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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

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

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*

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.

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. 

Explore 

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!

Directions 

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

Get directions

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.

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. 

Find out more

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.

Places to explore

The Great Cloister

Explore what was used as an access route to accommodation for the Benedictine monks. Adorned with over 800 architectural shields, which represent important families and donors to the Cathedral, along with symbols of spectacular mythical creatures and green men. The picturesque garden, known as the Garth, is an open space historically used for burial. 

The Memorial Garden

There are many Memorial Stones within this garden. The central cross was inspired by the Cross of Sacrifice in Belgium, and shows the Crusader’s Sword, the Ship of Sea Power, and a wreath of roses and lilies. The ‘Khachkar’ cross, crafted from Armenian volcanic stone, commemorates the Armenian Genocide of 1914-1923. And the tall ‘Wilberforce Standing Stone’ reflects William WIlberforce’s contribution to the abolition of slavery. 

Friends Garden

With support from The Patron’s Fund, this garden is a wildlife hub which provides year-round interest. There are plenty of benches to relax and soak up the tranquil surroundings. The garden also includes a statue of The Buff, which commemorates the Royal East Kent Regiment whose history dates back to 1572.

Herb Garden

In 2005, a 16th century medicinal herb garden was recreated amongst the monastic dormitory ruins. The original garden cultivated herbal remedies, and plants for brewing, dyeing, ink-making, and cooking.

Water Tower Garden

Located close to the dormitory passage, the 1160 Water Tower was used to enable monks to wash their hands en-route to the Cathedral. A ground plan bound within the ‘Eadwine Psalter’ prayer book shows much about the waterworks and now resides in the Trinity College Library in Cambridge.

Infirmary Ruins

The infirmary ruins were part of the former monastic infirmary and chapel. After the Reformation, the infirmary was converted into houses, but by the 19th century they had fallen into disrepair.

War Horse

Nicknamed Joey, after the horse in Michael Morpurgo’s classic novel ‘Warhorse’, the 20ft structure commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War. It was built by students and staff from Canterbury College, with the amazing support from local businesses.

Plane Tree

Located just outside the Memorial Garden, the Plane Tree has distinctive bulbous bark and impressive wide trunks. At least three were planted around the city in the early 1800s, and all together seven similar trees can be found around Canterbury.

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. 

Fascinating facts

1160

The approximate year in which our incredible Water Tower was built.

It introduced a system bringing in clean water, and monks lived in this quarter for over 1,000 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The monks used and tended to the medieval herb garden close by, which you can still visit and enjoy today.

20

The height in feet of the Canterbury War Horse, in the Cathedral’s Precincts.

The horse was created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and to commemorate Armistice Day.

The project was led by sculptor Clive Soord and was built by students and staff at Canterbury School of Visual Arts and Canterbury College.

2

The number of crosses you’ll find in the Kent War Memorial garden, just to the east side of the Cathedral Precinct.

A calm and peaceful enclosed garden, this is the perfect place to sit and relax during your visit.

Guided tours

Inside Story

Discover the Cathedral’s history through its soaring architecture, glorious spaces, and the people who made it what it is today, told by our wonderful tour guides.

Also available in German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Russian.

Precincts Tour

From the time of Ethelbert and Bertha to our current King, discover how the Cathedral survived targeted bombing by the Luftwaffe, and the day it turned red. Hear the haunting tale of Ellen Bean and marvel at the work of our modern-day masons. 

Please note: This tour takes place outside, groups are advised to dress accordingly.

Monks, Maladies and Garden Tour

What was life like for the Benedictine monks? With archive documents recording a garden here 1,000 years ago, join us as we discover the significance of a medieval herb garden, the treatments for medieval diseases, and how the planets and zodiac influenced parts of the body.

Please note: This tour takes place outside, groups are advised to dress accordingly.

Other highlights

These ruins are part of the former monastic infirmary and chapel.

After the Reformation the infirmary was converted into houses but by the later 19th century had fallen into disrepair and now form the picturesque ruins you see today.

To the left of the main Cathedral entrance are brightly-coloured flower beds.

Created in response to how planting might look in 30 years’ time, these beds contain plants suited to arid conditions, poor soil and minimal watering.

Designed to provide interest beyond the flowering period the plants display interesting foliage or spectacular seeds heads.

The stretch of brick wall running from the entrance to the Memorial Garden towards Burgate Street includes several bee boles - ledges in the wall where bee hives, or bee skips were housed.

These are evidence of bee-keeping by the monks who inhabited Christ Church Priory here during the Middle Ages.

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