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Canterbury Cathedral

11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH

Discover a day out 1,400 years in the making.

Founded by St Augustine in 597 AD, Canterbury Cathedral is a unique place of worship, a major pilgrimage destination, a masterpiece of art and architecture, and one of the UK’s most-visited historic sites.

It is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and resting place of royalty and saints.

Often referred to as ‘England in stone’, the Cathedral has been at the centre of momentous events and upheavals.

Take a walk through 1,400 years history, with architectural triumphs, spectacular stained glass windows, and magnificent collections – discover all that the Cathedral and its grounds have to offer.

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Opening Times

Visiting Times

Monday - Saturday

9.00 - 17.00 (Last admission at 16.00)

Sunday

11.30* - 17.00 (Last admission at 16.00)

*Between 11.30-12.30, access is available to the Cathedral grounds and Shop only. The Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

 

Opening times are subject to change. Prior to visiting, please check our website for details of any closures in place.

Worship Times

Daily Eucharist

8.00

Lunchtime Eucharist

12.30 (Wednesday and Feast Days only)

Daily Choral Evensong or Said Prayer*

17.30

Sunday Choral Eucharist*

11.00

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service.

 

Services are subject to change. Please check our website for service details and closures in place.

 

*Live streamed online.

Prices

Cathedral Admission

Adult - Our standard visitor ticket is valid for 12 months, meaning you can re-visit the Cathedral as often as you want during that time at no extra cost.

£17.00

Children (aged 17 & under) - Children go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. (Max 2 children per paying adult; does not apply to group bookings or school visits). Children must be accompanied at all times.

FREE

Canterbury Students - Students studying full-time at local universities - Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, University for the Creative Arts - enjoy FREE entry with their student ID.

FREE

English Heritage Members - 20% discount on visitor entry *Valid until 31 March 2024. T&Cs apply.

Cathedral Pass - Locals can enjoy unlimited visits for the equivalent of just 10p per month!*

Explore inside the Cathedral to experience the awe and wonder that have captivated worshippers, pilgrims and visitors for over 1,400 years.

 

Your 12-month visitor ticket includes †:
• Unlimited entry to the Cathedral, Precincts and
monastic gardens
• Exhibitions
• Mini talks
• Activity trails
• Visitor events

 

†Subject to availability

 

*Check eligibility and apply for a Cathedral pass here.

Enhance your visit*

Guide books - Fascinating facts and stunning photography to help you get the most from your visit - and a perfect souvenir.

From £3.00

Media Guide - Take your tour, your way and delve deeper into the Cathedral’s fascinating history.

£5.00

Young Explorer’s Media Guide - A child-friendly version of our multimedia guide.

£5.00

Guided tours - Discover the Cathedral’s story, spaces and secrets with our expert tour guides.

£5.00

*Optional add-ons. In addition to, not including, cost of Cathedral admission.

Guided Tours

£5 per person plus admission charge.

Our guided tours are the perfect way to discover the Cathedral’s amazing history, spaces, and secrets.

 

Check our website for upcoming tours, talks and more. www.canterbury-cathedral.org/whats-on/events

 

Book at our Visitor Centre, or reserve your space by emailing visits@canterbury-cathedral.org

Worship with us

It is always free to attend a service of worship, and everyone is welcome.

Facilities

Dog Friendly

Baby Changing

Disabled Access

Toilets

Events

19th Aug

Midsummer Night’s Dream Outdoor Theatre at Canterbury Cathedral

A not-to-be-missed performance in the Cathedral grounds by multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre.

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31st Aug

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre at Canterbury Cathedral

A not-to-be-missed performance in the Cathedral grounds by multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre.

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Other things to do nearby

26th - 28th Jul

Mr Doodle comes to Kent and East Sussex Railway

Do not miss the amazing opportunity to watch Mr Doodle doodle a railway carriage on the 26th July !!!

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19th Aug

Midsummer Night’s Dream Outdoor Theatre at Canterbury Cathedral

A not-to-be-missed performance in the Cathedral grounds by multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre.

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31st Aug

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre at Canterbury Cathedral

A not-to-be-missed performance in the Cathedral grounds by multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre.

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31st Aug

Doctor Dolittle at Tonbridge Castle

This funny, much-loved and exciting family adventure is coming to Tonbridge Castle by Illyria outdoor theatres.

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Wine Tours of Kent

Visit some of England’s finest vineyards and wine producers. With wine tours throughout the Kent countryside, let us introduce you to award-winning English wines, guided tours, tutored wine tastings, and even lunch.

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Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

A ‘hidden gem’ in area of outstanding beauty, Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation is a unique and diverse Centre with Birds of Prey, Alpaca, Farm Animals, Meerkats, Huskies and more!

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18th Aug 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Summer Proms at Fort Amherst – The Spittin’ Feathers

Join us for a free afternoon of live music in our beautiful amphitheatre.

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4th Aug 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Summer Proms at Fort Amherst – The Cockney Knights

Join us for a free afternoon of live music in our beautiful amphitheatre.

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