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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.

Child and Adult Safeguarding

Every day hundreds of children enter the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and become part of our community. Some of the children are permanent members of the Foundation of Canterbury Cathedral and others may just visit once in their childhood, but to every child, we have a duty of care and responsibility which is an extremely serious trust. 

There is, in our society, a great concern that children are cared for in the best possible way and the Church takes this responsibility as one of its most important concerns. We have a Management group, guidelines and policies in place to ensure we follow very closely the principles of the House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy Document for the whole Church of England.

This duty of care, polices and guidelines also applies to any Vulnerable Adults who visit our Cathedral and our Policy states that:

  • We are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within our Cathedral community.
  • We are committed, within our Cathedral community to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people. This encompasses those who live, work, worship and visit here.

As part of our commitment to both child and adult protection, we carefully select and train paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with these groups, using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if appropriate amongst other tools, to check their suitability.

See also:

If you have any queries or concerns in this regard, please address these in the first instance to: [email protected]

Canterbury Diocese and Cathedral Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DCSAP)

The DCSAP’s role is to provide a source of independent advice and expertise on sound safeguarding policies, procedures and practices to the Bishop of Dover, the Cathedral Chapter and other senior clergy and officials.

The panel meets three times per year, these meetings are hybrid in nature and members can join online or in person at Diocesan House, Lady Wootton’s Green, Canterbury.

Agenda, and items for consideration, are shared with panel members prior to the meetings, and panel members are expected to have read these papers and be prepared for discussions during the meeting.

The DCSAP is made up of safeguarding representatives from the Diocese and the Cathedral. As well as representatives from statutory and charity sector organisations. The DCSAP is chaired by a person with safeguarding experience/knowledge who is independent from the Diocese.

DCSAP Terms of Reference (PDF)

Canterbury DCSAP are seeking new independent members, to bring safeguarding expertise from the children and young people’s sector, adult safeguarding, health, mental health and the criminal justice sectors.

Please find a short briefing on the purpose and structure of the DCSAP. If you are interested in the role, please send your CV and a covering email to the Interim DCSAP Chair Liza Thompson - Liza is also happy to discuss the role or the panel if you have any questions.

Deadline for CVs will be 30 June 2024.

Independent Safeguarding Audit

8th April 2019
Safeguarding at Canterbury Cathedral

The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of cathedral arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. These mandatory audits follow those carried out at diocesan level over the last two years. Canterbury Cathedral was pleased to volunteer as the first among all the cathedrals in England and Wales to be audited.

The Chapter believes that the audit allowed us to benefit from external scrutiny by measuring ourselves against current best practices in this vital area, demonstrating our own good practice, and then learning and developing as a result.

Leading improvement agency the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is conducting the audits and visited the Cathedral for three days in November 2018. As well as looking at safeguarding files, policies and training, they met with safeguarding professionals, key members of the Chapter, including the Dean, and a wide variety of others from across the Cathedral community.

The Chapter would like to thank all the colleagues who gave their time, views and expertise to contribute to this in-depth process since at the heart of the audit was a series of conversations and focus groups with people in significant roles at the Cathedral relevant to safeguarding.

We are pleased that the report concludes that Canterbury Cathedral’s safeguarding is good, with many areas of strength. The auditors also pose a number of challenges.

Below you will find the conclusions, the full report and a document detailing questions, challenges and responses. This document will remain live and will be updated as actions are completed and changes embedded into our processes.

Anyone who is affected by any safeguarding issue can speak in confidence to the Cathedral Safeguarding Advisers in the first instance, who will ensure support is provided. (Contact details available here).

If you have any queries, comments or concerns regarding the report, our responses or safeguarding in general, please direct these to [email protected]


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