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.


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, Canterbury

St Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine.
St Martin's Church, Canterbury

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

Canerbury Cathedral is the Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.


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

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building at the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
Canterbury Roman Museum

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

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. 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 St Augustine's 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 767345. 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 symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled access Disabled toilets English Heritage Property Facilities for educational visits Gift shop On-site light refreshments Picnic site Public toilets Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed


St Augustine's Abbey
Tel: 01227 767345

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St Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PF

St Augustine's Abbey is a short walk over the road from Canterbury city centre.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

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

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceEnglish Heritage
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