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Schools and Education

Suggested itinerary for schools and educational groups.


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


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.
Westgate Gardens
Dane John Gardens


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. 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.
Canterbury Tales
Canterbury Roman Museum


Morning: Canterbury Cathedral


The Precincts

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 guided tour (additional to entry charge): Adult and Concessions £5.00

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: £30.00 per person (minimum charge £750.00).

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:


Canterbury 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

'Entrance Only'

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

Adults £10.50
Full-time Students (18 - 24 yrs) £9.50
Language schools (under 18 yrs) £8.00

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.

Joint Tickets
Groups may benefit from special rates when combining a visit to Canterbury Cathedral with a visit to St Augustine's Abbey. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date information and rates.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesWeekdays and Saturdays:
Summer 09:00 - 17:30*
Winter 09:00 - 17:00*
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30/17.00*

Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 14:30*

*Last entry half an hour before closing time.

Canterbury Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Please note the Quire closes in preparation for Evensong on Monday-Friday at 16.30 hrs and on Saturday and Sunday at 14.30 hrs.

For up to date information on Canterbury Cathedral closures please visit the website or view the pdf.

Lunch: Westgate Gardens


Westgate Grove

Contact Details

The Westgate Gardens are an extensive network of formal and informal open spaces. There is much to see and enjoy:

Westgate Gardens - once the splendid home and gardens of a notable Canterbury family. The area can be traced back to the Roman occupation of 2,000 years ago, and beyond.

Toddlers Cove - once Canterbury's water park with swimming, paddling and boating pools and possibly the site of Roman occupation. It is now a starting - or finishing - point for the Great Stour Way, a three mile path for walkers and cyclists and now the site of a new large children's play area. Tannery Field, a riverside meadow and woodland besides Rheims Way.

The wild, wooded Bingley Island where there is evidence that Stone Age men and women once walked. Together these sites amount to 12 hectares of historic riverside parkland - enough space for about 15 football pitches. For further information visit:


10 minutes walk from Canterbury Bus Station. 5 minutes walk from Canterbury West train station.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesPlease be aware that the gardens close at dusk. Check signs on site.

Lunch: Dane John Gardens


Watling Street

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 862162
The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John gardens a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away. There are excellent views over the city and the surrounding countryside from the top of the mound.

Within the gardens is a safe play area for children, a newly built bandstand – a venue for traditional concerts throughout the summer – and a fountain which provides the focus for the shaded walk along the avenue of lime trees.

The historic gardens, located within the city walls of Canterbury, date back to 1551. The gardens contain a mound believed to date from the first century AD and later a Norman motte and bailey castle after which the gardens are named. In 1790 a local dignitary named Alderman James Simmons laid the park into formal gardens. In 1999, Canterbury City Council completed a million pound renovation of the park supported by the Heritage Lottery Fun and local sponsorship.
For further information visit:


2 minutes walking from Canterbury East Train Station and Canterbury Bus Station.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Afternoon: Canterbury Tales


St Margaret's Street

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)1904 261262
Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 14th century England? 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 coordinating your visit to other attractions around the city. Please telephone the Group Bookings line on 01904 261262 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 costumed 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:


By car:
From Dover and Folkestone - approach via A2 London bound. Take A2050, signposted Canterbury. Closest car parks: New Dover Road Park & Ride (Long Stay), Holman's Meadow (Long Stay), Whitefriars (Short Stay), Watling Street (Short Stay).

From Faversham and London - approach via M2, A2. Take A2050, Signposted Canterbury. Closest car parks: Wincheap Park & Ride (Long Stay), Rosemary Lane (Long Stay), Castle Street (Short Stay), Castle Row (Short Stay).

From Ashford - approach via M2, A2. Take A2050, signposted Canterbury. Closest Car Parks: Wincheap Park & Ride (Long Stay), Rosemary Lane (Long Stay), Castle Street (Short Stay), Castle Row (Short Stay).

From Ramsgate, Herne Bay and Thanet - Approach via A28. Closest Car Parks: Sturry Road Park & Ride (Long Stay), Queningate (Short Stay), Whitefriars (Short Stay), Watling Street (Short Stay).

By rail:
Turn right out of station into Station Road West. Turn left at the end of the street into St. Dunstan’s. Continue straight on for about 5-10 minutes, passing through the West Gate, into St. Peter’s Street and on into The High Street. St. Margaret’s Street is on the right hand side just past Nason’s Department store. The Canterbury Tales is on the right opposite HMV.

Prices and opening

The following prices are valid for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people until 31/01/2017

Adult/Senior/Student £7.00
Child (5 - 15 years) £5.75
UK School £5.50

For discounted admission prices pre-booking is required. Please visit the website for Group Booking Forms.

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
NotesApril to August 10am to 5pm daily
September to October 10am to 4pm daily
November to March 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday

The Canterbury Tales is open daily during school holidays, excluding Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day.

Afternoon: Canterbury Roman Museum


Butchery Lane

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 785575
Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level at Canterbury Roman Museum. 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

Canterbury Roman 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 of Canterbury Roman Museum is in Butchery Lane and very close to Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 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 Canterbury Guided Walking Tours 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 Guided Walking Tours on 01227 459779 or by emailing

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 475202. For further information visit:


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

Group Rates 2016:

Adults £6.50
Concessions £5.50

For groups of 10+

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMonday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.