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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.

Free evening entry to Cathedral Precincts

For the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic, Canterbury Cathedral will resume free evening entry to its Precincts grounds.

Beginning Wednesday 10 August 2022, between 17.00 and 21.00 daily, individuals and families will be able to enjoy free access for a quiet walk through the beautiful green spaces of the South Side Precincts of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Maintaining a centuries-old tradition, the daily 21.00 closure of The Precincts will be marked by the Cathedral’s curfew bell.

Though the Cathedral Church building itself will be closed – last admission for visitors is at 16.00 – all are welcome to attend the daily Choral Evensong service at 17.30, and the Cathedral’s Constables and stewards will be on hand to help with any enquiries. As with all of the Cathedral’s services of worship, there is no charge to attend, and all are welcome.

Terms and conditions of free evening entry to The Precincts:

  • Free evening entry to The Precincts is for individuals and families only. No group visits or guided visits are permitted.
  • Free evening entry is offered between 17.00 & 21.00 daily. This may change at short notice due to services or exceptional circumstances.
  • Only the South side of The Precincts will be open to the public. The Cathedral Church and the North Side of The Precincts, including The Great Cloister, will be closed.
  • Access to the Cathedral Precincts is via Christ Church Gate in the Buttermarket only.
  • There is no vehicle access to The Precincts.
  • Day visitors will need to leave the Cathedral Church building by 17.00 but can stay within The Precincts until 21.00, and are welcome to attend Choral Evensong at 17.30.
  • Free evening entry to the Precincts is a pilot project, and will be reviewed by the Cathedral during October 2022 half term.
  • The Cathedral reserves the right to amend or restrict access to The Precincts at any time, and to request visitors to leave the site if necessary.

For details of daytime visits to the Cathedral and Precincts, including opening hours, ticket prices, and free access for local Precincts passholders, see

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