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The Canterbury Tales

St. Margarets Street, Canterbury CT1 2TG, England
+44 1227 696002
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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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  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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St. Margarets Street, Canterbury CT1 2TG, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wanted to do something different and it was beginning to rain, so we went to see the Canterbury Tales, not having read the book since shool, it was an enjoyable and memorable tour, with a very good/funny guide, the staff were friendly and helpful, the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth spending the time at when you're in Canterbury. Walkaround venue that immerses you in the Canterbury Tales - with added smells as well! Good story telling - not necessarily for young children though!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found this location by accident strolling around the city during a business trip. The last tour was coming up and it was just me. So I did this in my own and loved it. Absolutely worth it and really liked the active tour guides,...More

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for leaveing a 5* review! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, and pleased you enjoyed the live acting element as well.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited at the beginning of my first year of uni back in 2015, I decided to take a few friends who hadn't been before as part of a series of "farewell canterbury" trips we're doing before we graduate. All of the staff were fantastic,...More

Thank Storm G
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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely 5* review! We're so glad you all enjoyed your visit, we'll be sure to pass the message onto Odo! Thank you for visiting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The group of people in there are super friendly, very knowledgeable about their stuff and the venue decorations in there very well made. You spend around 40min in here.

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5* review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and found the attraction to be a friendly environment.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The actors are enthusiastic and play their parts well. They seemed well informed as to the history. The experience is amusing, informative and good value. We enjoyed ourselves. Children would like it too.

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you taking the time to leave a review, we're always pleased to hear when guests have enjoyed their experience! That's brilliant that you found your experience informative, but fun at the same time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked on line and arrived we where given a small introduction on how to use the personal guide machines, then introduced to the actor, and then started our tour. The actor left us after about 5 minutes and we followed the route being guided...More

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are disappointed to hear you didn't feel the attraction met your expectations. If you do have any further feedback, please get in touch: info@canterburytales.org.uk.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Presentation and models seem a bit dated compared with similar tourist attractions of this nature. Good introduction to some of Chaucer's tales though. Enthusiastic staff.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an overpriced rip off this is & doesn't do what it says. Didn't feel we went back in time & the only sights & smells from the supposed medival England came from the dirty musty room full of old mannequins. To be fair to...More

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we're disappointed to read that you had a negative experience. If you do and any further thoughts please do get in touch with info@canterburytales.org.uk.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I used to live in Canterbury but never did the Tales, so on a recent day trip here I booked us in for old times sake. Didn't know what to expect but was very pleased we bothered! The staff were all lovely and those who...More

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CanterburyT, Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5* review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the experience and met your expectations.

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