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. Also the resting place for one English king and also the very first Prince of Wales, the Cathedral has seen more than its fair share of history, from playing a role in the Magna Carta to (mostly) surviving the Blitz bombing raids.

Situated just a stone’s throw from the city centre, and set in tranquil grounds with a beautiful Memorial Garden and stunning planting to discover, inside or outside Canterbury Cathedral is a wonderful place to relax and recharge.

Opening Times

General Visiting Times

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

Monday to Saturday 10.00-16.30 (Last admission at 15.30

Sunday                        12.30-16.30 (Last admission at 15.30

Timed entry tickets must be pre-booked online via our website. This is to help us safely manage physical distancing and the number of people in the Cathedral and Precincts. At present, we are only accepting bookings up to two weeks in advance of when you intend to visit. Click here to book your tickets.


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

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