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Re-Discover the Canterbury Tales

REDISCOVER THE CANTERBURY TALES

-£20,000 investment signals new era for one of Kent’s best-loved
visitor attractions-

The award-winning Canterbury Tales visitor attraction has been revitalised thanks to a £20,000 refurbishment programme.

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The popular attraction, which has welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, has undergone a major refurbishment over the winter to ensure it retains its proud position as one of the jewels in the crown of the tourism sector in Canterbury.

Specialist set designers Evolution Productions have revitalised the sets inside the Tales, live guiding by costumed characters has been extended to cover more of the tour, access has been improved for wheelchair users, and new signage and leaflets have been produced to refresh the attraction’s appeal and branding.

Fresh from its refurbishment, The Canterbury Tales celebrates its readiness for the new season on Tuesday, 10 March, when the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Ann Taylor joins VIPs, representatives of the tourism sector in the city and other guests for an evening of medieval merriment to mark the re-launch.
General manager Lyndsay Ridley says: “Medieval minstrels and a jester will entertain our guests in the courtyard before they are invited to rediscover the Tales by taking a tour with our costumed characters.” 

The Canterbury Tales is enjoying a great start to 2015 – exciting new events are planned, the refurbishment is breathing new life into the St Margaret’s Street site and it has just been awarded a special ‘Welcome Accolade’ by VisitEngland, recognising the warm welcome and excellent customer service the attraction offers to visitors.

Lyndsay adds: “Each year, our costumed characters give a warm welcome to thousands of visitors and prepare them for their pilgrimage through the streets of medieval England. We are thrilled with the refurbishment, and also pleased that we were able to support Kent businesses by employing Sandwich-based Evolution and local builders and craftsmen to carry out the work.”

 

The Canterbury Tales brings to life five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery, vividly recreated with all the fun of his original tales. Its stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church, gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times. Join Chaucer’s band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn to Canterbury Cathedral.

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions. 

The Canterbury Tales receives accolade for warm welcome

The Canterbury Tales has been awarded a special ‘Welcome Accolade’ by VisitEngland, recognising the warm welcome and excellent customer service the attraction offers to visitors.

The accolade is one of several launched by the national tourist board last autumn as part of the Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme, of which The Canterbury Tales has been a member for 14 years. They are designed to recognise outstanding attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland.

General manager Lyndsay Ridley says: “Each year, our costumed characters give a warm welcome to thousands of visitors and prepare them for their pilgrimage through the streets of medieval England. We are thrilled that The Canterbury Tales has received VisitEngland’s Welcome Accolade and it’s great to have recognition from the national tourist board for all our hard work.”

The Canterbury Tales brings to life five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery, vividly recreated with all the fun of his original tales. Its stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church, gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times. Join Chaucer and his band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. Having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions.

Celebrate Valentine's

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE CANTERBURY TALES

-Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to connect St Valentine with romantic love-

Geoffrey Chaucer

 

There’s a very good reason why there’s no better place to celebrate St Valentine’s Day than at the award-winning Kent visitor attraction, The Canterbury Tales.

Medieval author and poet Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is best known for writing The Canterbury Tales, but it’s a little known fact that he all but ‘invented’ St Valentine’s Day when he made the first reference to Valentine’s Day as a holiday celebrating romantic love.

He did so in his poem Parlement of Foules, published in 1382, when he wrote:

“For this was on seynt Volantynys day

Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make”

“For this was on St Valentine’s Day

When every bird comes there to choose his mate”

By linking the day with romance, Chaucer was reflecting a belief in the Middle Ages that February 14 was the first day of the bird mating season, therefore it was an appropriate day for the young to express their love.

Now modern-day lovers can visit The Canterbury Tales on Saturday February 14 to watch a live performance of the Wife of Bath’s Tale, where they will discover what it is that ‘every woman most desires’ (at least according to Chaucer!). Visitors can also enjoy a glass of mead and learn its connections to the honeymoon story.

General manager Lyndsay Ridley says: “Love will definitely be in the air during this very special day at The Canterbury Tales.”

The Canterbury Tales brings to life five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery, vividly re-created with all the fun of his original tales. Its stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church, gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times. Join Chaucer and his band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. Having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions.

 

Admission prices are £8.95 adults, £6.95 children (aged 5-15), and £7.95 concessions. At certain times of year and for certain events, rates may vary.

 

Opening times: February: 10am-4.30pm; March-June: 10am-5pm; July-August: 9.30am-5pm; Sept-Oct: 10am-5pm; Nov-Dec: 10am-4.30pm.

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The Canterbury Tales
St. Margaret's Street,
Canterbury,
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CT1 2TG
Tel: 01227 479 227
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