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Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh century Crypt, Twelfth century Quire, Fourteenth century Nave. The Cathedral's history goes back to 597 AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as famously told in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Facilities available include:
Guided Tours - Our guides are experts at making the Cathedral and its history come to life and we strongly recommend that you book a tour for your group. Guided tours in several languages as well as special tours of an extended or specialised character can be arranged, starting any time between 09.00 and 15.30 hrs (Monday to Friday) and 09.00 and 13.30 hrs (Saturday). There are no guided tours on Sunday.
Cost for entrance and guided tour: Adult and Concessions £13.00
Audio Visual Presentation - Audio visuals in several languages provide an appropriate introduction or conclusion to a visit. (Pre-booked groups only). Cost: £1.00 per person.
Audio Tours - in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, lasting 40 minutes, are available inside the main entrance. Cost: Adults: £4.00. Concessions £3.00
Private Evening Tours - depending on the availability of the Cathedral, private evening tours may also be arranged. Costs: £20.00 per person (minimum charge £500).
Behind The Scenes Tours - 'Behind-the-scenes' a great deal goes on - some 220 people work on preparing Services, creating beautiful music, restoring the stained glass or conserving unique and rare books and documents, much as the monks did many centuries ago. Groups visiting the Cathedral can now experience these fascinating aspects of Cathedral life by visiting our conservation workshops to see stonemasons / stained glass conservation in action and/or Archives & Library to view beautiful manuscripts and rare books.
These visits are very popular - numbers are limited and they must be booked well in advance.
The Schools Department at Canterbury Cathedral, working within the National Curriculum provides high calibre resources and support to visiting school groups and teachers from infant to secondary, enabling them to interpret the building and enhance the quality of their visit. Facilities range from guided tours, themed trails and project work to a wide selection of specialised educational publications.
Group accommodation and hospitality available in the Cathedral's Lodge and Study Centre.
For information on Cathedral closures please visit the website or view the pdf.
Pre-booked groups benefit from a reduced entrance rate of:
Students in full time education aged 18-24yrs old £7.50
Language schools £6.50
Secondary schools £5.00
Primary schools £4.00
Groups may book an ‘entrance only’ or any of the additional facilities, such as private guided tours, audio-tours, audiovisual presentations, lectures or ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Notes||Weekdays (incl Saturdays):
Summer 09:00 - 17:30
Winter 09:00 - 17:00
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30
Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 2.00pm
Last entry half an hour before closing time.
The Cathedral or parts of it may be closed for Services and/or special events. Always check opening times before visiting. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date opening details.
The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH
Map reference: TR 151578 Lat: 51.27878 Long: 1.08343
Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Canterbury East/West station
|Fri 13 Dec 2013||Canterbury Choral Society Carols Service|
|Wed 18 Dec 2013||Demelza House Celebration of Christmas|
|Sun 22 Dec 2013||The Fourth Sunday of Advent|
|Mon 23 Dec 2013||Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols|
|Mon 23 Dec 2013||Christmas Service|
|Tue 24 Dec 2013||Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols|
|Tue 24 Dec 2013||Christmas Eve|
|Wed 25 Dec 2013||Christmas Day|
|Thu 26 Dec 2013||Choral Evensong with carols|
|Sat 28 Dec 2013||Children's Society Christingle Service|
|Sun 29 Dec 2013||Christmas Services|