The Canterbury Journey represents a major five-year development of the Cathedral. The programme will conserve and safeguard this beautiful building’s heritage for future generations and enrich the experience of those who visit.
This essential work is possible thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund total grant of £13.8 million and the generosity of trusts and individuals in the UK and USA who have given £10.9 million through the Canterbury Cathedral Trust. £250,000 was donated by The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.
During the course of The Canterbury Journey, the western end of the Cathedral is being restored and enhanced with repairs to the West Towers, Nave roof and Christ Church Gate and landscaping designed to significantly improve access and bring visual coherence to the South Precincts.
A new Welcome Centre will provide information, ticketing services and a shop with a free to enter Viewing Gallery offering stunning never-before-seen views of the Cathedral and Precincts and interpretation.
A purpose-built Community Space will host a range of community activities and events.
New interpretation trails, exhibitions, online resources and a multi-media guide will open up access to the Cathedral’s historic treasures.
A wide-ranging programme of events and activities will attract new and diverse audiences to the Cathedral and a new pass scheme will be available to those who live or work in the Canterbury area or belong to an East Kent faith group.