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25 Oct 2013 - 31 Oct 2013
The Terrible Tales
Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer's colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Start your journey in The Tabard Inn, Southwark where the Pilgrims are gathering, here you will meet Geoffrey Chaucer before you set off with this company of travellers to enjoy five of Chaucer's most popular and best loved Tales.
Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealousy, trickery and greed are vividly portrayed and beautifully interwoven into each Tale told by some of the best known Pilgrims. The Knight’s Tale – noble and romantic, the bawdy Miller’s Tale, the beautifully told Wife of Bath’s Tale, the Nun’s Priests Tale and the vivid portrayal of greed in The Pardoner’s Tale. Steeped in the rich history of this medieval city, a visit to The Canterbury Tales is an excellent introduction to the City and its famous literary connection.
Commentary on handsets is available for all visitors with a children’s commentary also provided. Visitors from overseas can enjoy The Canterbury Tales with French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese translation available on the handsets.
Located within the heart of Canterbury, The Canterbury Tales is housed within the historic church of St Margaret’s the oldest surviving building in St Margaret’s Street with records dating back to 1153. In 1850 St Margaret’s was extensively remodeled by the distinguished architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and refaced with flint giving it a characteristically Victorian appearance.
Groups and schools are welcome to visit with special rates available.
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