General group bookings for entrance to the Cathedral and grounds with optional guided and audio tours are dealt with by the Visits Office
Visits by primary/secondary schools with access to special facilities and resources for school groups are dealt with by the Schools Office
Bookings for conferences, hospitality or hotel accommodation are made with the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Reduced Entrance Fees
Pre-booked groups benefit from reduced entrance fees as follows:
- Adults £9.00
- Full-time Students (18-24 yrs) £8.50
- Language Schools (under 18 yrs) £7.00
Groups may book an ‘entrance only’ or any of the additional facilities, such as private guided tours, audio-tours, audiovisual presentations, lectures or ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours.
Groups may benefit from special rates when combining a visit to the Cathedral with a visit to St Augustine’s Abbey. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date information and rates.
Our guides are experts at making the Cathedral and its history come to life and we strongly recommend that you book a tour for your group. Guided tours in several languages as well as special tours of an extended or specialised character can be arranged, starting any time between 09.00 and 15.30 hrs (Monday-Friday) and 09.00 and 13.30 hrs (Saturday). There are no guided tours on Sunday.
Cost for guided tour (additional to entry charge):
- Adult and Concessions£5.00
Only accredited Cathedral guides are permitted to conduct tours in the Cathedral. Some Blue Badge Guides are accredited Cathedral guides, but the same charges apply.
Audio-visuals in several languages provide an appropriate introduction or conclusion to a visit (pre-booked groups only). Costs:
- Per Person cost£1.00
Audio-tours in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, lasting 40 minutes, are available inside the main entrance. Costs:
- Adults £4.00
- Concessions £3.00
Depending on the availability of the Cathedral, private (historical) evening tours by Cathedral guides may also be arranged. Costs:
- Per Person cost £20.00
- (Minimum charge £500)
Behind the scenes a great deal goes on – some 220 people work on preparing Services, creating beautiful music, restoring the stained glass or conserving unique and rare books and documents, much as the monks did many centuries ago. Groups visiting the Cathedral can now experience these fascinating aspects of Cathedral life by visiting our conservation workshops to see stonemasons / stained glass conservators in action and/or Archives & Library to view beautiful manuscripts and rare books.
These visits are very popular – numbers are limited and they must be booked well in advance.