The Canterbury Tales
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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).
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  • KentEnglandLife
    Chatham, United Kingdom2,659 contributions
    Now Closed
    Now Closed. Enjoyed my visit here, staff are great and really put everything into their act. It's a shame these kind of attractions seem to have a limited time like Chatham's Dickens World, once many people have seen it they don't tend to return hence lower ticket sales as the years pass. I thought this did well getting 35 years and being a well visited city not only locals but students and tourists often came here. Well it's a shame I enjoyed it and some people mentioned the cost but I think the price was the average for this kind of attraction.
    Written January 3, 2022
  • Ememn
    Kent, United Kingdom59 contributions
    A wonderful live theatre experience that immerses you in Kent’s history and prosr
    The stories and sets are immersive down to the colour, lighting and the smells of history... it’s a lovely experience to appreciate, if you give it a chance! Chaucer’s work on the Canterbury Tales is world famous and studied to this very day in literature, and this attraction in Canterbury has brought that ancient literature that influenced hundreds throughout our history to life for 35 years. The staff are always very helpful and there is a great range of languages for audio guides, including automatic English audio guides as you go around. The actors are enthusiastic and great for the kids. The gift shop is full of cute and interesting little history Knick knacks that both I and the kids loved. I recommend it and wouldn’t want Canterbury to be without it.
    Traveled with family
    Written May 14, 2020
  • Damien_Collindale
    Austin, Texas97 contributions
    Cute.
    My girlfriend and I visited here last week, for the first 10 minutes going around, I was thinking to myself that I had made a mistake. But soon I started to enjoy it and the stories was cute and entertaining. Its worth a visit, although it is HUGELY overpriced, the reason for a lowered score.
    Written March 11, 2006
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LoftusroadRunner
Doha, Qatar447 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Thought it was a bit of old tosh really, and not worth the money. Just lead around a series of rooms with a sound recording going off. All instantly forgettable.

If you don’t go, you won’t miss anything and will save £11 or however much it was!
Written January 14, 2020
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Iris C
Boyle, Ireland199 contributions
Oct 2019
A fun way to spend an hour or so to hear some of Chaucers tales. Good value for your money. Would recommend this.
Written October 6, 2019
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Thank you so much for your 5* review! I'm so pleased to read you enjoyed yourselves.
Written October 29, 2019
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alisonclarke110
Gravesend, UK32 contributions
Oct 2019
I visited with a group of people yesterday, can't praise the staff enough, they were bombarded with questions and managed to answer most of them well.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the stories.
The length of the tour was just right too and really interesting.
Excellent all round
Written October 20, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review; I am delighted that you really enjoyed your visit to us and very much hope to see you again soon!
Written October 29, 2019
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BJonesBaza
Wales36 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
Not what we expected.

We have visited the Jorvik Centre in York and expected this to be on a par, unfortunately it was not.

The visitor walks through various stages where dummies depicting the 'Tales' are positioned and an explanation of each given.

Lasts about 40 minutes.
Written August 8, 2011
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Luca p
55 contributions
Meredith was great, helpful and very good performer. The scenery are very nice and gift shop well equipped. Thanks for the nice time.
Written October 6, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review; I am delighted that you really enjoyed your visit to us and very much hope to see you again soon!
Written October 29, 2019
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Katherine B
Whitfield, UK34 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Arriving at 4:30 my mother and I were the last tour of the day and got to experience it without any other visitors which was a bonus.

You get what you pay for really: friendly staff, facts and a tour.

The rooms were very well set up and the tour guide ( particularly at the end) was competent, well rehearsed and knowledgeable.

A tour lasts 40 mins so it is quite quick!

The gift shop at the end was very quaint. They could do with a cafe though:)
Written September 22, 2019
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Thank you for your brilliant review, it is wonderful to read that you has such a great visit to us and found that you gained lots of insight. You have been very lucky with a tour on your own! I am also particularly please that you found the staff so friendly; we are particularly proud of our staff and feel they really make the experience!
Written October 29, 2019
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Fiona S
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Solo
Excellent event. This was a second visit and noticed many details I had previously overlooked. The guide was entertaining as well as informative and the ale tasting was a bonus. Would highly recommend to real ale enthusiasts.
Written September 21, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review; I am delighted that you really enjoyed The Canterbury Ales Event, follow our social media channels to keep in the loop on future events!
Written October 29, 2019
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Tracey C
Waterloo, Canada28 contributions
Sep 2019
What a great introduction to the Canterbury Tales. We had our 18, 15 and 11 year old children with us. We were thoroughly entertained and given a great introduction to the famous stories. It is light and fun. The presenters were enthusiastic and the stories short and to the point. If you know nothing about the Tales, this is a perfect place to start. It also gave a perfect historical context to the town. I would not miss it!
Written September 16, 2019
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Thank you so much for your 5* review! I'm so pleased to read you enjoyed yourselves
Written October 29, 2019
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RobandJanA
RobandJanA24 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
It is glorious. We loved it and haven’t laughed so much for ages. This attraction has the wonderful, quaint cr*pness that only British attractions can have. We chose Saturday afternoon in peak season and were worried that it would be very busy. We needn’t have been concerned as it was completely deserted the whole time we were there and there was a staff to visitor ratio of 5:2 (the five staff were all lovely mind). This attraction is perfect if you have an overdeveloped sense of humour and/or irony and don’t mind paying £10 for 40 minutes of “is this for real?” The comedy began when the chap introducing us to the attraction spent five minutes explaining how the audio guide worked, having prefaced it with “the audio guide just works, you don’t have to do anything”, and then he explained it all over again - even though there was nothing to explain. Fabulous!

Once you are in, It has the appearance of not being updated for a while and is all the better for it. Not for the Canterbury Tales the clumsy animatronics of the 1970s - no, no, this appears to predate that comfortably and benefits from the clever use of plastic moulding, wooden cutouts, pulleys and spotlights. I studied the Canterbury tales at O-level 35 years ago and it was heartening to think that I could still remember more about it than the two actors paid to tell me about it! As a suggestion I think you need to explain a little bit more about the book, the pilgrimage, its context and intent, otherwise it’s all a bit comedy-surreal. Perhaps the girl showing us around forgot that chunk of text? Presumably she was marked down by the chap following us around surreptitiously with a medieval clipboard and biro. Anyway - whatever - it was quite marvellous. “Wake up Harry!”
Written June 19, 2018
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Thank you for your 5* review! We're glad you enjoyed the experience so much, and we appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback- we always value our guests feedback.
Written July 11, 2018
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Colin U
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK66 contributions
May 2018
I visited the Canterbury Tales experience with a group of friends on a coach trip to Canterbury and although the staff tried to make the visit interesting I thought the exhibition rather dated, and not good value.
Written May 10, 2018
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