Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

The Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimages and remains one of the oldest and most famous Christian places in the country.

Founded in 597 AD, it houses a Romanesque Crypt, 12th century Quire and some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass windows in the country. In 1170, Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral, and ever since the Cathedral has attracted thousands of visitors. 2020 marks the 850th year of Becket’s murder with events throughout the year to commemorate his life and work, visit Becket2020 for more information.

Opening Times

General Visiting Times

We suggest before visiting, always check our  ‘Upcoming Closures’  for visitor restrictions.

Weekdays and Saturdays

Summer (start of British Summer Time) 09:00-17.30

Winter                                                             09:00-17.00

The Crypt                                                        10:00-17:30/17:00


Summer (start of British Summer Time) 09:00-16.30

Winter                                                             10:00-16.30

Last entry 1/2 hour prior to closing times.  

Please note the Quire closes in preparation for Evensong on Monday-Friday at 16.30 hrs and on Saturday and Sunday at 14.30 hrs.

** On (most) Sundays, the Nave, Martyrdom, Crypt, Chapter House and grounds remain open during Evensong from 14.15 until 17.00 hrs (last entry 16.30 hrs).  


Visit our website to see our Access Statement and Facilities for Visitors with Disabilities leaflet.

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