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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.





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)


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 2024. 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.

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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.


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. 

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Evening closure of Precincts, Tues 26 – Sat 30 September

Due to the Luxmuralis light show and the need to manage large queues, public entry to the Precincts after 17:30 will only be possible for Luxmuralis ticket holders or those attending Choral Evensong.

Planning your visit? Remember to check our upcoming closures.

Registration now open

Boy Chorister auditions

On Saturday 14 October 2023, Canterbury Cathedral will host auditions for prospective boy choristers currently in years 3–7 to join the choir. No previous experience is necessary, just a love of singing.

Auditions should be booked in advance with the Cathedral Music Department. Please use the web form below to register for an audition and we will be in touch with further details.

The registration deadline is Sunday 8 October 2023.

Successful candidates will be invited to join the choir from November 2023.

The audition process

The Director of Music is looking primarily for children with a love of singing, with a flair for performing, and with a good musical ear (i.e. an ability to recognise and imitate pitch and rhythm). Whilst previous experience of singing or playing a musical instrument is welcomed, it is by no means essential. 

Auditions, which are informal in nature, generally last between 10 and 15 minutes. All prospective Choristers will be asked to:

  • participate in a warm up;
  • sing back pitches played to them on the piano;
  • sing scales (no previous experience necessary);
  • clap back a rhythm clapped to them;
  • read out loud (not sing!) a passage from a book, which will be given to them in the audition;
  • sing the first verse of the hymn O praise ye the Lord by C.H.H. Parry. Sheet music and words to help candidates prepare this hymn can be downloaded here, and a recording of the hymn being sung at the Cathedral can be viewed here.

A conversation between Cathedral Music staff, the prospective Chorister and their parent(s)/guardian(s) forms the final part of the process.

Boy Chorister auditions

Register for an audition

Please submit your details via the form below and one of our Music Department will contact you. Timings for the auditions will be confirmed prior to the day. Please note that parents/guardians (at least one) are asked to stay at the Cathedral with their child throughout. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Please include any further information which you think will be relevant to your registration.

Girl Chorister auditions

The next round of auditions for girl choristers will take place during the summer of 2024.

These will be for girls looking to join the choir when they begin year 8 in September 2024. There are currently no vacancies for girl choristers. However, if you are interested in joining the waiting list, please contact [email protected]

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