Welcome to the website of Canterbury Cathedral, the most important or ‘Mother’ Church of the Anglican Communion and base church (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 of people who want (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 we look forward to welcoming you.
The Very Reverend Robert Willis
The Cathedral’s history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, who was sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury and built the first cathedral. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, like the pilgrims in the famous stories ‘Canterbury Tales’.
Canterbury Cathedral is more than just a beautiful old building. It is a place of worship, a place to meet, a place to pray without distractions, but most of all it is a living community.
There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.
If you are going to a Service, you don’t pay an entry charge.
At special times of the year (Christmas, Easter and during the summer) there will be a BSL tour led by Cathedral guide Bridget Bree (NVQ3 BSL). At times, Evensong is held with BSL interpretation. Details will be advertised on the Cathedral’s website, http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit.
The Cathedral is a medieval building on three levels. There are many steps to climb or alternative routes to take. Please refer to our Access Information or Facilities for the Disabled leaflet for detailed information.
We have accessible toilets, ramps, lift, mobilift, wheelchairs, a touch and hearing system, induction loop and large print material.
To book a place on a BSL tour or for general enquiries, contact the Visits Office:
+44 (0) 1227 762862