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Canterbury Cathedral, © Cathedral Enterprises

Canterbury Cathedral, © Cathedral Enterprises


Visits Office

01227 762862


The Precincts,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 17 Mar Bach: St Matthew Passion
Sat 23 Jun Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius


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.

Coach park: Canterbury Coach Park

Drop off: St George's Coach Drop Off

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Weekdays 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.


'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.



See location of Canterbury Cathedral on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 150578  Lat: 51.27959 Long: 1.08189

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.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
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