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Discovering the Past

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For incomparable heritage explore the medieval city of Canterbury. Discover the excellent range of shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions, including the spectacular Cathedral forming part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Start your day by discovering where it all began. The birthplace of Christianity in southern England is a World Heritage Site consisting of St Augustine's Abbey, St Martin's Church and Canterbury Cathedral. Now the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion the Cathedral is central to the historic city and the Christian Church.
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.
 
St Martin's Church, exterior

St Martin's Church

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.
 
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.
 

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Once you've explored the extraordianary religious heritage of the city why not step back in time and explore one of the Canterbury Museums. Whether you chose to visit the superb Canterbury Heritage Museum or the underground Roman Museum.
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.
 
Canterbury Roman Museum, logo

Canterbury Roman Museum

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.
 
 

Details of St Augustine's AbbeySt Augustine's Abbey

Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the Cathedral and St Martin's Church.

The impressive Abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the Abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and interactive audio tour.

Pre booked tours can be accommodated, during opening hours. For times and details please contact the Abbey.

For educational visits please telephone 01483 252 013

For coach parking facilities please contact the Visitor Operations Site Supervisor on 01227 767 345. There is no parking on site, but there is a pay & display car park directly opposite the site entrance.

Disabled access (all site can be viewed, but some steps). A public pay car park is nearby.

View key to symbolskeyDisabled access Disabled toilets English Heritage Property Gift shop Accepts groups Public toilets On-site light refreshments Children welcomeDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Contact

St Augustine's Abbey
Tel: 01227 767345
View the St Augustine's Abbey websitewww.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey
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Venue

St Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PF

CT1 1PFwww.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey

See location of St Augustine's Abbey on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 154576
     Lat: 51.27758  Long: 1.08779
In Canterbury, a quarter of a mile East of Cathedral Close.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East station

Audio tours in English, French and Japanese. Hot drinks machine. Parking nearby.

English Heritage
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