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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 grounds and Shop only. The Cathedral church opens at 12.30.





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 (aged 17 and under)


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


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.
  • Discount 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.
  • Valid until 31 March 2025. 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 or Said Evening Prayer with Organ Meditation*   17:30
Sunday Choral Eucharist*  11:00
All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. *Live streamed online.


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. 


Find us

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.


Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
United Kingdom


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. 

Find out more


Planning your visit? Remember to check our closures.

Leaving a Legacy

Create a lasting link with your Cathedral

"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)

Leaving a legacy to Canterbury Cathedral is one of the greatest gifts you can give; it will help ensure the future of the Cathedral for generations to come.

Our generation has a responsibility to ensure the traditions of choral music, lifelong learning and excellence in craft skills begun by our ancestors are continued here at Canterbury Cathedral now, and for the future.

If you are thinking of writing, or making changes to, your will we would be delighted if you would consider leaving a gift to Canterbury Cathedral. Your bequest would make an incredible difference to the long-term sustainability of this special place and would help ensure the work started in your lifetime is continued into the future – engaging, teaching and being improved upon by new generations. 

If you are thinking of leaving us a legacy and would like further information please email [email protected] or call 01227 865343 for a confidential, no obligation chat. 

Thank you.

Augustine Legacy Circle

We are delighted to welcome those that leave a bequest in their will to join our Augustine Legacy Circle; a like-minded group of people who all share a passion for protecting our Cathedral for the future. In gratitude for this gift, members of the Circle will:

  • Receive an invitation to annual Augustine Legacy Circle event at the Cathedral
  • Have updates from the Cathedral including the Fundraising Newsletter
  • Be among the first to hear about special events at the Cathedral
  • Receive recognition of their support on the Cathedral’s website


Leaving a legacy in your will is an incredible gift, and a thank you for a lifetimes worth of blessings. We are so grateful that you are choosing to remember Canterbury Cathedral and look forward to welcoming you here soon.

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"Your legacy will help care for Canterbury Cathedral – its superb architecture, its outstanding music tradition, some of the world’s oldest stained glass, its rare archives and collections, and, of course, a community that has gathered here for centuries."

Richard Oldfield OBE DL

Making your legacy gift

Strategic gifts, like your bequest, will make a significant difference to the long-term sustainability of the Cathedral, ensuring the work started in our lifetime is continued into the future. We always recommend that you consult with a solicitor before writing, or making changes to, your Will.

Residuary Legacies

A gift of what’s left of your estate – or a percentage of it – after all other gifts have been made and debts cleared.

Pecuniary Legacies

A gift of a sum of money.

Specific Legacy

A particular named item left as a gift in your Will such as a property or artefact. If this is the case, please contact us to discuss this before amending your Will.

The priorities of Canterbury Cathedral are constantly changing, subject to the needs of the building, the local community, and our visitors. The most beneficial gift to the Cathedral would be an unrestricted bequest for its general purposes, allowing us to make the best use of your gift at the time we receive it.


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

In support of music

To conserve the Cathedral’s fabric

To support education programmes

To support the Archives and Library


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