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Opening Times & Entry Charges

Opening Times & Entry Charges

2022 - the perfect time to rediscover Canterbury Cathedral!

Get ready for a day out 1,400 years in the making! Kids Go Free until 31 October 2022 (T&Cs apply)

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Visitor opening times (Cathedral and Precincts)

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 grounds and Shop only. The Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

Opening times may change at short notice due to funerals, weddings, services or exceptional circumstances. Please check our website regularly prior to your visit. Services of worship take place outside of visiting hours.

Visitor entry prices

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).

Child (aged 17 and under): FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per paying adult; does not apply to group bookings). Kids Go Free offer runs until 31 October 2022
Adult (aged 18 and over): £14.00 (inclusive of VAT).
Students Students studying full-time at local universities (Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, and the 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. 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.
Precinct Pass holders Free entry – please see below for details

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.

For details of our services of worship, which are free to attend, please see Worship & Music

Buy your tickets

You can pre-book your tickets online or pay on the day at our Visitor Centre when you arrive at the Cathedral. Pre-booked tickets allow fast-track entry via Christ Church Gate.

Please note: Pre-booked visitor tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. In exceptional circumstances, it is possible to rearrange the date of your visit by contacting our Visits office on

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 any 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.

Any refugee or displaced person who lives within our Precinct Pass catchment area (within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower) is eligible for a Precinct Pass and can submit an application to Cathedral House reception.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services of worship. There is no charge to attend a service.

Download the Precincts Pass application form and Terms and Conditions.


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 our Visits Office before visiting for up-to-date opening times.

If you are interested in attending a Cathedral event, please visit our What’s On pages.
Cathedral Constables chat with a family of visitors


The Cathedral takes the safety and security of all our worshippers and visitors very seriously. If you are coming to the Cathedral, please be aware that as a condition of entry we reserve the right to search any bags or luggage on entry. Our Cathedral Constables and Visits Teams are there for your safety, so please do cooperate fully with all security checks and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe and sound.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after thorough proper inspection at a designated area set aside for this purpose.

Our bag policy

Regrettably, we do not have a left luggage facility and we would prefer you do not bring large bags into the Cathedral. If you bring any luggage or bags, you must not leave them unattended as they may be treated as suspicious items and could be destroyed.

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