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The Canterbury Tales

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Address: St. Margarets Street, Canterbury CT1 2TG, England
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+44 1227 479227
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Travel with "Chaucer" and his band of pilgrims from the Tabard...

Travel with "Chaucer" and his band of pilgrims from the Tabard Inn in London to Canterbury Cathedral. Our costumed characters will introduce you to what is arguably the most famous collection of tales written in Medieval Britain. The handheld audio guide will then lead you through our stunning recreation of medieval England and lead you into five of Chaucer's most loved tales. These are tales of unrequited love, attempts at cheating death, bawdy infidelity and the chance to discover what every woman wants. . .Still as engaging for today's audiences as they were 600 years ago.

Laugh with us and learn with us! The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction is the only attraction in the UK dedicated to this famous piece of English literature and is an essential addition to any Canterbury itinerary.

Foreign language audio guides are available, as is a children's version (toning down the rather bawdy nature of the tales). This is also recommended for guests learning English. Under 5s are admitted free of charge but please be advised that children of a nervous disposition may find the low lighting and realistic models a little intimidating.

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US$10.27*
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The Canterbury Tales: Standard Day Entry
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US$694.53*
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Private Shore Excursion: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and White Cliffs...

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Fun touristy attraction!

Part audio guide, part real guide, this was a fun tour. It doesn't take much time, and you get to hear about Canterbury as it was when the tales were written. Plus you get to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Amanda C
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was such a laugh, you are guided with a story teller at the beginning to give you a sense of the period and what Kent was like to live in. Then its like walking around an animated little village full of tales and stories to listen to. It covers the pardoners tale and many other of the famous 'Canterbury... More 

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Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Part audio guide, part real guide, this was a fun tour. It doesn't take much time, and you get to hear about Canterbury as it was when the tales were written. Plus you get to hear some of the tales too!

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is really good for someone without any real knowledge of The Canterbury Tales. Our guide, Ralph, was really fun and took us on the informative adventure that is The Canterbury Tales. A must :)

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for all ages - amusing, light hearted pilgrimage with personal and audio guide. Taken around in small groups and this attraction can also cater for wheelchair users.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting atmospheric visitor attraction that takes you back to Chaucers Canterbury. Not Disney, more low key, but the smells transport you around the historic resurrected Church.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I did this tour just before Christmas 2016 during our first trip to Canterbury. It's worthwhile and a nice distraction for an hour or so. It was £9.95 for adults and it's certainly more suitable for older kids and adults than young children. It starts with an actor introducing the tour and then it is just an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're interested in the history of Canterbury, and specifically the Canterbury Tales this is worth a visit. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked it, as I found the website a bit vague on the actual activity. It takes about 45 minutes to complete and is basically a walking tour of scenes from the Canterbury Tales. There... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the tour with our 3 kids 3 and under and we all had a great time. The live actors were entertaining. The scenes in the various rooms were cheesy but the kids loved it. They got to dress up as knights (which they loved) and the actors made a point of praising them for protecting the group.

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Vicki L, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, I am delighted to read that you had such a lovely visit to us and that your 3 little knights successfully escorted the group through the attraction! It is so lovely to hear that you enjoyed the scenes and that the staff member really engaged with you and your family. We are very proud... More 

Kent
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My kids loved this - the elves were friendly, especially the one with freckles. Santa looked a little young and slim but we explained that with the fact that he's got a lot of mince pies to eat so needed to loose a few pounds first :-) Maybe a few medieval games and foods next year, and a reindeer, and... More 

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Vicki L, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review- I am so pleased to read that you and your children enjoyed the experience and that all the elves were friendly. I love your story about Father Christmas- it is certainly very sensible of him to prepare for the consumption of hundreds of mince pies in advance! Your ideas for next year are great-... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very poor value. Really only worth one third of the price. Rubbish Santa Rest of staff good Excessive secondary spend entrapment

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Vicki L, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I am so sorry to hear that your experience was not what you expected. I would really like to know more about your experience with us and see how we might be able to improve going forward. If you would like, please do email info@canterburytales.org.uk and I can discuss these issues with you. More 

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