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Opening Times & Entry Charges

Opening Times & Entry Charges

2021 - 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 10.00 – 17.00 (Last admission at 16.00)
Sunday 12.30 – 17.00 (Last admission at 16.00)

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 2022
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.
English Heritage members 20% discount on visitor entry between 1 October and 31 March only. 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 all year. T&Cs apply.


Timed entry tickets can be pre-booked online via our website. Click here to book your tickets.

It is also possible to buy tickets at our Visitor Centre when you arrive at the Cathedral.

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

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.

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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