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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.

One of the largest projects of its kind

The Canterbury Journey – one of the largest projects of its kind – began its formal development and planning process in April 2014 with its successful Round 1 application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

Prior to that, a couple of years had been spent in working up ideas and concepts and doing consultation with partners and the public as to what the constituent parts of the project should be in addressing the Heritage, People and Communities needs at the Cathedral.  

After two years of work; planning applications, further consultation, risk assessments, surveys, design development, costings and copious amounts of due diligence, a successful Round 2 application to the NLHF was approved in October 2016.

The Canterbury Journey completed its last elements of the project in November 2022.

Celebrating The Canterbury Journey


From concept to completion, along with delivering associated works arising from opportunities, as well as the delays and the obvious impacts on delivery of the Covid-19 pandemic, the totality of the project cost was £34.5m (£34,438,161 to be precise).

This was funded by donations/grants to Canterbury Cathedral Trust of £11.5m, a grant of £15m (£14,715,444 to be precise) from the NLHF and £8m from the Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral.







Replacement and restoration

Large parts of the exterior of the Cathedral were covered in scaffolding for several years while replacement and restoration of the roof and fabric was undertaken. The landscaping in the Cathedral Precincts was renewed (but not before the main water pipes beneath had been replaced!). The iconic entrance to the Cathedral, the Christ Church Gate, was also hidden behind scaffolding whilst painstaking work on the stone and paint work was completed.

Safety deck

A ’safety deck’ was installed in the Nave, which served as a platform for the hard-to-reach conservation to be carried out. Stained glass windows at the upper levels were conserved and cleaned by our Stained Glass Studio.

Apprenticeship team

Four apprentices – two stonemasons, a carpenter and a leadworker – served their time working on this ambitious project and are now qualified artisans with the skills to care for Canterbury Cathedral and indeed, other historic buildings.


The Cathedral’s once-hidden collections are now in plain sight. Astonishing objects of international significance can now be seen in three permanent exhibition spaces at the Cathedral and online.

New attractions

The new Visitor Centre, Community Studio, shop and free-to-enter viewing gallery have re-imagined how visitors are welcomed at this ancient place. Our engagement work with schools and community groups has meant that people – people who perhaps thought that Canterbury was not for them – have found something special here and this work will continue into the future.

Our sincere thanks go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the many other individuals and charitable trusts that supported the Journey, and to all the staff and contractors who made this successful project possible.

Project Evaluation Reports

The Canterbury Journey's Final Evaluation Report (December 2022), and Interim Evaluation Report (September 2021) are available to download:

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