Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, which served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th century.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • lady_britts
    Bexley, United Kingdom1,341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm in awe of it's beauty
    This was my first visit to this incredible cathedral & to say that it's mind blowing is an understatement! We were there for a couple of hours, just wandering around taking it all in. The history, the stained glass windows and the sheer size of this exquisite cathedral is awe inspiring. If only the walls could talk with all that they've witnessed! Highly recommended for a step back into history. Also, once you've bought your ticket, it remains valid for a year.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 27 April 2023
  • alisdair t
    Workington, United Kingdom6,329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    very expensive to visit, but worth it
    Definitely one of the top 5 Cathedrals in England.But whether the £15.50 entrance fee was worth it is another thing. I only had a short time to spare, so i did not really get the full value out of the cost, and as i live 350 miles away, will not be able to revisit. The Cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture, both inside and outside, and the history of it is outstanding. The windows are stunning, and there was quite a few people to stop and ask questions.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Mandy M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant to explore
    Simple gothic design made grand by the height of the cathedral. And lots of different areas to explore that give it character. The martyrdom where Beckett was killed, the Romanesque crypt, lovely outside cloister, tall bell tower ceiling , the quire and the herb garden outside again. Glorious
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Sue Wiggins
    Rugby, United Kingdom299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    We visited on a scorching June day when BBC Songs of Praise had taken over the nave for recording. This did not detract from this awe inspiring building, we were both amazed at the vastness of the place and spent a good 3 hours taking in the history and exploring every nook and cranny (of which there are many). The entrance fee of £16 each seemed quite a lot but it is well worth it. The upkeep and ongoing preservation warrant this to keep this marvellous historical cathedral open. A must visit. Excellent.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • CRT1977
    Cape Town, South Africa129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Cathedral
    This Cathedral is a must visit. We parked a fair way from the Cathedral and enjoyed a pleasant walk alongside the River Stour. The ticket office staff were efficient and friendly and we discovered that we were able to use our Historic Scotland membership to get 50% discount. The Cathedral is a magnificent building with the stained glass windows a real highlight. Make a plan to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Patrick G
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Cathedral
    So pleased that today we could visit this beautiful cathedral with our dog. We have been waiting a long time to visit but could never go in with our dog. Now we can, thank you so much. We will now be able to visit this wonderful place more often .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Dave C
    Illinois1,548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1400 years of history
    This is one of the most important cathedrals in the UK. Canterbury is about an hour by direct train from the St Pancras Station in London. It dates back to 597 AD when Augustine of Canterbury established the Anglican church. There's a visitor center, the cathedral itself, and grounds to tour. It took us about 90 minutes, with taking in 1400 years of history! Restoration has recently occurred and is still going on in May 2023.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • MDay15
    Swanley, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great educational day out.
    Lovely day out and was great to view British history. Was disappointed on how many school trips there were. I understand it’s very educational but we was there for 2 hours and saw at least 10 in that time and each group had a minimum of 50 kids. These all seemed to be from other countries which were very disrespectful when inside the cathedral.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Skywalker3
    187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded at times
    Many people are surprised that there’s a charge to visit. If you are an English Heritage member you do get 20%off and tickets are valid for unlimited repeat visits for a year. There is a well marked visitor trail through the cathedral, but it’s also worth taking time to sit and look at parts just off the trail. This is a site on numerous group guided tours itineraries and so at times you can be swamped by large groups ticking off yet another site, especially the numerous language school trips.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • gail m
    Florida38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go if you can
    Breathtaking experience! We stayed in Canterbury for a few days and went to Evensong every evening. The experience is well worth it. We toured the cathedral one day and used the recorded tour with headphones so we could tour at our own pace. This is an experience we will never forget. The town of Canterbury is so easy to walk and have a lunch or coffee and see many historic buildings. We loved this place!1
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
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goat78
Royston, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Highly recommend a visit to the cathedral

Make sure you don't miss the grounds and the clostiers

Very good shop

Tickets are valid for a year under 17s are free
Written 11 April 2024
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Laura C
Christchurch, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A lovely cathedral stepped in history. There was also an awful lot to do with children with several different free trails around the site. The volunteers were brilliant and answered my 7 year old questions about Thomas Beckett in a child friendly way.
Written 6 April 2024
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Mark F
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Love this place, so glad it’s local and I can visit when I want! It is always good for a quiet moment in life, away from all the chaos in the outside world.
Written 3 April 2024
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David W
269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Superlatives just trip off the tongue when describing this place. Constant repairs/refurbishment are underway. The costs incurred to keep it open are huge. Opportunities to contribute are widespread. There are just so many things to see here. We came on a coach tour so our time was limited. You could quite easily spend the whole day here. There are quiet areas, away from the hustle and bustle of other visitors. Even if you are not religious, the architecture is amazing. The detail in some of the carvings is just fantastic.

