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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. 

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Planning your visit? Remember to check our closures.

Commendation for Cathedral Visitor Centre

We’re delighted that the Cathedral’s Visitor Centre has been awarded a Commendation for its interior design at this year’s Canterbury Society Design Awards.

The building, designed by Hamish McMichael Architects as part of the Canterbury Journey project, was praised by the judges for its ‘complex series of attractive, visually-linked internal volumes at various levels’ and materials that are ‘carefully handled both in the sensitively restored historic brickwork within the former Sun Inn, and into the new building with its contrasting black metalwork and light-coloured joinery.’

The Centre welcomes modern-day pilgrims and comprises a ticket office, interpretation space, and retail area and includes a multi-purpose room for use by local community groups. A notable feature is the upstairs viewing gallery whose large window affords a dramatic view of the Cathedral.

The Canterbury Society Design Awards recognise and celebrate the buildings, spaces and places that are of value to our community. Commenting on the award, Mark Hosea, Project Director of The Canterbury Journey, said “It is with immense pleasure and pride that Canterbury Cathedral’s new Visitor Centre received a ‘Commended’ from The Canterbury Society in their 2021 Design Awards for a New Building in a Conservation Area. The benefits of the exciting new Visitor Centre, with all it has to offer in terms of ticketing, shop, viewing gallery, interpretation and exhibitions will hopefully be enjoyed not just by all those visiting the Cathedral, but by all those visiting Canterbury itself.”

“This was a very complicated building to integrate into such a historic setting as part of a World Heritage Site, so it is great to receive such positive recognition of that from The Canterbury Society. We look forward to welcoming all to enjoy the building and all that it has to offer!”.

On learning of the award, the Centre’s architect, Hamish McMichael, said “We are delighted that the design of the new Visitor Centre at Canterbury Cathedral has been recognised by The Canterbury Society’s Design Awards. This was a challenging location in which to design a new structure, stitched into the historic context of the precincts and the Burgate properties, adjacent to the Christ Church Gate. We took references from the location to design a modern structure that seeks to blend into the background of the setting, however, we sought to create a unique sequence of contemporary interiors, to bring a new identity to the welcome and interpretation spaces. The success of the project is a testament to the hard work of the entire Canterbury Journey team.”

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