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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.





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)


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


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.

See what's on

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.


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. 


Find us

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.


Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
United Kingdom


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. 

Find out more


Planning your visit? Remember to check our closures.

Festival of Archaeology

at Canterbury Cathedral


This year, as part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology, we are delighted to be hosting a programme of events which share our passion for archaeology and history.

Join us to discover some of the fascinating stories which help to make the Cathedral such a special place and bring to life the communities who have lived here.

These events are for anyone who would like to explore more about these subjects; no previous knowledge is needed.

Saturday 13 July, 11:00-15:00 in the Cloisters

FREE* Family Fun Day


Drop-in activities, a mini-dig, crafts and more!


* Included free with a valid Cathedral Admission Ticket or Cathedral Pass. Children aged 17 and under go free (T&Cs apply).

TALKS: 'After Hours at the Archives'

What to expect

This experience offers a unique blend of engaging ambiance within the authentic and historical setting of Canterbury Cathedral’s Archives’ Reading Room.

Address: The Archives, Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

Meeting-point location: Flagpole in the Precincts (enter through Christchurch Gate)


Audience members are politely asked not to take photos or videos during the talk; however, we welcome photography once the talk has finished.

Late Arrivals

Attendees are asked to arrive at the flagpole in the Precincts no later that 18.15. Attendees arriving at the meeting-point location late and/or after the talk has begun will regrettably be denied entry.

Accessible Access

We will endeavour to ensure all ticket holders enjoy their experience to the best of our abilities.

The Archives Reading Room has a step free access route, and staff will be able to guide you to this route when you enter the Precinct.

Please note that in consideration of the health and safety regulations, only service dogs with valid accreditation are allowed on the premises.

Refunds and Exchanges

Please be advised that once a purchase is made, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges.

All sales are final, and your acquisition of a ticket for our archaeology talks signifies your acceptance of this policy and your comprehension of the inherent risks involved in such purchases.


There is no dedicated parking for this event and car parks in Canterbury will be busy.

Blue badge spaces are available within the Cathedral grounds, but these are subject to limited availability and advance booking.

We encourage visitors to walk or use public transport where possible.

Please leave plenty of time to find parking.


For the safety and security of all attendees, the event organisers reserve the right to conduct random bag checks at any time.

By entering the event premises, visitors consent to such searches and agree to cooperate with security personnel. Refusal to comply may result in denial of entry or removal from the event.

These measures are in place to ensure a safe environment for everyone, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in advance.


Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes are prohibited within the Archives. For those wishing to smoke, please speak to a member of staff who will direct you to the allocated smoking zones.


The Archives is a place of tranquillity and respect.

To ensure enjoyment for all visitors, we strictly prohibit disorderly behaviour within Cathedral premises. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, excessive noise, disruptive behaviour, damage to property, and disrespect towards other visitors or staff. Should a visitor engage in such behaviour, they will be approached by a member of our staff and politely asked to leave the premises.

We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining the serene atmosphere at the Cathedral.

TALKS: 'After Hours at the Archives


Where will I enter and exit?

Entry will be through the Christ Church Gate, located in the Buttermarket, and you will congregate at the flagpole in the Precincts. You will need to show your talk tickets to the member of staff who will meet you at the flagpole. Then you will be escorted to the Archives.

Exit will be escorted out of the Archives, back the way you entered.

What do I need to show when I arrive?

When you purchase your talk ticket, you will be sent an email confirmation, which serves as your ticket. Please bring this with you – either on your phone or as a printout – and show it to Cathedral staff when you arrive.

We advise that you take a screenshot of your ticket on your phone, so that you don’t have to worry about internet signal when arriving.

Be sure to check the date of your tickets/email confirmation to ensure you do not attend the wrong talk.

Can I arrive earlier or later than the event start time?

The Cathedral Precincts are open for free from 17.00 so you have the opportunity to explore the grounds before the talk, or to attend the Evensong service beginning at 17.30. However, please note that attendees are asked to be at the flagpole in the Precincts no later than 18.15. Attendees arriving at the meeting-point location late and/or after the talk has begun will regrettably be denied entry.

I have purchased the wrong ticket, can I exchange it?

While we cannot offer a refund, we may be able to offer an exchange depending on your specific situation.

We encourage you to contact our Visits Office to discuss any issues you may have, and we'll do our best to assist you. [email protected]

Is the ticket price the same for all ages?

Yes, the ticket price is £5.00.

Does my talk ticket allow me entry into the Cathedral?

No, your talk ticket will only allow you access into the Archives Reading Room for the exclusive evening archaeology themed talk.

You will need a valid Cathedral Admission Ticket or Cathedral Pass to explore inside the Cathedral during visiting hours. Please see ticketing information and opening times here.

Do you have toilets?

Yes. These are located in the Cathedral grounds towards the south-east end of the Lodge car park, opposite the War Horse statue. The Archives also have toilets, and these will be pointed out to you on arrival into the Reading Room.

Are dogs allowed?

Only assistance dogs are permitted within the event.

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