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Cultural Tour of Canterbury

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What better way to start your day with a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the worlds most important pilgrimage centres. The Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop establishing his seat in Canterbury. You will see where its most famous Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 and view the numerous tombs and monuments including those of Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. Marvel at one of the cathedral’s greatest glories; the stained glass collection which dates back to the 12th and 13th century, depicting miracles, royal connections and biblical stories and regarded as the finest in the country. The cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that you receive a warm and appropriate welcome. You may wish to wander around with a guidebook or audio tour (available in 7 languages). Alternatively general tours take place throughout the day with a fully trained Guide who will make the Cathedral and its history come to life. For a guided tour allow 90 minutes. Historic River Tour The morning ends with a Historic River Tour where you will discover the hidden secrets of the River Stour, a focal point of the city’s heritage. Each boat is rowed by a tour representative who will provide a light hearted commentary as you pass a variety of historic buildings and monuments set against some of the most picturesque backdrops of the city. Allow 60 minutes. Alternative option to Historic river tour: The Canterbury Tales Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England as you join Chaucer and his colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury in this entertaining re-creation of life in medieval England. Audio guides for adults and children are provided as part of the tour. Allow 45 minutes.
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 
Canterbury Historic River Tours

Group Visits at Canterbury Historic River Tours

Flowing through the heart of historic Canterbury, the river is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the country's busiest city centres.
 
Canterbury Punting Co, visitors on a trip

Group Visits at Canterbury Punting Co.

Escape the busy pavements and lay back into the cushions, meander down the river and see the City as you never could on foot. Listen to historic Canterbury's rich and fascinating story as you sip champagne and view medieval buildings.
 
Canterbury Westgate Punts

Group Visits at Canterbury Westgate Punts

Relaxing River Stour Tours through public gardens, breathtaking countryside and the city. A choice of short, long and city trips available.
 

LunchLunch

Choose from a variety of restaurants that cater for all appetites and tastes. From sandwiches to pizzas and three course meals, you will find many restaurants serve fresh and local produce from Kent.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

Explore the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey that marked the rebirth of Christianity in South England. Founded by St Augustine in 597AD and originally used as a monastery it is now part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. Detailed tours of the abbey grounds are available when pre-booked four weeks in advance. Allow approx 90 minutes. You may wish to consider visiting one of Canterbury’s museums, all providing a wealth of historical information. At Canterbury Roman Museum 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. Canterbury Heritage Museum housed in the medieval poor priests’ hospital you will discover the story of Canterbury in new interactive displays for all the family. The museum has a display of exhibits from pre-Roman to the present as well as the Rupert Bear Museum. Allow approximately 90 minutes.
St Augustine's Abbey

St Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.
 
Canterbury Roman Museum, logo

Canterbury Roman Museum

The Canterbury Roman Museum is underground at the level of the Roman town. It's an exciting mix of excavated real objects: authentic reconstructions; and preserved remains of a Roman town house with its famous mosaics.
 
Canterbury Heritage Museum, logo

Canterbury Heritage Museum

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

Details of Canterbury CathedralCanterbury Cathedral

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.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled access Disabled toilets Education/study area Facilities for conferencing Facilities for corporate hospitality Facilities for educational visits Facilities for groups French signs/guides Gay friendly German signs/guides Italian signs/guides On-site catering On-site light refreshments Picnic site Public toilets Regional Tourist Board Member Spanish signs/guides Welcome Host Wheelchairs available Guided tours for groupsChildren welcome

Contact

Visits Office
Tel: 01227 762862

View the Canterbury Cathedral websitewww.canterbury-cathedral.org
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Venue

Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

CT1 2EHwww.canterbury-cathedral.org

See location of Canterbury Cathedral on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 151578
     Lat: 51.27878  Long: 1.08343
The Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

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