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Schools and Education

Suggested itinarary for schools and educational groups.

Morning

Start your day with a visit to Canterbury’s most important centrepiece; the Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s 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 enjoy and benefit from your stay there. You have the possibility to do an audio-tour (available in 7 languages) or walk around with a guidebook. Alternatively you can book a guided tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.
Canterbury Cathedral
 

Lunch

For parties with packed lunches there are outdoor areas within the Cathedral precinct to sit. Alternatively students can relax in one of two gardens in the City: Westgate Gardens or Dane John Gardens.
Group Visits at Westgate Gardens
Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John Gardens
 

Afternoon

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England as you step into the world described by Geoffrey Chaucer in his stories about the colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury. Along the way you'll hear stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery 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.

Itinerary and time allowing you may wish to include a visit to The Roman Museum or the Museum of Canterbury. The Roman museum takes you underground to the level of 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 60 minutes.

The Museum of Canterbury has a display of exhibits from pre-Roman to the present and also houses the Rupert Bear Museum. Learn more about bygone times in the new education wing, featuring the 1900s house Victorian collection. You will also have the opportunity to view the Royal Museum and Art Gallery displays and collections while their current home undergoes major refurbishment.
Allow 90 minutes.
Canterbury Tales
Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Morning: Canterbury Cathedral

Address

The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 762862
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 £14.00

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 (historical) evening tours by Cathedral guides 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 conservators 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. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/groupvisits/

Directions

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.

Prices and opening

Pre-booked groups benefit from a reduced entrance rate of:

Adults £9.00
Full-time Students (18-24yrs) £8.50
Language schools (under 18 yrs) £7.00

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.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesTuesday 26th May - Quire and whole east end of the Cathedral will be closing from 12.30pm for a Memorial Service.

Weekdays (incl Saturdays):
Summer 09:00 - 17:30
Winter 09:00 - 17:00
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30

Sundays:
Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 2.30pm

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.
 

Lunch: Group Visits at Westgate Gardens

Address

Westgate Grove
Canterbury
CT1 2DB

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 862162
The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower.

The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour, while the less energetic can sit back, unwind and absorb the tranquil beauty of the garden and its wildlife.

The meandering river provides the perfect environment for swans, ducks and moorhens to settle and raise their young. In the summer, the garden provides an ideal setting for open air events, exhibitions or as a picnic area for organised groups.

Westgate Gardens - a brief history
In 1886, Stephen Williamson, a prominent Canterbury businessman and owner of the tannery, bought Tower House. Two ornate Victorian wings were added in 1870 but taken down to provide a suitable setting for the riverside walk and pleasure gardens. He and his family lived there happily from 1886 until 1935 and cultivated the gardens into what you see today.
In 1936, his grandson Stephen Williamson and his wife, Catherine Ellise Williamson, gave the house and gardens to the City Corporation. During this time, Catherine was a City councillor and was responsilble for the revelopment of the house and gardens in conjunction with the City architect. Catherine Williamson subsequently became Canterbury's first woman mayor and served for two years from 1938 to 1940. The deed which preserves the site as a public space and garden for the benefit of Canterbury's residents is still upheld by the present day council.

What to see-
Tower House is today used as the administrative office for the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and is not open to the general public. It is built around one of the bastions situated around the city walls and is built out of 14th century reconstructed flint on Roman foundations.
The 200 year old and 25 foot wide and Oriental Plane is (Platanus Orientals) is rumoured to contain a circular iron seat which used to stand around it. Other plants worth looking out for are the Copper Beeches amid the Magnolia Stellata.
The Norman archway and other medieval ruins probably taken by the Victorians from St Augustine's Abbey and used as grand garden ornaments can still be seen today.
The war memorials of the Burma Star Association and the Italy Star Association.
The site of the foundations of the London Gate of the Roman City of Canterbury (Durovernum Cantiancorum). Beside the River Stour and West Gate Tower in Canterbury these formal gardens have spectacular displays of flowers throughout the year. This site has been a public space since the Middle Ages, although late Iron Age and early Roman pottery has been found on the site. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury.gov.uk

Directions

10 minutes walk from the main bus station. 5 minutes walk from Canterbury West

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesPlease note that the gardens close at dusk everyday.
 

