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A Message from the Dean

Click here to watch our daily online services, including Morning and Evening Prayer.
Click here to join Dean Robert for his readings of Jean Giono’s timeless short story, The Man Who Planted Trees, and Paul Gallico’s The Small Miracle.
The Cathedral supports Porchlight and Canterbury Food Bank. Visit their sites to get involved or to discover the help and support available.

We have reopened to visitors and for services of worship

Good to Go UK safety mark

We’re delighted to welcome you back. We’ve introduced a range of new safety measures to ensure your wellbeing, including one-way routes, enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitiser stations, distanced seating, additional signage and floor markings, and PPE for our staff, volunteers and Constables as appropriate. We've also achieved the ‘We’re Good To Go’ official UK mark to signal that we follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

We’ve also made several other changes, including the introduction of pre-booked tickets, and free entry for children and reduced charges for adults until September.

Daily worship: services within the Cathedral


Book of Common Prayer Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Cathedral Eucharist (Nave) – pre-booking required (click here to book online)* 10.30
Evensong (Nave) 17.30

Monday - Friday

Matins (Jesus Chapel) 07.30
Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Evensong (Nave) 17.30


Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Evensong (Nave) 17.30

We advise that you limit your close social interaction to your own household and up to one other, wherever possible, before, during and after these services. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service.

* Even when tickets run out for our 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, we may have space to admit those who show up on the day on a first-come first-served basis. The service will also be broadcast online at 12.00 (see below).

Daily worship: online services

The following services are broadcast on our homepage and on the Cathedral's YouTube channel.
Morning Prayer by 10.00 each day
Evening Prayer by 17.30 each day
Eucharist (Sundays & Feast Days) 12.00 noon
Sunday Compline by 20.00
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Morning Prayer

Evening Prayer

Eucharist (Sundays & Feast Days)

Sunday Compline

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The Small Miracle by Paul Gallico

Made available for reading for educational purposes by the generosity of publisher Penguin Books.


Other videos by our clergy

The Cathedral’s clergy have also created a range of other online content including a 5-part video series on the 14th-century English anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich, and the Dean of Canterbury’s readings of classic tales Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Voyage of Saint Brendan, Journey to the Promised Land, one of the most famous and enduring stories of Western Christendom.

Deanery Gardens
During this time when the gardens would usually have been full of people for different charitable events and tours, we thought it might be nice to share some footage with you to give a virtual visit.

Our lovely pigs, Winston and Clemmie, are expecting piglets and we thought there may be some who would be interested in seeing the feeds from Clemmie’s nursery; we will update them daily over the next few days…

Clemmie’s nursery feed


T.S. Eliot and Murder in the Cathedral

Following the Dean’s mention in a recent service of the work by his predecessor, George Bell, in establishing the tradition of theatrical productions in the Cathedral that paved the way for his vision of a Canterbury Arts Festival (the first in the country and still running each year) as well as paving the way for the cathedral school’s King’s Week summer festival – also the largest and longest running of its type (wonderful examples of past productions available online through Youtube or Google) – we thought you might enjoy this wonderful film that has been made by a dear friend, Prof Tim Jones, from our Anglican University, Christ Church, here in the City. The use of this film has been granted by kind permission of Tim, who in normal times would show films such as these at regular intervals in his Film department on campus, just adjacent to the Cathedral for the enjoyment and education of all, sharing these real gems of our local history. Click the image below to watch the video.

TS Eliot at Canterbury Cathedral

Today’s Prayer

We pray today for our world, that as we move through the phases of the COVID-19 emergency, we would strive for collaboration not conflict between nations:

God of love,
in whom we are all united,
bring together in your peace all the nations of this world.
Keep us from the temptations of blame and aggression,
to which our grief so often leads,
and help us instead to pursue the ways of
gentleness, diplomacy, and understanding,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.

Press play to hear a performance from our Cathedral Choir.

Supporting Us

The miracle is that this Cathedral was built by ordinary men and women like ourselves. It is our responsibility to hand that inheritance into the future.

Victor De Waal, Dean of Canterbury (1977)

The coronavirus crisis means that we need your support more than ever. The Cathedral is one of the world’s Holy Places, a special site of unique significance where worship and pilgrimage has been part of daily life for over 1,400 years.

Canterbury Cathedral does not receive any funding from the Church, the Crown, or the Government. During this time, we have no income from visitors, our Shop, nor the Cathedral Lodge hotel and conference centre. Even when UK lockdown ends, the financial pressures on the Cathedral are likely to persist for some time.

Please help us to secure the future of the Cathedral during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond by donating to support our ministry and our stewardship of this truly special place.

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