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Tickets and opening times

We can’t wait to welcome you to Canterbury Cathedral. Tickets can be booked online or are available to buy on the day at our visitor centre. Please check our website prior to your visit as opening times may be subject to change.

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.

 

 

Adult

£17.00

Our standard visitor ticket is valid for 12 months, meaning you can re-visit the Cathedral as often as you want during that time at no extra cost.

Children (aged 17 and under)

Free

Children go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. (Max 2 children per paying adult; does not apply to group bookings or school visits). Children must be accompanied at all times.

 

Canterbury Students

Free

Students studying full-time at local universities - Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, 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.
  • Discount applies to tickets bought on the door at our Visitor Centre only. Discount is not available for online booking. Standard price admission tickets cannot be refunded and exchanged for discounted tickets.
  • Valid until 31 March 2025. T&Cs apply.

Cathedral Pass

Locals can enjoy unlimited visits for the equivalent of just 10p per month!

You may be eligible for a Cathedral Pass if you:

  • work in the old city of Canterbury
  • live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower, including within The Precincts
  • are a member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • are immediate family of a Cathedral staff member
  • are a member of any church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll or equivalent)

Our Cathedral Pass cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or offers.

Apply for The Cathedral Pass

Event calendar

Have a look at the range of events Canterbury Cathedral has on offer below.

 

 

What's on

There’s something for everyone – see what exciting events are currently taking place.

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Service times

Daily Eucharist   08:00
Lunchtime Eucharist   12:30 (Wednesdays and Feast Days only)
Daily Choral Evensong or Said Evening Prayer with Organ Meditation*   17:30
Sunday Choral Eucharist*  11:00
All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. *Live streamed online.

Services

Online worship

Every day the Cathedral’s services are broadcast on our YouTube channel. It’s perfect for when you are unable to be here in person. 

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We can't wait to welcome you to the Cathedral

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 ground and Shop only. the Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

Address

Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Parking 

Parking in the Cathedral grounds is only available for Blue Badge holders, subject to limited availability and prior arrangement. There are several public car parks nearby. 

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Planning your visit? Remember to check our closures.

Plan your visit

Upcoming Closures

The Cathedral plays an active role in the community and it, or parts of it, are at times closed for general visiting due to services, special events or for conservation work to be carried out. Therefore, please always check our opening times and closures before visiting.

The Cathedral and Precincts are huge so, even when parts of the Cathedral are closed for visiting, there will be plenty for you to explore. 

Closures by month

The following list includes our forthcoming closures. Please contact our Visits Office with any questions about your visit.

Friday 03- The Crypt 

The Crypt will be closed until 12:30 for a funeral service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Saturday 04- St Gabriel's Chapel

St Gabriel's Chapel will be closed from 10:30 until 14:00 for a wedding service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Wednesday 08- The Nave, Martyrdom, and Southwest Transept

The Nave, Martyrdom, and Southwest Transept will be closed from 12:00 for a private service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Saturday 11- The Nave, Martyrdom, and Southwest Transept

The Nave Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and the Chapter House will be closed until 12:30 for the service commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to Priesthood. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Thursday 16- The Cathedral and the Eastern Crypt

There will be organ tuning all day today. There will not be any closures, but this can be audibly disruptive. Ear defenders can be borrowed from our Visitor Centre if this will make your visit more comfortable. 

The Eastern Crypt will be closed from 13:00 today, with last admission at 12:30, for a Memorial Service. The rest of the Cathedral, including the Western Crypt remains open. Tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Saturday 25- The Crypt 

The Crypt will be closed from 10:30 until 14:00 for a wedding service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

Saturday 01- The Chapter House 

The Chapter House will be closed from 12:00 today. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Wednesday 05- The Chapter House

The Chapter House will be closed from 15:30 today. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre.

 

Tuesday 18- Cathedral

There will be organ tuning taking place today. There will be no closures but this can be audibly disruptive. Please ask our Visitor Centre to borrow some ear defenders if these would benefit your visit.

 

Thursday 20- The Quire and Trinity Chapel

The Quire and Trinity Chapel will be closed until 11:00 for a private service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Saturday 22-The Chapter House 

The Chapter House will be closed all day today. The rest of the Cathedral remains open for visiting and tickets can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Saturday 29- The Cathedral 

There may be a large closure today, but some of the Cathedral will remain open. We cannot yet confirm the details of these closures, but tickets and more information will be available by mid-June. 

Tuesday 02- Central Quire

The Central Quire will be closed all day today. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Thursday 04- The Nave, Quire, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept, and Trinity Chapel. 

The Nave, Quire, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept, and Trinity Chapel will be closed until 13:00 for a large private service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting will be available on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Friday 05- The Eastern Crypt

The Eastern Crypt will be closed from 13:00-13:40 today for a private service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre.

 

Sunday 07- Central Quire

The Central Quire will be closed all day today. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased online or on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Friday 12- The Nave, Martyrdom, and Southwest Transept

The Nave, Martyrdom, and Southwest Transept are likely to be closed today for a large service. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. More details should be available by Mid-June. 

 

Monday 22- The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House

The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House will be closed all day today for graduation services. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Tuesday 23- The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House

The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House will be closed all day today for graduation services. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Wednesday 24- The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House

The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House will be closed all day today for graduation services. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Thursday 25 The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House

The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House will be closed all day today for graduation services. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

Friday 26- The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House

The Nave, Martyrdom, Southwest Transept and Chapter House will be closed all day today for graduation services. The rest of the Cathedral remains open and tickets for visiting can be purchased on arrival at our Visitor Centre. 

 

 

22- The Crypt

The Crypt is likely to have a partial closure today for a wedding ceremony, but this will not confirmed until nearer the time. Tickets will be available for visiting on arrival at the Visitor Centre. 

 

23- The Crypt 

The Crypt is likely to have a partial closure today for a wedding ceremony, but this will not confirmed until nearer the time. Tickets will be available for visiting on arrival at the Visitor Centre. 

 

29-The Cathedral

There will be organ tuning today throughout the Cathedral. This does not pose any closures but it can be audibly disruptive. If this impacts your visit, there are ear defenders available to borrow from our Visitor Centre. 

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