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Tickets and opening times

We can’t wait to welcome you to Canterbury Cathedral. Tickets can be booked online or are available to buy on the day at our visitor centre. Please check our website prior to your visit as opening times may be subject to change.

Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)

Sunday 11.30* - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)
*Between 11.30-12.30, access is available to the Cathedral ground and Shop only. the Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

 

 

Adult

£15.50

Our standard visitor ticket is valid for 12 months, meaning you can re-visit the Cathedral as often as you want during that time at no extra cost.

Children (under 17)

Free

Children go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. (Max 2 children per paying adult; does not apply to group bookings or school visits). Children must be accompanied at all times.

 

Canterbury Students

Free

Students studying full-time at local universities - Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, University for the Creative Arts - enjoy FREE entry with their student ID.

English Heritage Members

20% discount on visitor entry

  • Not valid with other promotions or offers.
  • Discounts applies to tickets bought on the door at our Visitor Centre only. Discount is not available for online booking. Standard price admission tickets cannot be refunded and exchanged for discounted tickets.
  • English Heritage members can also claim a 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop, online and in store. Valid until 31 March 2023. T&Cs apply.

Cathedral Pass

Locals can enjoy unlimited visits for the equivalent of just 10p per month!

You may be eligible for a Cathedral Pass if you:

  • work in the old city of Canterbury
  • live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower, including within The Precincts
  • are a member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • are immediate family of a Cathedral staff member
  • are a member of any church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll or equivalent)

Our Cathedral Pass cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or offers.

Apply for The Cathedral Pass

Event calendar

Have a look at the range of events Canterbury Cathedral has on offer below.

 

 

What's on

There’s something for everyone – see what exciting events are currently taking place.

See what's on

Service times

Daily Eucharist   08:00
Lunchtime Eucharist   12:30 (Wednesdays and Feast Days only)
Daily Choral Evensong*   17:30
Sunday Choral Eucharist*  11:00
All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. *Live streamed online.

Services

Online worship

Every day the Cathedral’s services are broadcast on our YouTube channel. It’s perfect for when you are unable to be here in person. 

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We can't wait to welcome you to the Cathedral

Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)
Sunday 11.30 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)

Between 11.30-12.30, access is available to the Cathedral ground and Shop only. the Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

Address

Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Parking 

Parking in the Cathedral grounds is only available for Blue Badge holders, subject to limited availability and prior arrangement. There are several public car parks nearby. 

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Donate

Your donations directly contribute to the Cathedral’s conservation – providing a space of worship, learning and fun for generations to come. Thank you, from all at Canterbury Cathedral, for considering supporting us in this way.

 

 

How can you help

It costs around £20,000 per day to ensure the Cathedral is a safe and beautiful place to visit and worship in. Your generosity helps not only with the upkeep of the Cathedral, but grants us the opportunity to keep serving our local, national, and international community.

See how you can get involved

Make a donation

We rely on the support of our incredible donors to sustain this magnificent building, where even the smallest of contributions can help in the biggest ways.

Fundraising

There are lots of ways you can raise money for Canterbury Cathedral. From organising a fundraiser with friends and family, to holding a sponsored event, or even taking on a personal challenge.

Ways to give

  • Donate Online – make a one-off or regular gift online today using our donation form
  • JustGiving – an online donation through JustGiving
  • Bank Transfer – a direct payment to our bank account (including international donations). Please contact our Fundraising team for details.
  • By Cheque – complete the Donation Form and send it, with your cheque made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ to the Fundraising Department.
  • American Donations – make a donation to Canterbury Cathedral from the US via this link 
  • Parish Giving Scheme – an established service for providing donations to the Cathedral available here

 

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can easily Gift Aid your donations past and future, adding 25% to their value, at no additional cost! 

You can provide a Gift Aid Declaration by:

In Memory Giving

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

Remember someone’s life by supporting a cause close to their heart – Canterbury Cathedral.

