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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.

Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks

Jonathan Dove, Seek him that maketh the seven stars

Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks

Sir Edward Elgar, Benedictus

Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks

Sir Edward Elgar, Te Deum

Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks

Judith Weir, Love bade me welcome

The Palimpsest Project

In 2022, Canterbury Cathedral Choir was pleased to play a prominent part in the Palimpsest Project. 

This project, headed by critically-acclaimed saxophonist Sam Corkin, commissioned 11 leading contemporary composers to write new works for saxophone, choir and organ. The fundamental requirement of these composers was that their pieces be based on pre-existing compositions. A further 4 pieces, written to the same brief, were selected through a composition competition which attracted 100 applicants from around the world.

The majority of these 15 works were premiered at Cathedral services during 2022; the remainder were performed for the first time at a concert which took place as part of the Canterbury Festival in October of that year.

The pieces were subsequently recorded for Signum Classics, and the album was released in September 2023. 

Also premiered during the Canterbury Festival was a community composition brought into existence by a group of local volunteer musicians, who worked under the expert guidance of David Knotts at Christ Church Canterbury University over the course of a number of weeks. 

The Palimpsest project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Highlighted Music events

Between 24 May – 5 July, various events

Organ Festival 2024

Enjoy recitals by renowned concert organists, and have a chance to play the Cathedral organ yourself at our free Open Evening!

Open Evening: Friday 24 May, 18:30
This event is un-ticketed and free to attend.
If you would like to play the organ at the Open Evening please email in advance.

Organ Recitals: Dates in June & July, 19:30 in the Quire
Fri 14 June Tom Bell
Fri 21 June Roger Sayer
Fri 5 July Martin Baker
Tickets: £17 per recital or £36 for all three recitals
(Incl. £2 booking fee per recital)

Dates in June & July, 13:15-14:00 in the Crypt

FREE* Summer Song Recitals

with our Cathedral Choral Scholars

Wed 5 June  - Sonny Fielding (Bass)
Wed 12 June -
Zachary Smith (Tenor)
Wed 19 June -
Caroline McCartney (Alto)
Wed 3 July -
Oliver Jones (Tenor)

Recitals take place immediately after the 12:30 Lunchtime Eucharist.

*Recitals are un-ticketed and free to attend with a valid Cathedral Admission Ticket or Cathedral Pass.

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