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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.





You will be able to make an additional £3 donation to the Cathedral. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

Children (under 17)


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.
  • 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*

FREE entry

You may be eligible for a Cathedral Pass if:

  • You work in the old city of Canterbury
  • You live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower
  • You are a member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • You are a Cathedral Volunteer
  • You are a member of any church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll or equivalent)
  • You are a resident within the Precincts

Our Cathedral Pass cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or offers.

*Our relaunched Cathedral Pass is coming soon.

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*   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. 


Stay at the Cathedral Lodge

A unique and contemporary hotel, situated within the private grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. In a peaceful environment but only a couple of minutes’ walk to Canterbury's many attractions.


Prices from £102

Go to bed and wake up the next morning enjoying the breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral from your bedroom window!


Located within a beautiful and inspirational environment, in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral.

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Meetings and events 

Our modern conference centre at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge offers meeting delegates a truly memorable event. We also offer brides a very special and truly unique wedding reception venue.

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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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.


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.

Visit England's first Cathedral and discover 1,400 years of history

Visit England's first Cathedral and discover 1,400 years of history

Visit England's first Cathedral and discover 1,400 years of history

Visit England's first Cathedral and discover 1,400 years of history

Celebrate with us

Advent and Christmas

Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate the Christmas season.

All our services of worship are free to attend. Tickets must be purchased for some events.

What will you discover?

We have a range of options to help you make the most of your visit, including:

  • Multimedia guides for hire
  • A downloadable tour app
  • Guided tours
  • Guidebooks available to purchase

The Cathedral is a work of art that showcases the finest medieval architecture and workmanship.

Soaring towers, intricate carving, awe-inspiring stained glass, and characterful stonework reflect Gothic and Romanesque styles.

The Cathedral is enclosed by tranquil gardens, filled with gorgeous planting.

Alongside are the picturesque ruins of the former monastery and the atmospheric Cloister Garth.

All waiting to be discovered...

With family activities, kids’ trails, discovery guides, free walking trails, and free exhibitions, there’s always plenty to do.

You are also welcome to join our daily Evensong service – continuing the Cathedral’s 1,400-year tradition of worship.

Discover the Cathedral’s amazing inside story on a guided tour.

Departing at regular intervals throughout the day, you can book on to a guided tour when you arrive onsite.

A variety of tours are available.

Book your tickets

Tickets start from £15.50 or free if you are a local resident and have a Cathedral Pass*.

*Our relaunched Cathedral Pass is coming soon. 

Explore and discover

With architectural triumphs, spectacular stained glass windows, and magnificent collections – discover all that the Cathedral and its grounds has to offer.

Tickets & opening times

Everything you need to know to plan your visit - from ticket prices to opening times to making the most of your day.

Visiting with children

Where history happens and memories are made.

Make a day of it

Take time to explore the world-class heritage in Canterbury.

Group visits

Visiting Canterbury Cathedral is a great addition to any itinerary.

School visits

Have an inspiring day out filled with an abundance of historical and educational interests. 

Fascinating facts


The number of years it took for the Nave to be completed, beginning in 1377. The Nave is one of the most magnificent surviving examples of English Perpendicular Gothic.


The height in feet of Bell Harry Tower, the tallest part of the Cathedral.

A masterpiece of medieval design and craftsmanship, it was completed approximately 30 years before Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.


The number of medieval heraldic shields on the ceiling of the Cathedral’s Great Cloisters.

These coats of arms sport a range of symbols and motifs – including a mermaid and gold rabbit! What will you spot?

Lifestyle 430

“I have never lost my feelings of wonder and excitement on arrival. The WOW factor is there, come rain or shine.”


What's On Guide

Advent & Christmas 2022

Your guide to services, events, family-friendly activities and new visitor experiences at Canterbury Cathedral.

Talks, tours and more

Canterbury Cathedral is a great addition to any itinerary.

From introductory talks to expert guided tours, we have a variety of options available.

What's on

Making History: Church State and Conflict

Explore the complex, and often violent, story of Church-State relations through the centuries

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