Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located just 20 minutes from Concord, NH, 30 minutes from Manchester, NH and 75 minutes from Boston, Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc., is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village has 30 restored original Shaker buildings and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Canterbury Shaker Village offers tours, exhibits, special events, and more.
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  • Diana Y
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    Fabulous Tour of the Village
    I highly recommend visiting this site and taking a tour of the village. For a first time visitor, I recommend the General tour as it allows you to go into the buildings to learn more of the history of the Shakers and this particular site. Our tour guide Kevin was fantastic and extremely informative about the history of the Village. My husband and I also did the short hike around one of the millponds present on the property which was great! The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. We also had lunch there on the property as the museum shop with a nice variety of lunch items for purchase and picnic tables are available on site. We highly recommend a visit to this historic site and definitely arrange for one of the tours!!
    Written July 21, 2022
  • Susan R
    1 contribution
    We will be back
    We recently toured the Canterbury Shaker Village with Jim as our guide. I can’t say enough about his knowledge and enthusiasm. Our entire group of six thoroughly enjoyed the visit and have not stopped telling others about it. We already plan to return and take a different tour choice.
    This is wonderful, and we do hope to see you again. Thank you for sharing your experience.
    Written October 5, 2022
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    Written September 18, 2022
  • Jan D
    7 contributions
    Beautiful, peaceful place. Worth a visit
    We visited the Canterbury Shaker Community while staying at Conway. It was a long drive, but very pretty, and we stopped by the DeVydler Farm in Wolfeboro on the way and picked apples. The Shaker Community is a beautiful place and the history is interesting. Gail was our guide and she was fantastic. She was able to make us see how life was for the Shakers, and why this community would appeal to people. I did not know that the Shaker embraced technology and in fact invented many things to make the work easier. We enjoyed this peaceful day away from fall lead crowds and traffic. It was lovely.
    What a wonderful review, and it is exciting you discovered how innovative the Shakers really were. Thank you so much and visit us again!
    Written November 21, 2022
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2022
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Meredith S
Epsom, NH103 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We went in the morning on a weekday with small children ranging from 6 months to 6 years old. Unfortunately we soon found the property is not accessible for strollers or wheelchairs and though we could walk around we couldn't go in any of the buildings or learn anymore about the property or the people that live there beyond what is on the back of the map. There are no plaques outside the building and the only people who will talk to you about it are on the tours which are separate for the grounds and the buildings, at certain times, and $20 each tour and person. I have very fond memories of when I visited as a school child and toured the property but now I don't think it's worth it unless you have the budget to pay for a tour. I will say the view was very pretty but if you're in the mood to visit historic houses and have people in strollers or wheelchairs visit Strawberry Banke.
Written June 23, 2021
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Amber H
Boise, ID99 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a beautiful place to visit in the Fall! My husband and I paid for a walking tour and really enjoyed learning about the Shakers and their lifestyle. We were able to enter several buildings and learn about many interesting facts. We were slightly disappointed in the fact that our tour guild didn't know where most of the light switches were and we had to walk through many rooms in the buildings the dark. This made it very hard to navigate and almost impossible to take photos. We also had hoped to enter into more buildings since our tour only included a few. Our tour guild was very knowledgeable about we enjoyed the information she gave.
Written October 6, 2022
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I am so sorry we were not able to deliver the best possible tour experience for you. We will work to correct this in the future and hope you visit us again to literally see the difference. Thank you for your honest review.
Written October 13, 2022
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rjmartintx
Dallas, TX194 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Bill was a wonderful guide that really brings this visit to life. He had a true depth of knowledge about the Shaker history and is a great story teller as well! The buildings we visited each had stories of their own: the infirmary, school, power plant, laundry, meeting building, chapel, and on…. What a creative collection of people were these Shakers! Very inventive and industrious. By all means, drive out of your way a bit to visit this piece of history!
Written September 19, 2022
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We so appreciate your review. You are right. The Shakers were incredible inventive and industrious. Thank you so much again for the review.
Written October 5, 2022
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JC M
Sahuarita, AZ322 contributions
Sep 2021
The web site does not do this tour justice. We were wondering why the tour was so expensive (for the hour shown on the web site) and why no senior discount but free up to 26 yrs. old? Odd, but we went anyway. We did the inside tour. Half way through this tour we both agreed it was well worth the asking price and very, very informative about a culture that we knew nothing about. A young lady was our tour guide and she was very informative and was able to answer all the questions that anybody in our group asked. It was obvious that she really enjoyed her job and that made it even more interesting. We've taken tours all over the US (we're from Tucson) however, this was about the most surprising, informative and interesting tours that we've ever taken. The web site says it's a 1 hour tour however, ours was a 2 hour tour. The young lady that was our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge!
Written September 23, 2021
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Jeremy T
Derry, NH2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
An amazing experience for all ages. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. There were 2 shops operating on our visit, the print shop and broom making demonstration. Both presenters were very entertaining and enjoyable, with a wealth of knowledge and understanding that gave huge insight to the lives of the Shaker community. Finally, our guided tour was a true delight. Our tour guide, Kevin, did a wonderful job highlighting the innovations and inventions of the Shaker community. I would take his tour again any day. Altogether, there is no better way to spend a summer day in New Hampshire then a visit to Canterbury Shaker Village
Written July 10, 2022
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340Lisa999
New York City, NY12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Fascinating history lesson. Kevin was a fabulous, very informative, knowledgable guide. I did not know how innovative the Shakers were before his tour. The whole group was engaged for two hours. Plus it is in a beautiful place- Canterbury NH. The art gallery had an exhibition of “word” paintings and sculptures inspired by historical figures by well known artist Leslie Dill. A great way to spend a few hours!
Written August 12, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experiences. yes, our exhibit was amazing this year, too. Visit us again this fall or next year. We would love to see you back. Thank you again.
Written October 5, 2022
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michelle m
Fitchburg, MA1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
We took a lovely tour (hour and a half) through many of the buildings in the village. I've been to a couple of the other shaker villages but our friendly guide Joanne had a lot of fun and interesting facts and answered all our questions. We even got to learn a quick shaker dance.
They also had an exhibition on Shaker furniture and a short movie. Nice gift shop and a small selection of lunches and drinks to purchase. And locally made dessert.
Written August 19, 2022
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We are so happy to hear you had a great time. We also thank you for sharing your experience. Nothing beats a great dessert to top off a fun day, right? Thank you again.
Written October 5, 2022
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Marcia D
Pittsburgh, PA13 contributions
Oct 2021
My cousin and I went to Canterbury Shaker Village on October 11, 2021. They normally don’t do guided tours on Mondays, but they did offer one for the holiday. The property is beautiful. I really enjoyed learning more about the Shakers. Our tour guide was very knowledgable.