You can give a one-off gift or set up a regular donation in memory of someone special who has died. Your gift will mean that Canterbury Cathedral will stand in perpetuity, and the memory of the person you have lost will be kept alive in the mission, music and conservation of this place.

Every gift In Memory will be acknowledged with:

  • Your loved one’s name in our online Book of Remembrance - click here to see it.
  • an invitation to the next Benefactors’ Service so that you are present at the blessing of those remembered in the Book of Remembrance; and
  • a keepsake Canterbury Cathedral In Memory card.

Gifts of £1,000 and over may be restricted to Stone Conservation, the Archives and Library, Stained Glass or Music and can lead to:

  • initials carved on the inside of a new stone to be fixed on the building;
  • a dedication inside the conservation housing of a historic book or document in our Archives and Library;
  • a name engraved on the leadwork of the protective glazing of our stained glass; or
  • music at a service of your choice dedicated to your loved one’s memory.

Additionally, at Easter-tide the Cathedral is decorated with lilies which can be dedicated in memory with a donation of any size, and at Christmas, we decorate a Christmas tree with handwritten memories. Keep an eye out on our social media if you wish to take part.

  • Donate online – make a gift in memory today using our online form 
  • JustGiving – an online donation in memory through JustGiving 
  • Bank Transfer – a direct payment to our bank account
  • By Cheque – download our In Memory donation form and send it with a cheque made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ to Fundraising

Please do get in touch to tell us more about the person you would like to remember, or to discuss making a gift, at [email protected] or 01227 865343. It would be lovely to hear from you.

Thank you.

Giving in your Will

“For the miracle is that this Cathedral was conceived and built by ordinary men and women like ourselves. And it is our responsibility to hand on that inheritance into the future.” – Victor De Waal, Dean of Canterbury (1977)

Create a lasting link with your Cathedral

Thank you for considering leaving a legacy to Canterbury Cathedral in your Will. By doing so you are giving the ultimate gift which could help ensure the future of the Cathedral for generations to come. The needs of Canterbury Cathedral are constantly changing. The most beneficial gift would be an unrestricted bequest, allowing us to make the best use of your gift at the time we receive it. We always recommend that you consult with a solicitor before writing, or making changes to, your Will.

Click here to see our leaflet, including more information about different types of legacies. With that in mind, here is some suggested wording:

‘I give to Canterbury Cathedral (state the % residue or sum of money you wish to give) and request without obligation that it be used:

- To support their general work
- To conserve the Cathedral’s fabric
- To support the Archives and Library
- In support of music
- To support education programmes
- Other (please specify)

Augustine Legacy Circle

We are delighted to welcome to our Augustine Legacy Circle those who are planning to leave us a bequest. The Circle is a group of like-minded people who share a passion for protecting our Cathedral for the future. In gratitude for their bequest, members of the Circle will:

- Receive an invitation to an annual Augustine Legacy Circle event at the Cathedral.
- Receive tailored Cathedral updates and behind the scenes information.
- Be among the first to hear about special events and exhibitions at the Cathedral.
- Receive recognition of their support in perpetuity at the Cathedral.

If you would like a no obligation, confidential chat about leaving us a legacy or joining the Augustine Legacy Circle, please contact [email protected] or 01227 865343.

Becket Patrons

 

Become a Becket Patron with a donation of £750+ per annum, or £62.50+ per month, and join a distinguished group of passionate supporters and access these exclusive benefits:

  • Free Entry to the Cathedral for up to 4 adults and 3 children (under 18)
  • Priority booking for events organised by the Cathedral
  • An invitation to an annual Becket Patrons event
  • Regular updates on Cathedral news
  • Becket Patron tie pin or lapel pin
  • Recognition in Cathedral Publications

To find out more, please see our Becket Patrons leaflet, email [email protected] or call 01227 865343.

