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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 Canterbury Roman Museum where you will be whisked back in time and discover the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum, which flourished for almost 400 years where Canterbury stands today. See the remains of a Roman house with its mosaic floor as well as other archaeological finds and authentic reconstructions. Allow approximately 60 minutes.
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 Martin's ChurchSt 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.

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 Church 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.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Coach parties accepted Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Contact

St Martin's Church (Parish Office)
View the St Martin's Church websitewww.martinpaul.org
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Venue

St Martin's Church

North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PW

CT1 1PWwww.martinpaul.org

See location of St Martin's Church on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 158577
     Lat: 51.27806  Long: 1.09372
On foot from Longport, take the main A257 past Christ Church University and take the first left. The Lychgate is straight in front of you on the corner of North Holmes Road.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East station

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