Coronavirus Kent: Canterbury Tales attraction announces permanent closure

A popular Kent attraction has revealed it is closing permanently.

The Canterbury Tales in the heart of the city gave the shock announcement.

The Canterbury Tales is in the heart of the city opposite HMV
The Canterbury Tales is in the heart of the city opposite HMV

It is unclear as to whether the decision relates to the lack of visitor numbers and downturn in tourism since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Kent.

The Canterbury Tales - in St Margaret's Street - is an interactive tour through Chaucer's tales in which visitors walk the darkened streets between London and Kent meeting both wax works and costumed characters along the way.

It has also in recent years run a number of popular after-dark and school holiday events in which children have enjoyed everything from medieval potion making to sword fighting and story telling.

There has also been a popular Santa's Grotto in which families have to rescue Santa in a time travelling adventure.

In an announcement on its website the company, based in St Margaret's Street, Canterbury, said that after more than three decades it was closing its doors for good.

Families could take the route of pilgrims and make an interactive journey from London to Canterbury
Families could take the route of pilgrims and make an interactive journey from London to Canterbury

The message, with the headline 'We are now closed' reads: "Sadly, after 35 years, the time has come to close the doors on The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction.

"The stories still live on in Chaucer's immortal words.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to all our dedicated team members past and present, and to our loyal guests and partners.

"We wish you well."

On Tripadvisor the attraction, which pulls in thousands of foreign visiting students each year, is given a four-star rating by visitors.

Described as a 'speciality museum' by the review website one visitor wrote: "Really enjoyed The Canterbury Tales.

"Commentary from the guides was very entertaining and brought the stories to life.

"The moving figures were a nice touch as well as getting to experience the smells. Good value for money and educational."

It is not clear how many members of staff The Canterbury Tales employs.

For more news and events for families visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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