So yes, last Sunday we had two missions to complete as we were invited to visit The Canterbury Tales as their Official Blogger
Mission 1: Visit The Canterbury Tales
Mission 2: Visit Westgate Towers
It was our first time in Canterbury and we were all in awe of how beautiful the place was. The shinning sunny weather was on our side which we took full advantage of on the day.
We arrived early in the morning as our tour starts at 11am. However, our train arrived at Canterbury West Station at 10:50am. We rushed with our buggy and Ethan was running too to the Canterbury Tales. Unfortunately, we missed our tour by about 2 minutes, but they were so very kind and rescheduled us for 1:45pm tour instead.
This meant that we had plenty of time to kill. I remembered passing a punting tour company in the town center on our way here. So I decided to take the kids on their very first punting experience, but that’s for another post entirely I will be bringing you.
Back to The Canterbury Tales…
we arrived back again this time – on time. We were asked if we wanted to get into characters of the Medieval civilians by wearing some of their costumes. A closet with full range of medieval clothes was presented. E&E immediately wanted to dress up. Ethan was a knight and Evelyn – of course wanted to be a princess.
The tour guides were very friendly, entertaining and foremost very welcoming. There were only 9 people including my two of kids in our group. The tour guide said that only a Prince and a Princess can open the door to the Tales. Luckily there was one in our small little group of tourists.
We were provided with an audio stick each. Once we were inside – the tour guide will let us know when to pull out the audio stick and listen to the Tales. When press play, it would speaks to you in Medieval Middle English or you can have the option of it playing to you in another language: French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. What really special is that my two kids have their own special audio stick with a much more kid friendly language on hand than the adults’ ones.
As mentioned before in our previous post: The Canterbury Tales is the only attraction in the world dedicated to celebrating the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English Literature who is widely considered to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages.
The 40 minute experience tour is a walk through a combination of live interaction and audio guides. Guests are regaled by five very different tales of true love, saucy scheming and spine-chilling trickery as each of Chaucer’s colourful characters competes to win the title of best story-teller.
According to E&E, the first ones were a bit spooky and smelly – as we went down into a scene of a dingy pub and then a stable. As you can imagine, the Medieval Middle English house keeping were not too hygienic – may I say.
Although, the inside tour the attraction is recommended for ages 5+, my Evelyn (almost 3 yo) was so engaged with the live interactions. She did find the audio stick a bit strange and said that the phone can talk! After a while, she ditched the audio stick for me to carry but was still fully hooked with the rest of the live interaction inside the tour.
This event is free with entry into the attraction! Yeay! We like Free!
First of, E&E had a go at the Knight’s School. They both had received great compliments from the Medieval Lady that they were fast learners and I couldn’t agree more. (Mummy proud moment there).
When the Medieval Lady asked Evelyn if she wanted to do the Maypole Dancing, she was so chuffed and followed her. Ethan on the other hand wanted to refine his Knight’s skill so he continued on for a little while before joining Evelyn.
They also discovered Medieval Medicine School. The Medieval Lady shown E&E the method of crushing leafs technique in medical making in the olden days. E&E were so charmed by the thoughts. I think if I have left them there – they would have tried out the whole herbs garden! lol!
There were also children storytelling as well, but E&E won’t that interested. We decided we have now completed mission #1 and is ready to take on Mission #2.
E&E were very excited to go exploring at the top of the tower when I pointed out to them as we were walking towards it from the town centre. It was such a spectacular sight. Ethan thinks this Tower is a mini castle.
We actually accidentally went round the tower before we could find the entrance to it. The entrance was attached to the new tower right next to it, which is now a rather fancy and posh restaurant.
E&E could not contain their eagerness to climb up, as soon as we were inside – they went straight on without me! Luckily it was quite safe as the connecting bridge was short and enveloped with glass, which mean they could not fall over the edge. Hence, giving them that extra excitement being able to overlook the passersby beneath.
Inside the Tower, there was museum and stairs to the viewing point at the top. The view on top of it was one of the breath taking view of Canterbury. It is gorgeous!
They had the olden days jail installations in placed at the top of the tower. Ethan asked me: “They don’t even have a toilet! How do they go to the toilet?!” Trust him to come up with questions like this! lol!
Once, we were back down in the tower museum, we had a look around – E&E were fascinated with old keys to the tower and how people were punished in the old days. They also did some brass rubbing. Ethan was there for ages, a perfectionist he is – he wanted his rubbing to be perfect.
Again, the tour guide at the tower museum was very friendly and that very encouraging with the children taking their time to look around the tower museum, do the brass rubbing, and taking a look at the view point on the top of the tower. Ethan wishes he could go all the way to the top but there was a barrier there for safety reasons.
All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed our day. The Canterbury Tales is in such a beautiful town with so much history within. It wasn’t hard to see why they have receive the 2015 VisitEngland and the 2016 Trip Advisor 2016 badges. It also now receives our very own ‘Ethan & Evelyn’ seal of approval for a family-friendly attraction too! This is a must-go if you are visiting Canterbury with the kids!
Here is a little video clip of how we completed the two missions all in a day!
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Disclaimer: This is a collaboration post with The Canterbury Tales as Official Blogger. All photos and opinions are of my own.
The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction
St Margaret’s Street,
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2TG
Tel: 01227 696002
TripAdvisor Page: Here
- Adult – £9.95
- Child (5-17 Years) – £7.95
- Senior Citizen – £8.95
- Student (with proof of identity) – £8.95
- Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) – £28.50
Canterbury Tales joint Ticket!
Adults £11.75 / Students & Concessions £9.50 / Children £7.50 (5-15 years) / 4 Years and Under FREE
Save a £1 off regular ticket prices for each venue / Available to purchase at either venue
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