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Opening Times & Entry Charges

Opening Times & Entry Charges

We have reopened to visitors and for services of worship

Good to Go UK safety mark

We’re delighted to welcome you back. We’ve introduced a range of new safety measures to ensure your wellbeing, including one-way routes, enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitiser stations, distanced seating, additional signage and floor markings, and PPE for our staff, volunteers and Constables as appropriate. We've also achieved the ‘We’re Good To Go’ official UK mark to signal that we follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

We’ve also made several other changes, including the introduction of pre-booked tickets, and free entry for children and reduced charges for adults until September. Click here to for our Visitor FAQs and click here for information about our services of worship.

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Visitor opening times (Cathedral and Precincts)

Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 16.00hrs (Last admission at 15.00)
Sunday 12.30 – 16.00hrs (Last admission at 15.00)

Opening times may change at short notice due to funerals, weddings, services or exceptional circumstances. Please check our website regularly prior to your visit. You can also listen to our Cathedral Stories Podcast to learn more of the Cathedral’s fascinating history before you arrive.

Services of worship will take place outside of visiting hours (click here to read our Worship FAQs).

Visitor entry prices

Until 12 July 2020 We are offering free entry for all visitors during our first week of reopening (4 to 12 July 2020).
Monday 13 July to Monday 31 August 2020
  • Child (aged 17 and under): FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per paying adult)
  • Adult (aged 18 and over): £10 (inclusive of VAT). There is also the option to make an additional £3 donation.
1 September 2020 onwards Our normal entry pricing will be reinstated.

Timed entry tickets must be pre-booked online via our website. This is to help us safely manage physical distancing and the number of people in the Cathedral and Precincts. At present, we are only accepting bookings up to two weeks in advance of when you intend to visit. Click here to book your tickets.

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The Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Therefore, the Cathedral or parts of it may at times be closed for general visiting.  Please always check the upcoming closures or contact the Visits Office before visiting for up-to-date opening times.

If you are interested in attending a Cathedral event, please visit the What’s On pages.

There is a charge to enter the Precincts (grounds) and the Cathedral during the above opening times, unless you are attending a service or have a Precincts Pass (see below). Students, studying full-time at local universities (Christ Church University, University of Kent and the University for the Creative Arts) enjoy free entry with their student ID.

It costs approx. £20,000 per day to ensure the Cathedral is a safe as well as beautiful place to visit and worship in, and, although representing only one third of our annual needs, visitor income is our most important source of income. We thank you for your contribution.

Precincts Pass

You may be eligible for free entry to the Precincts if you fall under any of the following categories:

  • Work in the old city of Canterbury
  • Live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower
  • Member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • Cathedral Volunteer
  • Member of a(ny) church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll or equivalent)
  • Resident within the Precincts

Please note passes are for the named person only, and pass holders may be asked at the gate for additional ID.

Download the Precincts Pass application form and Terms and Conditions.

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