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 & Library holds an impressive collection of manuscripts, historic records, photographs, maps and printed books dating back to the late 8th century. These make up an extraordinarily rich resource.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 »
Canterbury Cathedral is the custodian of a very wide range of collections, reflecting the Cathedral’s long history and complementing the built heritage. These include; the written collections of the Archives and Library (including manuscripts, prints, drawings and rare books), vestments, silver, stained glass, carved stone and other historic, religious and secular artefacts.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 »