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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. Plan to visit The Canterbury Tales during your Canterbury vacation using our convenient Canterbury vacation generator.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • Took my relatives from Canada on a day out to Canterbury and visited The Canterbury Tales. It was a fun place to visit, friendly and great atmosphere. It helps if you have read the books but if you haven't it's still an experience that everyone young and old will enjoy.
  • Canterbury Tales is not the place to visit if you're a real history fan. I've been twice and I can say with some conviction that it very much panders to tourism, it's romanticize, corny, and very commercialized. The roman museum not far from here is a much better choice. In short coming here for history is the equivalent of going to a Indian takeaway to learn about asian culture.
  • I thought it was a brilliant experience most enjoyable and the students involved took an amazing part. A unique and fun way to enjoy a part of out history.
  • We used some vouchers we had so didn't pay full price for this experience and thank goodness we didn't. We aren't tourists and have lived in the area for a few months so were interested to see the attraction to know if it was worth recommending to visitors. The staff were nice and did their best to bring the very lacklustre drab and tatty tableaux to life. Its hard to believe in this day and age that there couldn't be a slightly more animated interactive experience -using video/computerised images or something to bring the whole thing to life a bit more. At one stage I thought we were going to be taken into some old church or building of historical interest a back way and I thought 'oh at least it will have been worth the money' but no it was straight through to the gift shop. We were in there barely half an hour .Yes Chaucer's tales raise a chuckle but they aren't new to me and really I think the whole thing was a bit insulting to our intelligence. I've been to many more interesting historical attractions and feel they could do a whole lot better in making this an interesting and captivating experience.
  • Cute little adventures, aimed for the kids. Enjoyable if you are an adult as well.

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