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The Canterbury Tales and Westgate Towers!

The Canterbury Tales has now partnered up with the Westgate Towers! Giving you the opportunity to explore more of Canterbury’s medieval history for less


The newly re-opened Westgate towers is a medieval gatehouse approximately 60 foot (18m) high and is the largest surviving city gate in England. Built of Kentish ragstone c1380, it is the last surviving of Canterbury's 7 medieval gates, one of Canterbury's iconic landmarks. The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed. Visitors can explore its rich history and take in the spectacular views of the city from the battlements viewpoint. Also, part of the museum are the original felons' cells built c1830 in the gaol extension and the c1907 police station cells on the ground floor as part of The Pound Bar & Kitchen. Look out for the black 'History Discs' located on all floors which give more information on the former uses of each space over the years.

Joint ticket prices are as follows:

£10.95 Adult

£9.95 Student

 £6.95 Child (5-15)

Visitors save on both attractions by purchasing a joint ticket! You can book the joint ticket either online at: ,at the Canterbury Tales Summer Street Stall in the High Street or directly at the Westgate Towers. Guests book a tour time for the Canterbury Tales experience and can visit the Westgate Towers at any time between 11am and 4pm on your chosen date.

Please note the Westgate Towers is not wheel chair accessible due to the historic nature of the building.

The Canterbury Tales becomes a Learning Destination!

We have some exciting news that we would like to share with you.


The Canterbury Tales Vistor Attraction has recently become an approved “Public Learning Destination” for Kent Children’s University™.  This means that were are authorised to issue Learning Credits in participating children’s Passports to Learning.

We will be accepting passport holders to recieve learning credits from the Canterbury Tales from the 1st July 2015 and will be offering passport holders and their accompanying adult £1 OFF entry to our attraction.

We are so proud of this partnership as the Validation process shows that our methods for inspiring and education children and young people meets with the Quality Assurance process of National Children’s University™ Trust.

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What is Kent Children’s University™?

Kent Children’s University™ (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5 to 14 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day.  They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.


How does CU work?

The Children’s University (CU) is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours.  Once registered through a school or direct through the local CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations.”   Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning.


Once children achieve a fixed number of Learning Credits, they will have the opportunity to have their successes celebrated at a very special Graduation Ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or The University of Canterbury.


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- Free activities for kids of all ages! -

Award-winning attraction The Canterbury Tales is offering free activities for youngsters of all ages* as part of the cathedral city’s Magna Carta celebrations this month.


The attraction is also offering 50% off its standard tours for families taking part in the Magna Carta Family Trail, which runs on Saturday June 13, from 10am to 5pm.

The Canterbury Tales garden is one of six locations supporting the event. Visit all six and collect a special seal at each venue to claim a free chocolate medal from the Cathedral Shop at the end of the trail.

Along the way, meet colourful characters from the Magna Carta story and enjoy free, fun, hands-on activities!

In The Canterbury Tales garden youngsters can make lavender bags and also meet the characters Norman the Fuller, a baker’s wife and a female shoemaker.

Canterbury Tales General Manager Lyndsay Ridley says: “The Magna Carta is one of the world’s greatest agreements. Canterbury played a significant part in the making of this historical document – the first imposed upon a King of England by his subjects – so we’re delighted to be playing our part in celebrating what was an integral part of medieval history.”

To take part in the trail and get free entry for children*, simply present the Magna Carta Family Trail leaflet at each participating location. You can pick up the leaflet at The Canterbury Tales or any of the other participating venues – Canterbury Cathedral, Westgate Towers, The Beaney, Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Eastbridge Hospital.


Or you can go to, click through to the Magna Carta Family Activity Day and download. You will also find details of other activities taking place on the day throughout the city.

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.


Admission prices: £8.95 adults, £6.95 children (aged 5-15), and £7.95 concessions. Opening times: 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.

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