Different tours are offered on different days, so if you visit, make sure you check out what tours are on what days. I would love to return for the Innovations and Inventions tour. If you have time, set aside the day for your visit since it’s nice to stroll around the village after your tour.

I would highly recommend visiting Canterbury Shaker Village.
Written October 12, 2021
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Michael I
6 contributions
Sep 2022
My wife and I recently spent the day at Canterbury Shaker Village. It was the highlight of our 10 day trip to New Hampshire. We took the guided tour and saw much of the grounds including the insides of a few buildings. Our Tour Guide, Kevin was amazing, informative and funny. He told us much about the Shaker tenets and beliefs and shared the fascinating history of this unique community. The grounds are beautiful. The history is fascinating. There is a sense that something very special is being preserved. My wife and I enjoyed our time there very much.
Written September 19, 2022
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We are honored that you included the Village on your trip to New Hampshire. We hope you can visit us again. Thank you for your review. We appreciate it so much.
Written October 5, 2022
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Sheryl P
Beltsville, MD306 contributions
Jun 2021
What an interesting tour of a culture about which we knew little.

It's probably not worthwhile to visit with children unless you take a tour, because although the pamphlet is helpful in explaining the outsides of the buildings, you won't be able to see anything inside the buildings without a tour guide.

Our tour guide was wonderful. We took the "Shaker Stories" tour at 1 PM on 6/30/21.
Written June 30, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM