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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.

 

 

Adult

£15.50

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)

Free

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

Free

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.
  • Discounts 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.
  • English Heritage members can also claim a 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop, online and in store. Valid until 31 March 2023. 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.

Services

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. 

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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.

Address

Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Parking 

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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Donate

Your donations directly contribute to the Cathedral’s conservation – providing a space of worship, learning and fun for generations to come. Thank you, from all at Canterbury Cathedral, for considering supporting us in this way.

 

 

How can you help

It costs around £20,000 per day to ensure the Cathedral is a safe and beautiful place to visit and worship in. Your generosity helps not only with the upkeep of the Cathedral, but grants us the opportunity to keep serving our local, national, and international community.

See how you can get involved

Make a donation

We rely on the support of our incredible donors to sustain this magnificent building, where even the smallest of contributions can help in the biggest ways.

Fundraising

There are lots of ways you can raise money for Canterbury Cathedral. From organising a fundraiser with friends and family, to holding a sponsored event, or even taking on a personal challenge.

Work needed

Although some restoration has taken place since Victorian times, the environment and the passage of time have taken their toll and the masonry on the West Front is unstable. Water ingress in some areas has caused deterioration and broken window panes have allowed pigeon access (and damage).

The Cathedral has been carrying out a schedule of running patch repairs but a point has been reached where the only solution is a major conservation and repair project. Without this work, the structural integrity of the West Front and Nave would be compromised, and we may have to limit visitor access.

Pleasingly, we have been able to undertake work to the upper stages of the West Front already, as part of The Canterbury Journey project, but we still have much to do.

Aims of the project

Planning for the project is well underway and work on the building is due to start early in 2023. It has been phased between now and autumn 2028, and its completion is dependent on the success of fundraising. Each year, we aim to raise around £1m to enable the project to continue. Information on how you can help can be found here.

Over the next 6 years, we are aiming to raise over £6m to fund our world-class stonemasons’ team and their efforts to bring the West Front back to its former glory. In addition to work on the fabric, the project will also enable:

The recruitment of two apprentice stonemasons

Chapter’s acclaimed trade and craft apprenticeship scheme offers vocational training to young people and recognises that an apprenticeship can make a life-changing difference to a young person. Canterbury's apprentices are recruited through Kent schools and colleges and advertisements in the local press. Coming from varied backgrounds, they are encouraged to meet their full potential by exploring their creative talents within the inspirational setting of the Cathedral, as well as developing the technical and life skills needed for a career in their chosen trade or craft.

The development of a new training programme for qualified stonemasons and other heritage crafts-people

Canterbury Cathedral employs world-class craft and trades people – stonemasons, glaziers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. The team are keen to explore the possibility of running short courses on this live conservation project – courses for apprentices and qualified craftspeople and tradespeople working in the heritage sector and those working in general construction with no experience of historic building work. These courses would give practical advice and instruction, gained from decades of experience in working on Canterbury Cathedral, as well as providing participants with hands-on training on this iconic building.

Improved access to the Cathedral for people with disabilities

The Chapter of Canterbury aims to provide a superb experience for the very many people who journey here from around the globe – pre-pandemic, one million people a year. As part of the West Front Project, and in consultation with people with disabilities, access to the Cathedral will be fundamentally transformed to benefit all. A new lift will be installed for entrance into the west side of the Cloister and Chapter House and perhaps most significantly, the Cathedral’s stonemasons will create a level access route for wheelchair users entering the Nave at the South Porch – the main entrance to the Cathedral building.

Brief History of the West Front

The first iteration of Canterbury Cathedral was dedicated by St Augustine in 602AD, and was most likely a simple pre-existing building. Over the next few centuries, extensions were made, as the city of Canterbury – and Christianity itself – developed. In 1067, a year after the Norman Conquest, the old Cathedral was destroyed by fire. Subsequent Archbishops left their mark by designing a new building and additions, including the original West Front with matching towers.

The early 14th century saw a spire added to the North Tower of the West Front (on the left as you face it). Later in the century, the South Tower of the West Front (on the right as you face it) was rebuilt. It was given substantial buttresses in order to cope with the weight of the bells, including the 3-tonne St Dunstan bell, originally installed in 1459. The clock on the South Tower relies on the Dunstan bell to ring each hour. The results left the West Front looking rather lop-sided.

At the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, following Henry VIII’s Dissolution and the Civil War, the Cathedral was in poor condition. Timber and lead had been stripped from the building, and many of its treasures had been plundered. However, a period of major restoration began and as much as possible was reinstated. In 1704, the steeple on the North Tower was removed following a storm and in the 1830s, the entire West Front was re-faced. The North Tower was replaced in 1840, to match the South Tower (although parts of Lanfranc’s work do survive) – as you see them today. The South Porch (through which one enters the building) was renewed, including the numerous statues, including King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha. 

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