VISITING THE VILLAGE
Current Information on Visiting and Tours
We are closely following state and federal guidelines in response to the COVID -19 pandemic.
The Village grounds remain open everyday from dawn to dust, and you are welcome to visit and walk the trails and paths. Social distancing is in place and masks are required for all visitors.
While Village buildings remain closed, we are currently offering guided outdoor private tours, available by appointment. To inquire about a tour, please call 603-783-9511 x 205 or email email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: The Village is preparing to fully re-open on June 12, 2021, offering indoor tours, a full array of events, and extended store hours. We look forward to welcoming all to the Village!
When you visit Canterbury Shaker Village you are swept up into the world of the Canterbury Shakers. The original and restored buildings tell the story of a spiritual and innovative group of people. Their stories are told further through Guided Tours and educational programs. Come visit the Village, stroll the grounds, discover nature in the Village’s 700 acres and experience the Shaker way of life.
The Village Grounds | The Village grounds are open everyday from dawn to dusk. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds at their leisure and Village maps are available online or at the kiosk to guide and inform you.
Guided Tours | The Village offers a variety of Guided Tours, which give a more in-depth look at the lives of the Shakers. The tours are both outdoors and indoors and are offered several times a day (beginning June 12, 2021). There is a fee for Guided Tours and tickets are required. Learn More
Nature Trails | The Village also has a network of nature trails that crisscross its nearly 700 acre site. The best marked trail takes visitors around Turning Mill Pond, where they can see the historic Pump House, beaver dams and human dams, and enjoy the flora and fauna of this beautiful and serene site. The trail takes about 30 minutes to walk. Trail maps are available online or at The Village Store.
As a museum with both indoor and outdoor components, please be prepared for the weather on the day of your visit. Our footpaths are dirt and gravel; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Most of our historic buildings have neither heating nor air conditioning. Please dress in layers of clothing or bring an extra jacket if visiting in the spring or fall.
Visitors should allow at least two to three hours to experience the beauty of the Village and its exhibits and tours. It is easily possible to spend an entire day exploring the Village.
Accessibility | We strive to make the Village welcoming to all visitors. However, due to the historic character of the Village, accessibility is limited. Buildings with ramp access to the first floor include the Carriage House, Dwelling House Chapel, Hubbard Education Center, Infirmary, Laundry, School House, and Syrup Shop. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in the Hubbard Education Center. Guests with mobility issues should inquire at the The Village Store regarding discounted admission.
Smoke-Free Campus | Canterbury Shaker Village is a smoke-free campus. Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes are not allowed in the buildings, on the grounds, or in the parking lots at any time.
Pets | with the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in the Village.
Photography | Personal photography without flash is allowed throughout the Village. Tripods are not allowed inside historic buildings. View our Photography Policy for more information.
Directions & Parking
Canterbury Shaker Village is located 20 minutes north of Concord, New Hampshire, 60 minutes west of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and approximately 90 minutes north of Boston, Massachusetts.
From the South | Route 93 North to Exit 15E, Route 393 East. Take Exit 3, Route 106 North. Take a left off the exit. Continue north on Route 106 for 6.6 miles. Turn left at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.
From the East | Route 4 West. Merge onto Route 393 West towards Concord, NH. Take Exit 3, Route 106 North. Take a right off the exit. Continue north on Route 106 for 6.6 miles. Turn left at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.
From the North | Route 93 South to exit 18 and follow signs approximately 7 miles to the Village.
From Laconia/Lakes Region | Route 106 south approximately 15 miles. Turn right at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.
Parking | Free, accessible, parking is available just north of the Village entrance.