Lunch: Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John Gardens

Address

Watling Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2TN

Contact Details

Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2015. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterburyfoodfestival.aspx

Directions

2 minutes walking from Canterbury East and main bus station.

Event details

DatesTimes
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Sep 2015
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Tales

Address

St Margaret's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2TG

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 845 070 6255
Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 14th century Eangland? At The Canterbury Tales you can do just that. Offering an excellent introduction to the city and its most famous literary connection Geoffrey Chaucer, England's finest poet, this popular centrally located attraction sets the scene of five of Chaucer's tales in an entertaining and informative way.

Groups can step back in time to join Chaucer and his merry band of pilgrims on their pilgrimage from The Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the fun and excitement of the famous Tales. The Canterbury Tales is an audio guided attraction with translations available in French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. A special commentary for children is also available.

We welcome visits from schools and groups and offer the following benefits to pre-booked groups of 15 or more people:
-Discounted admission prices for pre-booked groups of 15 or more
-Priority admission
-Free familiarisation visit for the group organiser
-Free admission for the coach driver
-Free audio commentaries in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese

The Canterbury Tales would also be happy to give advice in co-ordinating your visit to other attractions around the city. Please telephone the Group Bookings line on 0845 070 6255 for more information.

How to book:
For discounted admission prices pre-booking is required. Please complete and submit our group booking enquiry form (available via the website) or contact us directly. Our Group Bookings Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

Coach Parking
Canterbury coach park is about 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Our custumed characters are happy to meet groups there, or at a pre-arranged place in the city centre - please ask at the time of booking as this service is subject to availability. There are also drop-off spaces available in the city centre. For further information visit: http://canterburytales.org.uk/groups

Directions

City Centre location in pedestrianised centre of Canterbury.

Prices and opening

The following prices are valid for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people until 31 Janaury 2016

Adult £7.25
Child (5-15yrs) £5.75
Seniors Citizen £6.25
Student (with proof of identity) £6.25
UK Schools £5.50

For Group Booking Forms please visit the website.

Payment Options
The Canterbury Tales accepts cash and cheques (in sterling), Switch, Mastercard and Visa. For regular customers, payment can be made direct via BACS if arrangements are made in advance. Cheques should be made payable to Heritage Projects (Canterbury) Limited. Credit and voucher facilities are only accepted when a written agreement is established in advance of your visit.

Cancellation Policy
Notice of cancellations must be given 7 days in advance, otherwise we reserve the right to impose an administration fee of 25% of the total amount of your reserved booking. Some joint packages may have different cancellation terms - please ask at the time of booking.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe Canterbury Tales is open daily throughout the year but will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day. Please ring to check times before making a special visit.

January to February 10am to 4.30pm
March to June 10am to 5pm
July to August 9.30am to 5pm
September to October 10am to 5pm
November to December 10am to 4.30pm

 

Afternoon: Canterbury Roman Museum

Address

Longmarket
Butchery Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2JR

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 785575
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.

Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level. Stroll through the marketplace, look inside recreated Roman rooms, and discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure.

See how little has changed since Roman times when viewing rare tools, or how much could be made of simple items like bones. Be amazed by collections of intricate Roman glass flasks and bottles, jewellery and a silver spoon hoard.

Handle, sort and classify real Roman pottery fragments and other objects relating to Roman:
- everyday life
- building materials
- rubbish
- mosaics

Museum highlights include Roman:
- mosaic floors preserved where excavated
- hypocaust (underfloor heating system) preserved where excavated
- digital reconstruction of a Roman town house
- rare cavalry horse-harness fittings, one of only two sets in the world
- rare tools - Roman spade, carpenter's square and mason's trowel
- gateway hinge, part of Canterbury's Riding Gate on Watling Street to Dover
- building materials including roof tiles with Roman dog-paw prints
- painted plaster fragments with flowers, patterns and dancers' feet
- finds from Canterbury's Roman baths, including gaming counters, toiletry items and bath lining
- figurines of gods including horse goddess and Gaulish male
- metal vessels, ewers and dishes used in religious ceremonies
- pottery, imported fine Samian ware and locally-made pots

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the Cathedral.

