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Canterbury Cathedral

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Address: 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
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+44 1227 762862
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Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates...

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.

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We were a bit apprehensive because of the work going on and as mentioned in other reviews. However, it was a delight. The work does not detract from the magnificence of the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were a bit apprehensive because of the work going on and as mentioned in other reviews. However, it was a delight. The work does not detract from the magnificence of the Cathedral. We also engaged a tour guide for £5 and it was well worth the money. She took us to areas of the Cathedral we would otherwise have... More 

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful architecture and expansive grounds to explore. Lots of volunteers are available and are all eager to tell you about the history, religion and relevance of the great building, which can be great if you're interested in that but is quite annoying if you'd rather explore by yourself. Unfortunately lots of building works going on which takes away from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My first visit at the cathedral was this year and was absolutely marvelous !!! I think is one of the best places to visit in Canterbury!!

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Derby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A huge cathedral with fabulous 800+ yr old windows that will take your breath away. Very knowledgeable guides. Unfortunately work had commenced on the new roof which meant lots of scaffolding inside the Nave as well as outside. The other 2/3rds was unencumbered, however, and was mightily impressive.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just sucked in all the history of the magnificent church cathedral, plenty of staff and clergy to ask questions if you wish. Have to pay for entry unless going to a service. Glad we went on a dry day as the outside has some hidden hems , note many repairs going on at the moment so difficult to get a... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic from the outside but for the next few years the interior is partly obscured by huge scaffolding. What a pity. One of England's finest cathedrals despite this.

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Thank Ashley F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very historic, we had a wonderful visit. Such atmosphere knowing we were in a key historic cathedral, we enjoyed walking around a reading of the Cathedrals and Englands major events.

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Thank Trevor M
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What history in one place. The sheer size and quality of the architecture is stunning. Nobody does history as well as the British. Centuries of life has passed by the cathedral and you can't help but drink it in. Bit of a shame that lots of scaffolding is erected on the building at the moment but it doesn't really distract... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very good, they had a map of different parts of the building and a map for children where they find different things and write them on the map.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is no need to write odes about the beauty of the Cathedral itself (recently refurbished, still ongoing works but absolutely fascinating). However, once finished with the tour inside, do explore the beautiful gardens and stunning old buildings surrounding the Cathedral. Mostly private but if you are silent enough, you can sneak in for a bit among the homes and... More 

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