Opening Times

The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Therefore at times some or all of it may be closed for general visiting. Please always check the forthcoming closures, or contact the Visits Office before visiting for up-to-date opening times.

  • Weekdays & Saturdays
  • Summer 09:00 – 17:30*
  • Winter 09:00 – 17:00*
  • The Crypt 10:00 – 17:00/17.30*
  • Sundays
  • Throughout the Year, including the Crypt 12:30 – 14:30*

*Last entry 1/2 hour prior to closing time

Parts of the Cathedral may be open outside these hours. Please contact the Visits Office for up-to-date opening details.

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

Entry Charges

There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral during the above opening times, unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.


  • Adults                                                                        £12.00
  • Concessions                                                                £10.50
  • Pre-booked groups (Adults and Concessions)                 £10.50
  • Children (under 18)                                                     £  8.00
  • Children with valid Voucher                                             free
  • Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children                        £32.00
  • Family ticket (1 adult, 2 children)                                 £22.50

Enjoy 12 Months Free Entry

UK tax payers may ‘Gift Aid’ their entrance fee which means that we can claim back 25% income tax. Your Gift Aid till ticket will then allow you free entry for 12 months.

If you are not a UK tax payer, you can still enjoy 12 months free entry. Ask staff at the entrance gate for an ‘Annual Ticket’ form.

Precincts Pass

You may be eligible for free entry to the precincts if you fall under any of the following categories:

  • Work in the old city of Canterbury
  • Live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower
  • Member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • Cathedral Volunteer
  • Member of a church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll)
  • Resident within the Precincts

Please note passes are for the named person only, and pass holders may be asked at the gate for additional ID.

Download the Precincts Pass application form and Terms and Conditions.

Visitor Facilities

The Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that each visitor enjoys a warm and appropriate welcome. Click on any of the links below to find out more.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours take place throughout the day:

  • Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 10:30*, 12:00 and 14:00 (14:30 Summer) hrs
  • Saturday 10:30, 12:00 and 13:00 hrs

*There is no 10.30 tour during January.

Our expert guides make the Cathedral and its rich history come to life and a guided tour is highly recommended.  Tickets are available from the Welcome Centre: adults £5 pp, concessions £4 pp, family £10.

Audio Tours

Visitors can use the excellent audio tours. Available in 7 languages, English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. The main tour lasts 40 minutes with an optional section lasting another 20 minutes which covers the Great Cloister and Chapter House.

Audiotours are available from the kiosk in the Nave; adults £4 pp, concessions £3 pp.

Guide Books

You have a choice of three official guide books which can be bought when you arrive or in advance from the website.

A compact step-by-step 24 page “Walking Guide” has a plan and thumbnail images and is available in most languages. Secondly a 40 page photographic “Souvenir” book with captions in the five most popular languages. Thirdly a 96 page Comprehensive guide book available in English, French and German.

We publish other detailed books on the Cathedral’s history, architecture, stained glass and historic people.


Photography is permitted (except in the Crypt and during Services) – but for your own personal use only.

Any commercial / stock library photography must be agreed in advance and is subject to a fee.


A coffee kiosk in the south Precincts (seasonally, April ~ September) offers a wide range of snacks, sandwiches and beverages.

Group hospitality and first class accommodation is available in the Cathedral Lodge.

Clergy Availability

Chaplains are on duty in the Cathedral at certain times. A priest is always available, and any Cathedral official will help to locate him/her.


Parking is not possible within the precincts except for a very few disabled parking spaces, by prior arrangement. The Cathedral is in the heart of Canterbury and there are several public car parks nearby. Canterbury is also served by three excellent Park & Ride services.

For details please see our Maps & Directions page, or visit