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The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury

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#2 of 7 in Museums in Canterbury
Have Chaucer’s famous tales of medieval misadventures brought to life at The Canterbury Tales. Your adventure begins in the Tabarn Inn, where you will meet the first of your costumed guides and prepare for your pilgrimage. On your journey, be entertained by some of the most famous stories from The Canterbury Tales with the aid of an audio guide, and enjoy recreations of the sights and sounds of the 14th century. Your journey ends with the second guide at a replica of the shrine of St. Thomas Becket. As you leave, you will exit through the gift shop, where you can buy a copy of the book, some medieval-style mead, and other treats. Our Canterbury route planner makes visiting The Canterbury Tales and other Canterbury attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Never read any of the tales before so didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised at the different locations situated within the building where they told each tale  more »
  • Not as described. I expected live guides but out of 40 minutes there were just 2 young students dressed in period garb for 5 minutes in total. The second lost her place in the script. The 5 brief scen...  more »
  • A very tourist activities during which it manages to have a recreation of some of the Canterbury Tales. one way to go about half an hour in a leisurely manner. Luckily there is the audioguide in Italian while the introduction is in understandable English.
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  • Last visited 20 years ago - pleasing developments - a superb place for literary and social history fans. Good welcome and guides. Superb room sets and depiction of the story, suitable for all ages.
  • Very interesting. Lots of history to be learned. Great for kids. Many languages on audio tour available.
  • Gives a good insight to a couple of the Canterbury Tales, but no real depth. You have to follow a set route round, but the staff are very good and made the experience worthwhile. Would recommend booking as it can get very busy during school holidays.
  • Smallish attraction that combines prerecorded renditions of some of the tales with actors providing additional materials, all set on a recreation of a medieval city. Possibly a bit too dark for younger children and maybe a bit difficult for foreign visitors to understand unless their English is very good.
  • Too many stories to remember.not very disabled friendly..

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