The Canterbury Tales


Experience The Charm Of Chaucer At Canterbury’s Much-Loved Visitor Attraction

A visit to Canterbury is not completely without experienceing Chaucer’s famous tales at this charming visitor attraction. Join us on a journey of discovery…

Meet our costumed guides, walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims and revel in the recreated medieval scenes as five colourful tales of love, infidelity, intrigue, courtship and death are brought vividly to life. You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England; a unique and theatrical introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection.

Your adventure begins at the recreated Tabard Inn. Here you will meet the first of your costumed guides who’ll prepare you for your pilgrimage to Canterbury. As you leave your guide to walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims, you will find yourself in the midst of a story-telling contest. Five of Chaucer’s colourful and entertaining tales of love, infidelity, intrigue, courtship and death are brought vividly to life as you make your journey through the recreated medieval scenes and listen to the audio guide. When you reach Canterbury, you will be met by a second costumed guide who will take you to your ultimate destination – the shrine of St Thomas Becket. This pilgrimage appeals to visitors of all ages.

Please note, the attraction is closed until April

Events are also on offer throughout the year, ranging from free to special treats for the family. Find out more.

Opening Times

Opening Times

Closed until April

April-August: 10.00am – 5.00pm daily

September-October: 10.00am – 4.00pm daily



We extend a warm welcome to all our guests…

We would describe a visit to our attraction as immersive. We use a combination of lighting effects (no strobe), scents and the audio handset to present five of Chaucer’s Tales to you. The historic layout and design of the site means access may be difficult for some visitors. We advise that if you do have any special access requirements, you call us prior to your visit. The standard visit time is approximately 40 minutes. The attraction has ramps, lifts (dimensions 31’’ x 44’’ or 79 cm x 112cm), a hearing loop and wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.

You can download our full accessibility statement here.

Due to current fire health & safety legislation, we are only able to accommodate one wheelchair user at a time within the attraction. We recommend that any guest using a wheelchair transfers to the one we provide to ensure a comfortable fit inside our lifts. From there you will be accompanied by one of our costumed characters to assist you with the alternative wheelchair accessible route and keep you in time with the audio guide. We regret that we are not able to accommodate electric wheelchairs. Free entry is offered to carers and we extend our concessionary rate to guests with a disability.

For more details please call us on 01227 696002.

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