Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 14th century England? 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 for pre-booked groups of 15 or more
-Free familiarisation visit for the group organiser
-Free admission for the coach driver
-Free audio commentaries in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese
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 01904 261262 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 9am to 5.30pm.
Canterbury coach park is about 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Our costumed characters are happy to meet groups there, or at a pre-arranged place in the city centre - please ask at the time of booking as this service is subject to availability. There are also drop-off spaces available in the city centre. For further information visit: http://canterburytales.org.uk/groups
From Dover and Folkestone - approach via A2 London bound. Take A2050, signposted Canterbury. Closest car parks: New Dover Road Park & Ride (Long Stay), Holman's Meadow (Long Stay), Whitefriars (Short Stay), Watling Street (Short Stay).
From Faversham and London - approach via M2, A2. Take A2050, Signposted Canterbury. Closest car parks: Wincheap Park & Ride (Long Stay), Rosemary Lane (Long Stay), Castle Street (Short Stay), Castle Row (Short Stay).
From Ashford - approach via M2, A2. Take A2050, signposted Canterbury. Closest Car Parks: Wincheap Park & Ride (Long Stay), Rosemary Lane (Long Stay), Castle Street (Short Stay), Castle Row (Short Stay).
From Ramsgate, Herne Bay and Thanet - Approach via A28. Closest Car Parks: Sturry Road Park & Ride (Long Stay), Queningate (Short Stay), Whitefriars (Short Stay), Watling Street (Short Stay).
Turn right out of station into Station Road West. Turn left at the end of the street into St. Dunstan’s. Continue straight on for about 5-10 minutes, passing through the West Gate, into St. Peter’s Street and on into The High Street. St. Margaret’s Street is on the right hand side just past Nason’s Department store. The Canterbury Tales is on the right opposite HMV.
Prices and opening
The following prices are valid for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people until 31/01/2017
Child (5 - 15 years) £5.75
UK School £5.50
For discounted admission prices pre-booking is required. Please visit the website for Group Booking Forms.
The Canterbury Tales accepts cash and cheques (in sterling), Switch, Mastercard and Visa. For regular customers, payment can be made direct via BACS if arrangements are made in advance. Cheques should be made payable to Heritage Projects (Canterbury) Limited. Credit and voucher facilities are only accepted when a written agreement is established in advance of your visit.
Notice of cancellations must be given 7 days in advance, otherwise we reserve the right to impose an administration fee of 25% of the total amount of your reserved booking. Some joint packages may have different cancellation terms - please ask at the time of booking.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Notes||The Canterbury Tales is open daily throughout the year but will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day. Please ring to check times before making a special visit.|
January to February 10am to 4.30pm
March to June 10am to 5pm
July to August 9.30am to 5pm
September to October 10am to 5pm
November to December 10am to 4.30pm