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St Martin's Church, Canterbury

St Martin's Church, Canterbury

Contact

St Martin's Church (Parish Office)

01227 768072

Address

North Holmes Road,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT1 1PW

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Mon 24 Oct St Martin's and Beyond

Details

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.

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
Sundays 9.50am to (approximately) 10.20am.
The churchyard is always open.
Please check times before visiting. Groups may book to visit by prior arrangement at other times.

Prices

Free entry

Donations are welcome.

Location

Directions

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

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East station

Facilities

  • 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