Opening Times & Entry Charges
We can’t wait to welcome you back
The Cathedral reopens to visitors on 17 May 2021. Book your tickets now, and be amongst the first to rediscover the Cathedral’s amazing spaces. Kids Go Free until 31 October 2021 (T&Cs apply).
Visitor opening times (Cathedral and Precincts)
|Monday to Saturday||10.00 – 16.00 (Last admission at 15.00)|
|Sunday||12.30 – 16.00 (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. 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 2021|
|Adult (aged 18 and over):||£14.00 (inclusive of VAT). There is also the option to make an additional £3 donation to support our stewardship of the Cathedral|
|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.|
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.
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, please see Worship & Music
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.
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.