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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.

The Canterbury Tales
is a Continuum Heritage Attraction. Discover the hidden stories within famous historic cities at Continuum Heritage Attractions.

Continuum Attractions offer a host of cultural visitor attraction experiences across the UK, from the hallowed cobbles of Coronation Street to Edinburgh’s underground history told under the Royal Mile.

Christmas Gift Fair

Award-winning attraction The Canterbury Tales throws open its doors this month for its first ever Christmas Artisan Gift Fair – a special festive market with a medieval twist.

On November 29 and 30, shoppers will be able to enter the attraction free of charge and enjoy some mead and a mince pie at the famous Tabard Inn.

Kajulee Handcrafted Artisan Jewellery

They can then step back in time to the streets of 14th century England and purchase gifts from a host of Kent artisans such as Kajulee Handmade Jewellery, Mulberry Glass Art, MD Paint it Pottery, Noble Arts Pyography and many more. Other gifts on offer include hand-crafted wooden tableware and a range of fabric crafts made with traditional techniques such as felting, spinning and knitting.

The stalls will be set among the attraction’s vibrant tableaux, which depict five of Chaucer’s most famous stories. Visitors can also browse the attraction’s own gift shop and purchase medieval-themed gifts such as the Hall of Names; a must-have for those interested in family history. You can even pick up a copy of the new Monopoly: Canterbury Edition, which features The Canterbury Tales on its own square!

Entrance to the fair will be free and visitors will be given discount vouchers for a future visit to the attraction, so they can return with family and friends and experience The Canterbury Tales over Christmas and the New Year.

The attraction’s general manager, Lyndsay Ridley, says: “This is the first time that The Canterbury Tales has opened its doors to shoppers looking for quality Christmas gifts and it promises to be a unique experience. Our Christmas Artisan Gift Fair will showcase the best of local craft and design.”

The fair takes place between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the historic cathedral city and its famous literary connection within a stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church. The attraction is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.

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The Canterbury Tales
St. Margaret's Street,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT1 2TG
Tel: 01227 479 227
Fax: 01227 765 584
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