Overseas School Visits

We are very happy to welcome overseas school groups to the Cathedral. The following facilities are available but must be booked in advance. Groups should aim to arrive at the ‘pre-booked’ entrance to Christchurch gate at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start of activities. Please try to inform us if you are going to be delayed.

Entrance only visits.

To enjoy the group rate, groups must pre-book their visit. A specific time slot will be allocated and groups will be fast-tracked through the ‘pre-booked’ entrance gate. Unbooked groups are charged at a higher rate. Large groups must be divided into small groups of no more than 10, each with a supervising adult in charge. Teacher information sheets and student questionnaires will be sent at the time of booking and are also available on line.

Audio Visual.

An audio-visual presentation on the history and life of the Cathedral that provides an appropriate introduction or conclusion to a visit. The presentation is available in several languages (English, French, German and Dutch) and is suitable for ages 9 and over. Allow 20 minutes for the presentation with up to 60 people accommodated per showing.

Audio Tours.

A hand held audio tour, available in a variety of languages and giving a detailed tour of the Cathedral. Suitable for ages 10 and up. The audio tours must be pre-booked and are collected from the audio desk in the Cathedral Nave. Please allow one hour for the audio tour.

Guided Tours.

These are available in English and may be available in French, German or Italian. Please be aware that our guides are volunteers and demand for tours is extremely high (especially in our busy period between the months of March and July). During this time we may have to offer audio tours as an alternative to guided tours.

The Cathedral Shop.

A large range of guide books, publications, souvenirs and gifts to suit every pocket is available. The main shop is situated at the exit from the Cathedral. There is also a smaller sale point inside the Cathedral.

Booking your visit

Call or email the Schools Department to discuss possible dates and requirements and also to make a preliminary booking.
Tel: 01227 865262
Email: schools@canterbury-cathedral.org
You can also complete an online booking form.


Please refer to the Education Group Price List

Unless you are booking with a company that have a pre-arranged voucher we request payment on or before the date of your visit. Payment can be by cheque, cash or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury’.