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Suggested itinarary for schools and educational groups.

MorningMorning

Start your day with a visit to Canterbury’s most important centrepiece; the Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most important pilgrimage centres. The Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop establishing his seat in Canterbury. You will see where its most famous Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 and view the numerous tombs and monuments including those of Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. Marvel at one of the cathedral’s greatest glories; the stained glass collection which dates back to the 12th and 13th century, depicting miracles, royal connections and biblical stories and regarded as the finest in the country. The Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that you enjoy and benefit from your stay there. You have the possibility to do an audio-tour (available in 7 languages) or walk around with a guidebook. Alternatively you can book a guided tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 

LunchLunch

For parties with packed lunches there are outdoor areas within the Cathedral precinct to sit. Alternatively students can relax in one of two gardens in the City: Westgate Gardens or Dane John Gardens.
Westgate Gardens

Group Visits at Westgate Gardens

The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
 
Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John Gardens

Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2015.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England as you step into the world described by Geoffrey Chaucer in his stories about the colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury. Along the way you'll hear stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery in this entertaining re-creation of life in medieval England. Audio guides for adults and children are provided as part of the tour. Allow 45 minutes. Itinerary and time allowing you may wish to include a visit to The Roman Museum or the Museum of Canterbury. The Roman museum takes you underground to the level of the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum, which flourished for almost 400 years where Canterbury stands today. See the remains of a Roman house with its mosaic floor as well as other archaeological finds and authentic reconstructions. Allow 60 minutes. The Museum of Canterbury has a display of exhibits from pre-Roman to the present and also houses the Rupert Bear Museum. Learn more about bygone times in the new education wing, featuring the 1900s house Victorian collection. You will also have the opportunity to view the Royal Museum and Art Gallery displays and collections while their current home undergoes major refurbishment. Allow 90 minutes.
The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction Canterbury

Canterbury Tales

Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to Canterbury.
 
Canterbury Roman Museum, logo

Canterbury Roman Museum

The Canterbury Roman Museum is underground at the level of the Roman town. It's an exciting mix of excavated real objects: authentic reconstructions; and preserved remains of a Roman town house with its famous mosaics.
 
Canterbury Heritage Museum, logo

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.
 
 

Details of Canterbury TalesCanterbury Tales

Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 14th century Eangland? At The Canterbury Tales you can do just that. Offering an excellent introduction to the city and its most famous literary connection Geoffrey Chaucer, England's finest poet, this popular centrally located attraction sets the scene of five of Chaucer's tales in an entertaining and informative way.

Groups can step back in time to join Chaucer and his merry band of pilgrims on their pilgrimage from The Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the fun and excitement of the famous Tales. The Canterbury Tales is an audio guided attraction with translations available in French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. A special commentary for children is also available.

We welcome visits from schools and groups and offer the following benefits to pre-booked groups of 15 or more people:
-Discounted admission prices
-Priority admission
-Free familiarisation visit for the group organiser
-Free admission for the coach driver
-One adult admitted free for every 10 children/students
-Free audio commentaries in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese
-Private evening hire available call 0845 070 6255

The Canterbury Tales would also be happy to give advice in coordinating your visit to other attractions around the City. Please telephone the Group Bookings line on 0845 070 6255 for more information.

How to book:
For discounted admission prices pre-booking is required. Please complete and submit our group booking enquiry form (available via the website) or contact us directly. Our Group Bookings Office is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm.

Coach Parking
Designated coach parking and a drop off point are available in the City centre. This facility must be pre-booked. For details and to book please call 01227 378131.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled access Facilities for educational visits French signs/guides German signs/guides Italian signs/guides Gift shop Public toilets Regional Tourist Board Member Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Facilities for hearing impairedSmoking not allowed

Contact

Canterbury Tales
Tel: +44 (0) 845 070 6255

View the Canterbury Tales websitewww.canterburytales.org.uk
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Venue

Canterbury Tales

St Margaret's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2TG

CT1 2TGwww.canterburytales.org.uk

See location of Canterbury Tales on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 148577
     Lat: 51.27792  Long: 1.07845
City Centre location in pedestrianised centre of Canterbury.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury West station

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