Take some time to consider the "Cathedral Thinking" referred to by Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg at some point during your visit.

Canterbury is a beautiful city. The cathedral is the jewel in the crown.

Recommended
Written 31 March 2024
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Rebecca1H
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Over three days, we thoroughly appreciated getting to know this building, a central place of worship so steeped in English history and the history of the Anglican world. Through helpful official guided tours and the experience of being in this place in the quiet of the first opening hour of the days or attending the musical treat of choral evensong at the end of the days, we learnt and gained so much, even while not ourselves being members of the Christian community. A special thank you to Ian for his account of 'The St Thomas Becket story' tour of the building: Ian generously shared his evident depth of knowledge with quiet ease, gentle humour and an enviable ability to deliver complicated timelines and connections in an understandable way! We also appreciated the many assistant guides and Cathedral staff spread around the Cathedral and Close: they were all friendly and helpful and very willing to show you an extra detail you may easily have missed. Bravo and thank you to the Canterbury Cathedral team.
Written 21 March 2024
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Jenna H
Sittingbourne, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
What can I say about Canterbury Cathedral! Been here twice before but a while ago. Magnificently brilliant. Never fails to impress!!!
Written 18 March 2024
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Peter J
Chichester, UK461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I visited as part of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral and the RC church. The building and atmosphere are amazing. There is a lot to see. We were met and talked to by a priest. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, I will try and visit again.
Written 9 March 2024
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MrWil_low
183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The centrepiece of Christianity in England and well-worth a visit. In fact, hard to go to Canterbury and not to. The tickets are about £15; in spite of moans below, that lasts a year and compares pretty well with a dusty manor in the middle of nowhere run by the National Trust. Nor does the church get state-funding to keep this beautiful place heated, lit and, for that matter, standing. It might also help fund the church's ministry too. I'm sort of local so have been back a couple of times on my ticket.

Inside I have usually wondered around and enjoyed the space. I took a themed tour this time - it was free and OK but I was glad that I had some prior knowledge as it dotted around with little real context or clear narrative. For self-guided people, more on who various "inhabitants" would be nice, although this is a working church and not a museum.
Written 2 March 2024
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John B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Arrived just after 9am and bought a visitor's ticket and audio guide. I had the cathedral almost to myself which was superb. Audio guide was fine but directions to the cloisters were unclear. Some signposting would help. There was a need for more historical and contextual background information on the audio guide. For example, supplementary information on the benedictines on St. Augustine and Pope Gregory etc would have been useful. The audio guide was essential but it was a little superficial at times. The shrine area was a disappointment and I thought that the cathedral could have made more of this. More explanation please. Should be more experiential too. A pity that too many people were aimlessly walking around without a guide book or audio guide and so they must have missed a great deal. Tip..buy the audio guide or take the tour! I was perplexed why the cathedral is being used for pop music raves. I suppose it brings in the money! Perhaps the Dean and Chapter should balance this out and bring in more spiritually and authenticy? Perhaps the catholics could be invited to have a weekly mass as they do in St. Albans Abbey? I think some clearer thinking is required to enhance the visitor experience and to enhance the cathedral's spiritual provenance. Surrely discounts should be given to pensioners?£17 is a huge amount for those on a basic pension.Anyway, it was a wonderful visit and the cathedral should not be missed. I enjoyed evensong the night before which gave just a v little sense of what monastic vespers and compline was like.The most spiritual part for me was entering a darkened cathedral. I do recommend visiting the cathedral for evensong. I look forward to my next visit.
Written 23 February 2024
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Holly Dolly
London, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Silent Disco at Canterbury Cathedral.
Although this has been quite a discussion point in Kent the silent disco was absolutely fabulous. Great music, great buildings - all in all a great night out.
Written 18 February 2024
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