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Medieval costumed characters have been recruited to help mark the 25th anniversary of The Canterbury Tales, the award-winning visitor attraction in one of Britain’s most popular cathedral cities.
The larger-than-life performers are on hand to greet, amuse and entertain visitors and have already earned rave reviews. The Canterbury Tales brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery.
Marketing manager Sarah Hirsch said: “We are delighted that our costumed characters have been so well received by the public. They are full of enthusiasm and get a real thrill out of giving our visitors a memorable experience. It’s added a fun new dimension to the visit and the feedback we’ve received is excellent.”
On the TripAdvisor review site, Kirsty from Deal said “both actors were brilliant and really made it interesting. I would definitely recommend it”, while Sarah from Suffolk said “the guides are very informative and helpful”. Another visitor said the guides were “great fun” and praised them for their enthusiasm and energy.
The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the historic cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining and enjoyable 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.
The Canterbury Tales represents an accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church. It gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times.
Visitors are invited to join Chaucer and his band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn in London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. The attraction offers special children’s commentaries and gives youngsters the chance to dress up in medieval costumes to make their visit even more memorable.