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St Martin's Church, Canterbury

St Martin's Church, Canterbury


St Martin's Church (Parish Office)

01227 453469


North Holmes Road,

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England's oldest Parish Church is still regularly used for Christian worship as it has been for over 1,400 years. It was here that St Augustine worshipped in 597AD with his 40 companions until King Ethelbert granted him the land for the abbey and the cathedral which, with St Martin's, now form the Canterbury World Heritage Site.

St Martin's was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent in the 6th century before Augustine arrived from Rome.

Shortly before 1844, a hoard of gold coins which may date from the late 6th century was found in the churchyard, one of which is the Liudhard medalet, which bears an image of a diademed figure with a legend referring to Liudhard.

The churchyard contains the graves of many notable local families and well known people including Thomas Sidney Cooper, RA (artist) and Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear.

Coach park: Canterbury Coach Park

Coach parties acceptedAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

The church is open for visiting at the following times:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 11am to 3pm (4pm in summer)
Sundays 9.50am to (approximately) 10.20am.
Please check times before visiting. Groups may book to visit by prior arrangement at other times.


Free entry

Donations are welcome.



See location of St Martin's Church on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 158577  Lat: 51.27788 Long: 1.09350

On foot from Longport take the main A257 pass the prison and then left followng the prison wall. The Lytchgate is straight in front of you on the first corner of North Holmes Road.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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