Party size
Group rates apply to 10 or more. It is best to allow parties to go round in supervised groups of 15. The hands-on area at the Roman Museum seats up to 16 students. If you are bringing a whole class to this museum you will need to divide them in half: while one group works in the hands-on area, the other group can use the museum displays. If you are bringing parties of 35 or more to any of the museums then these will need to be split into smaller units to ease congestion at the entrance. Please contact front of house staff to discuss access for larger parties.

Duration of visit
Allow plenty of time to enjoy your visit: 45 minutes to 1 hour for the Canterbury Roman Museum. If the group is using the hands-on area at the Canterbury Roman Museum please allow an extra 30 minutes. Allow 20 minutes from the coach park - also add in some extra time for delays, which may occur on your journey.

Planning a visit
Teachers and group organisers are welcome to make a preliminary visit free of charge and to discuss with staff the practical arrangements for a group visit, and how to link to other attractions.

Booking service
To ensure access without overcrowding, please telephone first to check available times and to make a booking.

Guided tours
For an additional charge, let an experienced guide show you round the Museum of Canterbury and/or Roman Museum. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and can be arranged to suit different ages and interests. They are operated separately by the Guild of Guides and are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Payment for tours should be made directly to the guide. Please contact the Canterbury Tourist Guides on 01227 459 779
or by emailing guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk.

Lunch
There is a lunch room at the Canterbury Heritage Museum which must be booked in advance of your visit. 60p per pupil/student. For more information on booking this room, please contact the Canterbury Heritage Museum on 01227 475 202. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-museum.co.uk

Directions

The Canterbury Roman Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral.
5 minutes walk from the City Centre
10 minutes walk from Canterbury West
15 minutes walk from Canterbury East
10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.

Prices and opening

Education Charges

Student Rate £2.00
Canterbury Student Rate £1.00
Hands-on Workshop £1.00
Roman Walls Tour £25.00 per hour

Interpreter led sessions: (materials not included)
1 hour - £3.00 per pupil
2 hour - £4.00 per pupil
3 hour - £5.00 per pupil
4 hour - £6.00 per pupil

In school outreach sessions - £350.00 whole day, £200.00 half day + petrol @ 60p per mile.

Adult Group Rate Prices

Adult Rate £5.50
Concession £4.50

Adult Education Group Rate £3.00

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Fri 2 Jan 2015 - Thu 31 Dec 2015Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
NotesLast Entry 4.15pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Heritage Museum

Address

Stour Street
Canterbury
CT1 2NR

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 475202
Includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson's original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.

Around the museum are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families - you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children's programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily's shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!

Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.

Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.

Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.

Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese.

Canterbury Heritage Museum currently houses some of the art collection from the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, which is presently closed for redevelopment.

Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese.

Party size
Group rates apply to 10 or more. Large groups may have to be split into smaller parties to ease congestion around the museum.

Duration of visit
Allow plenty of time to enjoy your visit: 1.5 hours for the Canterbury Heritage Museum. Allow 20 minutes from the coach park - also add in some extra time for delays, which may occur on your journey.

Planning a visit
Teachers and group organisers are welcome to make a preliminary visit free of charge and to discuss with staff the practical arrangements for a group visit, and how to link to other attractions.

Booking service
To ensure access without overcrowding, please telephone first to check available times and to make a booking.

Guided tours
For an additional charge, let an experienced guide show you round the Canterbury Heritage Museum and/or Canterbury Roman Museum. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and can be arranged to suit different ages and interests. They are operated separately by the Guild of Guides and are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Payment for tours should be made directly to the guide. Please contact Canterbury Tourist Guides on 01227 459 779 or by emailing guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk.

Lunch
There is a lunch room at the Canterbury Heritage Museum which must be booked in advance of your visit. 60p per pupil/student. For more information on booking this room, please contact the Canterbury Heritage Museum. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Directions

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Wed 25 Mar 2015 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Wed - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
NotesSchool and group visits are accepted outside of seasonal opening times if booked in advance (please book at least one month in advance).

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.