City of History, Culture and Inspiration

Virginia Woolfe (1904)
“There is no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury”

Canterbury Cathedral

The City of Canterbury, in the heart of Kent, the garden of England, has been attracting visitors and pilgims with its cobbled streets and timeless beauty for centuries.  Boasting the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan city with nearby coast and countryside, medieval Canterbury offers something to satisfy every interest with visitor attractions welcoming all. Continue reading

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