The Canterbury Tales Reviews
Bold Knights, men in tights and wimples Apr 17, 2009
I have always been a fan of Chaucer's series of tales, as they pass on lessons in life from the 17th century that we may still learn from today. Each has a moral and is based on the darker choices people make, such as theft, murder, adultery etc.
The Canterbury Tales is a tourist attraction based on Chaucer's stories and played out by mechanical puppets as we move from room to room listening on our audio devices. We passed it a couple of times before we had time to go in. There always seemed to be a line of people waiting to enter.
I don't think the tales were ever really meant for children but to alleviate the boredom young ones have the chance to dress up as their favourite character before the show starts.
If you aren't familiar with the tales I can explain that they are a series of tales told by travellers making their way to Canterbury. Each story teller (Knight, Miller, Lady, Priest & Pardoner) tries to outdo the other by telling the best tale.
As we move around the inside of the building we seem to weave along the road with the travellers. Each scene sees one of the characters story unfold. Though the scenes are quite static the play of lights and the use of aroma and sounds add humour and theatrics.
The tales end when we arrive at the cathedral. For us the adventure ends by negotiating our way out through the souvenir shop.
Ticket prices weren’t painful but we visited Canterbury Tales before we visited the Cathedral and our entry fee to the Cathedral came with a discount for this attraction so I suggest you reverse our order and make the most of it.
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