29 January - 10 March 2024
FREE entry to Canterbury Cathedral Precincts
Enjoy free entry to large parts of the Cathedral’s Precincts daily from 9am to 9pm during our Free Precincts Trial (29 January - 10 March 2024).
Sightseers will only need to pay to enter the Cathedral building and areas including the Cloisters, Herb Garden and Chapter House during standard sightseeing hours.
There have been 105 Archbishops of Canterbury, beginning with St Augustine in 597 AD.
The current Archbishop is The Most Reverend, Justin Welby.
Bell Harry Tower (the tallest point of the Cathedral) is 250 feet in height from the ground – that’s the same as 15 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other!
The Cloister ceiling contains over 800 bosses featuring heraldy and crests from families who contributed towards it’s reconstruction.
If you look closely, you can spot a hare, a starfish and even a mermaid!
We need your help!
Our bestiary (a book about animals) was written and decorated over 700 years ago – but was never finished. Some animals were never illustrated, and some of the illustrations were never coloured.
Can you help us by colouring in the animals?
The illustrations can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Simply print them out and keep your little artists happy whilst on your visit.
We’d love to see your finished work. Share them on social media by tagging @cburycathedral on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
We're dog friendly!
Visitors can bring their well-behaved four-legged friends into the Cathedral building and grounds.
- Dogs must be on a short lead at all times.
- Owners must clean up after their dogs.
- Unfortunately, dogs aren’t able to accompany their owners on a guided tour or mini talk.
- Only assistance dogs are permitted at services.
- Dog bins are available.
Sunday mornings during term time
Our Sunday Club is held in the Water Tower at 11am on Sundays during term time. Children aged between 0 and 13 are very welcome to join us whilst the 11am Eucharist service takes place.
Parents/carers must stay with children who are under school age. Meet in the North Transept at the start of the service. No booking required.
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If you look, of the millions who have visited and worked here, many have left a trace to be seen.