The Cathedral has been a place of worship for more than 1,400 years. There is much to discover and explore, and on these pages we can only give you a glimpse into the Cathedral’s rich history, its collections and the conservation of this great holy place.
The Cathedral is often described as 'England in stone' as its history is intrinsically linked to England's history. From Archbishop Langton's role in the Magna Carta negotiations to the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral's history is as rich as it comes.read more »
The Archives and Library hold a huge wealth of information in the form of precious manuscripts, beautifully illustrated books, charters, photographs, maps and other records dating back to the late 8th century.read more »
The Cathedral houses wonderful collections of silver, textiles, paintings and much more. Some of these can be seen on display in the buildings; other items are held in the Archives and Library. The Canterbury Journey project aims to open us access to the collections in new and exciting ways.read more »
The Cathedral employs a large number of specialists, from stonemasons - 20! - to stained glass conservators, plumbers, carpenters and other conservators, who all work with huge dedication and expertise to ensure we and future generations may enjoy this very special building and its precious collections.read more »
In 2014 the Cathedral applied for a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an ambitious project called 'The Canterbury Journey'. As well as important conservation work, The Canterbury Journey will deliver exciting new community engagement activities and visitor facilities which will enhance the experience of millions of visitors.read more »