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“a fun way to learn”

The Canterbury Tales
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The Canterbury Tales: Standard Day Entry
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$751.39*
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Private Shore Excursion: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and White Cliffs...
Ranked #10 of 110 things to do in Canterbury
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 19, 2013

nothing to dislike ,the canterbury story is told with humour . a great way for us all to learn the staff are fun and its not to dear.

Thank john o
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Steve B, General Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Many thanks for your honest review - pleased you enjoyed your visit, and always nice to hear good feedback about our staff.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was a good mediaeval experience! It was interesting to be taken back with sights and smells that were true to the period and I actually think it is well done - of course if your taste runs to Mario Brothers and Star Wars then it would seem alien indeed.

The audio tour was explained well by the guide but I think it may have missed the point with the group of French students who followed us, they had no idea that they were following a story and would have instructions to move on (perhaps such groups could have a guide?). It was lovely to have actors in the first and last scenes but the first scene is confusing because the actor moves into role whilst the audio is still going (perhaps a bit of scripting to suggest that one doesnt need to listen to the audio at the very beginning).

It has made me more interested in revisiting the book!

Thank Backpackinggranny
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Steve B, General Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Many thanks for your review, and for raising some issues for us to consider, much appreciated.
I do hope you enjoy re-reading the tales.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Visiting Canterbury and taken here with friends , interesting stories but think it would benefit from live guides rather than a hand held audio guide , also props outdated on some parts of tour felt like I was on shooting range with these bits of wood with faces on popping up

Thank Muttface S
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Steve B, General Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your review. We have introduced live guides for the start and end of the tour, but due to the large numbers of overseas visitors we welcome each year, felt it necessary to continue with the audio guides too, so that all guests are catered for. However, we do recognise that the actors add an excellent dimension to the experience, and with this in mind, aim to introduce some special fully guided evening tours in the summer.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

At the beginning of the tour an actor talks to you. The first one was quite good and tried to make it easier for my daughter who doesn't understand much English. But the second one just said what he had learned by rote and off he went. The setting is throughout the tour very dark and the life-size dolls look a bit scary for children. I wouldn't go there with children who aren't 10 yet.

Thank Beaver B
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Steve B, General Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your review - we have only recently introduced the live guides - and at this stage, just for part of the tour, as we are proud to welcome guests from many countries and appreciate that English may not be the first language. If the guides continue to be well received, perhaps we can look into recruiting some foreign language speaking guides.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Took the adio tour and we could have it in Dutch. More a childrens thing. It smelled musty inside. In the beginning and in the end there was an actor/actrice who gave you some small act.

Thank J0rita
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Steve B, General Manager at The Canterbury Tales, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your review - we receive regular feedback from both adults & children alike, who have enjoyed the tour, and we still believe we are appropriate and entertaining for both audiences. In terms of the "musty" smell - this is something we actually add - as we aim to recrate an accurate construction of medieval England. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback.

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