Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral House
11 The Precincts




01227 762862


01227 865222

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Canterbury Cathedral
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Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. It is the home of a community made up of many different types of people all of whom seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, beauty and holiness. We hope you will be inspired to visit Canterbury and the Cathedral and look forward to welcoming you.

Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. It remains one of the most visited places in the country, and, just as important, a living community. Visitors have always been made welcome, in the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality. We continue the tradition, warmly inviting everyone to share with us the beauty and the unique atmosphere of one of the great holy places of Christendom.

The Cathedral's history goes back to 597AD 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 told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

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Admission charges

There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.

Adults £6.50 (pre-booked groups £5.50)
Concessions £5.00 (pre-booked groups £4.50)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Huguenot and Walloon Chapel

  • 12 September 2014

When Queen Elizabeth agreed to accept a group of Walloon refugees in Canterbury she gave them St Alphege's Church in which to worship. After a year this proved too small, so she and the Dean and Chapter allowed them to move into the Cathedral Western Crypt, which at that time was used for the storage of wood and coal. Since then there has always been an independent refugee Calvinist church in the crypt, which worships every Sunday at 1500 in French.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.


scene from Canterbury VAD hospital

Canterbury Cathedral in times past: remembering World War I

  • 7 October 2014 6:15-9pm

There will be displays from the Archives and Library, from other cathedral departments, and from Canterbury Museums, on the theme of World War I, as well as more general displays showcasing the work of the cathedral.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of poppies

Annual Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library lecture

  • 6 November 2014 7-8:30pm

The annual Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library lecture will be on Thursday 6th November at 19:00, given by Dr Peter Donaldson of the University of Kent.

The talk is entitled 'The Commemoration of the Great War in Canterbury and East Kent' and will take place in the auditorium of the International Studies Centre.

Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Free entry.


photograph of wounded soldier on battlefield

The Commemoration of the Great War

  • 6 November 2014 7-8:30pm

The annual Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library lecture, exploring the commemoration of World War One in the locality. Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • Any age