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Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Our guided tours are the perfect way to discover the Cathedral’s amazing history, spaces, and secrets. Please note that costs for guided tours, audio and media guides, and any other add-ons or package elements, are in addition to the standard entrance fee.

The Inside Story Tour

Our ‘Inside Story’ guided tour offers your group the opportunity to discover the Cathedral’s history through its soaring architecture, its glorious spaces and the people who made it what it is today, all told by our wonderful Cathedral-accredited tour guides.

Pre-booked tours for groups can be arranged Mon-Fri from 10.00-14.30 and Sat 10.00-13.30.

Tour duration: approx. 60-75 minutes and can be tailored to your requirements.

Cost per person £5.00. There is no limit to the group size. Where possible we will try to ensure there is a maximum number of 15 people to each guide.

This tour is also available from speakers of German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Russian (subject to availability).

New for 2022! Royalty Themed Tour.

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee year, Canterbury Cathedral are launching a special guided tour which is bookable for groups and FITs, telling stories of royals through the ages. On this private guided tour, groups can discover monarchs immortalised in stone, wood and stained glass which adorn the Cathedral’s walls, including special statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip which were unveiled in 2015.

Pre-booked tours for groups can be arranged Mon-Fri from 10.00-14.30 and Sat 10.00-13.30.

Tour duration: approx. 60-75 minutes. 

Cost per person £5.00. There is no limit to the group size. Where possible we will try to ensure there is a maximum number of 15 people to each guide.

New for 2022! Stained Glass Tour

In 2021 new dating techniques established that some stained-glass windows at Canterbury Cathedral are among the oldest in the world, and a new guided tour is available to offer an introduction to the history and range of stained glass found at the Cathedral, covering windows from medieval to modern.​

Pre-booked tours for groups can be arranged Mon-Fri from 10.00-14.30 and Sat 10.00-13.30.

Tour duration: approx. 60 minutes.

Cost per person £5.00. There is no limit to the group size. Where possible we will try to ensure there is a maximum number of 15 people to each guide.

Precincts Tour

From the time of Ethelbert and Bertha to our current Queen and the many stories in between.

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 as they constantly strive to conserve and protect this medieval building. Hear why the Cathedral Crypt is above ground, and how the feet of Stephen Langton, a major influencer of Magna Carta, now rest out in the cold.

Tour duration: One hour. Please note that this tour takes place outside and groups should be advised to dress accordingly.

Cost per person £5.00. There is no limit to the group size. Where possible we will try to ensure there is a maximum number of 15 people to each guide.

Monks, Maladies and Gardens Tour

What was life like for the Benedictine monks, once the largest religious community in England that lived within the Cathedral’s precinct walls?

Join us as we travel through some of our public gardens and discover how these spaces, created over centuries, are still used and tended by our gardening team today.

Open spaces have always been an important part of Canterbury Cathedral. Archive documents record a garden here 1,000 years ago and today these places are still as relevant.

Also on this tour, discover the significance of a medieval herb garden, the diagnosis and treatments for medieval diseases, and how the planets and the zodiac influenced parts of the body.

Tour duration: One hour. Please note that this tour takes place outside and groups should be advised to dress accordingly.

Cost per person £5.00. There is no limit to the group size. Where possible we will try to ensure there is a maximum number of 15 people to each guide.

Language Tours

Our Cathedral Guided ‘Inside Story’ tour is available from speakers of German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Russian (subject to availability).

Cost per person £5.00. Maximum group size 30 people.

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