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The Canterbury Tales

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Address: St. Margarets Street, Canterbury CT1 2TG, England
Phone Number: +44 1227 479227
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Interesting experience, fun and informative.Staff great and played their roles well, although I felt entrance fee a little pricey.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went in here when it had an "Artisan Christmas Fair" on inside. Still haven't decided if this added to or detracted from the permanent display.

Thank Andy S
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an excellent place to visit. The staff were extremely helpful, advising people with disabilities even assisting with a wheelchair when necessary. The narration fitted the scene, and the whole experience was enlightening. I would recommend this attraction to anyone interested in history and Chaucer.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting experience, fun and informative.Staff great and played their roles well, although I felt entrance fee a little pricey.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with friends cos that's what you do in Canterbury. It's well worth it. The staff all enter into the spirit of it, and stay in character throughout. If you don't know anything about Chaucer and the Tales it's a good grounding and if you do it reminds you that it is fun tho your schooldays studies may have made... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a great fan of Chaucer when I was studying his Canterbury Tales for A level and so was keen to visit this attraction on our first visit to Canterbury. We were greeted by two friendly young people and my husband was able to take advantage of a senior's ticket. However, at about £18 for two people, this was... More 

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

A great place to visit. My 7 year old daughter loved it. And was not bored . They escort you round and tell you of the canterbury tale (chaucer) and the group is just the right amount of people

1 Thank Heath19672014
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hosted by actors introducing Chaucer's stories and characters, each story is set in a different room with the waxwork characters 'reciting' their story. Entertaining and with humour, we found it very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this during the Contagion Halloween exhibit. We are hardy travellers but all of us wet our pants after having to stick our hands into bags of severed limbs to find our personal "cure" for the black plague. Not for those with heart troubles!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

If you are young at heart and want to learn a little about Chaucer’s classic tales, the Canterbury Tales down the street from the Cathedral is a fun thing to do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Myself, a friend and our children visited the Canterbury Tales' 'Trick or Treat' Halloween event this week. It was just under £10 each for adults and our children were free as they're both under 5. I pre-booked my ticket online which was simple, however my friend had trouble booking hers and was told that the online booking system was down... More 

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