With enormous thanks to the Becket Patrons below, as well as those wishing to remain anonymous:

Lord and Lady Aldington, Mr K D Attwood Esq, Harry and Veronica Christophers, M J Davis, Hugo & Kate Fenwick, Karen Hyman and Joe Scorza, Mr David Innes, Cpt Peter O Kean MNI, Jeremy Leigh-Pemberton, Amicia de Moubray, Mr and Mrs Kenneth McAlpine, Shoween and Alexander Muir, Richard Oldfield, Mr Nigel H Roberts, Mr H. James De Sausmarez, The Countess Sondes, Mr Christian Stobbs, Ms Hazel Strouts, Charles Villiers, Mrs Julia Dorothy Wake, Mr Chris White, Stephen Woodley.

Congregational Giving/Offerings

 

Whether you worship regularly at the Cathedral or make an occasional visit, you may wish to consider making an offering during/after the service. There are various ways in which you can do this, if you choose:

  • Parish Giving – this Church of England-approved scheme enables you to set up a regular gift to the Cathedral, with Gift Aid (if appropriate). Full details on the Parish Giving website 
  • Direct Debit – you can set up a regular gift to the Cathedral using the online Offertory Form.
  • Offertory Envelopes – if you intend giving regularly, you can apply to the Cathedral to receive a numbered envelope. The Fundraising Department will send you a batch of envelopes, each with a number that corresponds to your number on our database. You can put cash or a cheque in one of your envelopes when you attend a service, and put it in the offertory purse. Please contact the Fundraising Department if you are on the Cathedral Roll and would like numbered envelopes.
  • You can use one of the contactless devices in the Cathedral, selecting ‘Service Offering’ on the touch-screen.
  • You are also welcome to put cash or a cheque (in a Gift Aid envelope which can be found at the donation points in the Cathedral, if appropriate) in the service collection, or in one of the general donation boxes throughout the Cathedral.

Additionally, at Easter-tide the Cathedral is decorated with lilies which can be dedicated in memory with a donation of any size, and at Christmas, we decorate a Christmas tree with handwritten memories. Keep an eye out on our social media if you wish to take part.

FAQs

We welcome gifts of any size to support our work and there are many ways to give. You can donate online, by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral’ to the Fundraising Department; by making a cash donation into one of our collection boxes in the Cathedral Precincts; or at one of our contactless giving devices.

Unrestricted gifts are used to help with the running costs of the Cathedral. It costs over £20,000 per day to keep the Cathedral open, and donations supplement our visitor income to help pay for staff, activities and projects, big and small. If you would particularly like to support a certain aspect of our work, that is usually possible – please contact the Fundraising Department for a chat.

We don’t receive funding from the Government or Church of England so have to generate all our funds ourselves. We do this by charging an entrance fee to the Cathedral, by renting out some of the properties we own and through the Cathedral Lodge and Shop. However, this commercial income does not cover all aspects of our work. We therefore need to raise funds through donations and grants to undertake special projects and to help sustain the Cathedral community.

The Fundraising Department is responsible for raising money to help with the day-to-day running of the Cathedral. We do this by seeking donations (one-off or regular), by encouraging congregational giving, by promoting the Becket Patrons programme (for people giving £750+ per year), through the Augustine Legacy Circle (for people who have pledged to leave a gift in their Will) and through appeals. The majority of this income is unrestricted which means the Cathedral can use it wherever it is needed most. Click here to fill in the donation form.

The Cathedral Trust is a separate charity which raises significant funding for special projects, mainly through major donors and charitable trusts/foundations.

The Friends is a membership scheme. The Cathedral's 'fan club', The Friends are a group of like-minded people who admire the building, its history and the community which surrounds it. Becoming a Friend is not only about restoring a beautiful old building; it’s about being a part of a community and forming lasting relationships, one which enjoys many activities and ‘behind the scenes’ events. You can find out more about the Friends here.

The Fundraising Department will be happy to help with any queries. Please email [email protected] or phone 01227 865343.

Joanna Luck – Head of Fundraising (including the Cathedral Trust) 

Sam Royle – Trusts and Research Manager

Summer Alp – Fundraising Officer

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