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Discovering the Past

For incomparable heritage explore the medieval city of Canterbury. Discover the excellent range of shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions, including the spectacular Cathedral forming part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Start your day by discovering where it all began. The birthplace of Christianity in southern England is a World Heritage Site consisting of St Augustine's Abbey, St Martin's Church and Canterbury Cathedral. Now the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion the Cathedral is central to the historic city and the Christian Church.
St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury

St Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine.
 
St Martin's Church, Canterbury

St Martin's Church

St Martin's Church is the oldest in England still in use as a parish church and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. This church was the first base of St Augustine when he came to Canterbury in 597.
 
Canterbury Cathedral, © Cathedral Enterprises

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother church of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 

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Once you've explored the extraordinary religious heritage of the city why not step back in time and explore one of the Canterbury Museums. Whether you chose to visit the superb Canterbury Heritage Museum or the underground Roman Museum.
Displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building at the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
 
Displays at Canterbury Roman Museum

Canterbury Roman Museum

Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury's underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated.
 
 

Details of St Augustine's AbbeySt Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church.

The impressive St Augustine's Abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At St Augustine's Abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and interactive audio tour.

The museum contains artefacts and stone carvings found at the Abbey during excavations. There are a wide range of objects covering many centuries, including a skeleton and the costumes worn by actors playing King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha of Kent in a celebration of St Augustine's arrival in Kent. There is a short video which gives brief details of the different phases of building on the site accompanied by reconstructions.

Audio tour is included in the admission price. It describes the history of the site from St Augustine's arrival in Kent and the founding of the monastery, to the Dissolution under Henry VIII, the abbey's decline and then its revival in the 19th century.

Pre-booked tours can be accommodated, during opening hours. For times and details please contact the Abbey.

Disabled access (all site can be viewed, but some steps). A public pay car park is nearby.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled toilets English Heritage Property Facilities for educational visits Gift shop On-site light refreshments Picnic site Public toilets Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedDisabled access

Contact

St Augustine's Abbey
Tel: 01227 767345

View the St Augustine's Abbey websitewww.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey
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Venue

St Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PF

St Augustine's Abbey is a short walk over the road from Canterbury city centre. There is no parking on site. The nearest car park (charged) is just opposite on the Longport road. Not managed by English Heritage.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

Food and Drink - the gift shop sells a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sweets and ice creams. Picnic Area - you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are benches throughout the Abbey ruins as well as seating and tables outside the museum building. Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds. Assistance dogs welcome across the site. Audio tours in English, French and Japanese.

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