Prepare for your visit
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).
Download a free guide
Download our free Guide to your phone to better enjoy and understand the significant spaces you’ll see during your visit:
- Click here to download our main visitor route leaflet (PDF)
- Click here to download our accessible route leaflet (PDF)
- Information for children visiting Canterbury Cathedral (PDF)
One of the great treasurers in the Cathedral’s Archives and Library is a book about animals called a ‘bestiary’. This lovely book was written in Latin and decorated over 700 years ago, all by hand. The book was never finished: some animals were never illustrated, and some of the illustrations were never coloured. Help us by adding some colour to these images, as well as those from Gerard’s ‘Herbal’, Gessner’s work on animals and Dart’s ‘History and Antiquities’. Click here to download the colouring sheets (PDF).
Podcasts: ‘Cathedral Stories’
An ideal way to prepare for your visit, our Cathedral Stories podcast series gives you an insight into the events and people who have helped to shape and mould the Cathedral, the moments it has witnessed, and how what you see at the Cathedral today reflects all the people and ideas that have gone before. Click here to listen to the episodes to learn more of the Cathedral’s fascinating history before you arrive.
Take a virtual tour of Canterbury Cathedral and enjoy a 360 degree view of the magnificent building, including a unique opportunity to explore the views from Bell Harry tower. Click here to launch the tour.
Conservation and restoration work
The Canterbury Journey is addressing urgent restoration and conservation needs. This means that scaffolding and sounds of construction will be noticeable when you visit us. You will still find peace and beauty today within vast spaces unaffected by the works.
The Cathedral was in a similar position when Chaucer’s Pilgrims left Southwark for Canterbury, with construction in the Nave and the sound of masons’ chisels hammering on stone. Visiting now gives a once in a lifetime chance to appreciate how amazing it is that such a huge building was constructed without our modern equipment and army of craftspeople, engineers, architects and consultants.