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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.

Through various major fundraising appeals over the past 5 decades, the Cathedral Trust has helped Canterbury Cathedral to survive and thrive. Overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees, the Trust raises funds from charitable trusts and foundations, and individuals, and passes that money to Chapter for strategically important projects.


The Patron of the Cathedral Trust is His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO.

Its Registered Charity Number is 1112590.

The Cathedral Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024.

Our current major project is the West Front

We are aiming to raise £6m to fund:

  • Conservation and repairs to the iconic West Front of the Cathedral
  • Apprentice stonemasons
  • Improved disabled access at the main South Door

If you would like to support the West Front project, or an aspect of it, you can donate in the following ways:

  • By cheque, made payable to ‘Canterbury Cathedral Trust’ sent to the Fundraising Department.
  • Bank Transfer – a direct payment to the Trust’s bank account.

Our last major project was the Canterbury Journey

The Cathedral Trust raised over £11m from generous donors which facilitated match-funding of £14m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and investment of £8m from Chapter to provide:

  • A new Visitor Welcome Centre
  • Restoration works on the Nave Roof and Ceiling, stained glass and Christ Church Gate
  • Exhibition spaces in the Crypt, Water Tower and Viewing Gallery
  • Landscaping in the Cathedral Precincts
  • Community and education activities.

More information on this unprecedented project click on the button below:

An ongoing project is Adopt-a-Stop!

The Cathedral’s organ sits at the heart of our music, supporting all who sing here and inspiring all who journey here. This magnificent instrument was refurbished by Harrison and Harrison in 2019, thanks to the support of our generous donors. The refurbished instrument has a new, relocated console, with four manuals and 89 stops giving voice to over 6,000 pipes. The stops (ranks of pipes) allow a kaleidoscope of sounds to shine through. Each pipe, from the smallest to the largest adds to this wonderful instrument, enhancing the voices of all who sing within these walls.

You can sponsor a pipe, selection of pipes or an organ stop at a range of levels (from £50 to pipes in smaller stops to £10,000 for the major 32ft pipes). What a wonderful way to remember someone who loved Cathedral music, or to celebrate a special person’s birthday? We will honour your generosity with:

  • A certificate signed by the Dean of Canterbury
  • Recognition in our digital Book of Donors (cited near the Organ Loft in the Cathedral)
  • An invitation to a forthcoming organ concert.

For more information please email [email protected] or phone 01227 865343.


Thank you...


From Historic England’s Major Works Fund for essential conservation works on the Trinity Chapel Roof and West Towers during the Covid pandemic.


From the Culture Recovery Fund towards core costs during the Covid pandemic


From donors (including through our Adopt-a-Stop! Appeal) to fund the installation of the new Grand Organ


From donors for the conservation and rebuilding of the Great South Window (2009-2016)


From donors for repairs to other fabric on the Cathedral


From donors to support the Music Department, including the founding of the Girls’ Choir in 2014

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported the Cathedral Trust with generous gifts and grants.

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