From remarkable historical objects to fascinating reads in the Archives and Library, Canterbury Cathedral has an abundance of collections to pique your interest.
Things to discover
Archives and Library
Take a look at our impressive reading collection filled with manuscripts, historic records, photographs, maps and printed books which date all the way back to the late 8th century. Make sure to pre-book before your visit.
What can you discover in our incredible range of exhibitions? Take a look at what’s on before you decide to visit to make sure you don’t miss out on something spectacular.
The Cathedral is full of paintings, sculptures, church silver, vestments, altar frontals, stained glass and much more. See the significant treasures and renowned artefacts for yourself as you take a walk around the Cathedral.
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.
For nearly 650 years, the Black Prince’s funerary achievements have been held at Canterbury Cathedral, and are now on permanent display at our exhibition in the Crypt.
The archives of the Cathedral contains around 8,000 charters, including 30 that date from before the Norman Conquest!
The Cathedral Library contains about 50,000 books, and holds 40 incunables (books or fragments of books printed before 1501).
Our Archives and Collections contain over 200,000 documents - the oldest of which dates from the late 8th century – and about 3,000 objects.
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.
As we remember the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - the longest reigning British monarch - join a special guided tour, telling the stories of royals through the ages. Groups can discover monarchs immortalised in stone, wood and stained glass.
Stained Glass Tour
Explore the history and range of stained glass at the Cathedral. Discover Bible stories, famous Miracle Windows, the oldest windows in our collection – which are amongst the oldest in the world - and 20th Century stained glass telling stories of loss and reconciliation, meeting famous faces along the way.
This tour is part of our guided tours cycle, and when offered, is available to book on arrival.