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The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury

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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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  • It’s £10.95 per adult for 40 minutes. There are several rooms that tell 4 Canterbury tales. The displays are very dated, the presentation is basically projectors, mannequins, spot lights and a rotatin...  more »
  • I have always wanted to visit Canterbury because of The Canterbury Tales. When I've heard of this attraction I was bound to go. You get to experience the pilgrimage according to its descriptio in Chau...  more »
  • Very welcoming, actors really got into the spirit of things, the tour was brief (30mins) which was good. Tales were kept interesting with different movements from the set or lighting/video. A differen...  more »
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  • It's not as good as it used to be in the days you wore headphones instead of having a guide. It was hard to hear the audio over people talking and not knowing when it starts. I've brought Brownie groups and other children over the years and they were all fully engrossed (very hard to do!). I took my 8 year old nephew recently and he and the other adult with us got hardly anything out of it as they wasn't even aware the audio was playing most of the time. Also we had prebooked a time slot. We joined the line behind a school and others joined behind us. When we got to the front we was told the slot was full and we should not of joined the queue but come round the barrier to the front of the queue. How was we to know this? Staff had been past us several times and never said anything. We was told to come back in an hour and they would fit us in. I struggle to walk and stand and use crutches. So after standing in line, then having to kill an hour, it was a bit of a struggle going round. There is some seating but we found our group quickly went in front of us to get it so we was last and had to stand/lean. A big shame as I've been telling people how good it is for years but now would not go back. The gift shop has very few souvenirs of the place now too.
  • Very well done audio tour (child and adult versions) of five of Chaucers tales. Walking through does feel like a medieval simulator. Nice way to spend an hour in Canterbury.
  • If anyone in the family is studying the book then this is a must do. It is tastefully produced and the cast members are very believable. You follow a trail so there's lots to see and listen to as you go round. Really young children may be put off by the whole event is they are timid. I'm looking forward to doing it all again when I next go to Canterbury.
  • An excellent couple of hours to listen, laugh and learn about pilgrims and Chaucher. Interesting stories that even made me by the book
  • For the price we paid to get inside I must admit that I expected more! The tales were humorous but i had expected the experience to be more interactive. Listening to a dull voice on a handset just didn't cut it I'm afraid.
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