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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$10.51*
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The Canterbury Tales: Standard Day Entry
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US$710.63*
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Private Shore Excursion: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and White Cliffs...

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History made interesting.

This is a great little place to visit. Educational and fun. You can take the children, it's atmospheric, but nothing jumps out at you to scare anyone. Gives you an insight intoThe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

History brought to life! An amazing little attraction whichs gives a fantastic insight into medieval england and some of canterburys rich heritage. All of the staff were super friendly and very entertaining - the gift shop is a must visit for any medieval lovers of mead!

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

This is absolutely terrible what a waste of money and an embarrassment to English heritage, its out dated, has poor access - just dreadful, and this is Canterbury's best tourist attraction.

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england
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little place to visit. Educational and fun. You can take the children, it's atmospheric, but nothing jumps out at you to scare anyone. Gives you an insight intoThe Canterbury Tales. I'd recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the high street, this attraction has very good story telling and is quite interesting. Good interaction with children and some medieval characters.

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Rayleigh, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff in character all the way through. When we went into the gift shop we were greeted with a little background on chaucer and a background on our own surnames as well as a tasting of mead. Very friendly.

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Chichester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the centre of town. A fun attraction. Great staff. Well done if a bit authentically smelly.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An expensive atraction that takes you back to the middle ages when pilgrims came from all over the Kingdom to see St Thomas Becket. If you like history this is the place to visit and the smells, figures and setting takes you back in time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

kids and adults love this attraction .... great story telling and lots to see .... would defintiely go again

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was fun and the staff did a great job making it fun, however, for the price you are paying for, I do not think it is worth it. It could be a little cheaper or make the tour a little longer.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This activity amounts to an inside "tour" of the road from London to Canterbury, a road that Chaucer took while writing his Canterbury Tales. We had a human guide and an audio device. The guide led us along the road and at each stop we used the audio to here the story of that part of the journey. The "journey"... More 

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