The Tabard Inn is where The Canterbury Tales begins. The Narrator meets the group of pilgrims there, and it is at the inn that the Host proposes the “contest” of storytelling.
Canterbury is the pilgrims' destination; they are headed there to visit the relics of St. Thomas Beckett.
St. Thomas Beckett
A shrine to this saint is in Canterbury, which is the impetus for the pilgrimage.
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