Village Grounds & Trails: Every day, dawn to dusk, and free to visit. All are welcome to visit the Village, walk the trails, and explore the beautiful grounds.
Please note that masks are requested for unvaccinated visitors when indoors, and optional outside.
Visiting 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 visit the Village, explore the trails, and stroll the grounds at their leisure. Village maps are available online or at the kiosk outside the Village Store 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 from May – December.
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.
Please be prepared for the weather on the day of your visit. Dirt and gravel footpaths can be uneven, so sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Most of our historic buildings have neither heating nor air conditioning. Please dress in layers and 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, its exhibits, and tours. Please note there is no dining facility on the grounds. Light snacks and refreshments are available in the Village Store, and guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
Accessibility | We strive to make the Village welcoming to all visitors. However, due to the historic character of the Village, accessibility is limited. Due to the grade and topography of the Village, all guests are encouraged to wear sturdy comfy footwear.
Smoke-Free Campus | Canterbury Shaker Village is a smoke-free campus. Smoking or vaping is not allowed in the buildings, on the grounds, or in the parking lots at any time.
Pets | Pets are only permitted at the Village if they are leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
Photography | Personal photography without flash is allowed throughout the Village. Tripods are not allowed inside historic buildings. Drones are not allowed on the property without prior approval. View our Photography Policy for more information
Canterbury Shaker Village is located 20 minutes north of Concord, NH, 60 minutes west of Portsmouth, NH, and approximately 90 minutes north of Boston, MA.
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.