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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.

Mon 19 & Sat 31 August

Outdoor Theatre at the Cathedral

by Immersion Theatre


Not-to-be-missed performances in the Cathedral grounds by multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre.

Bring a blanket and a picnic to make the evening even more enjoyable!


Mon 19 August, 13:00 (All must be seated by 12:45)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This hilarious adaptation sees Shakespeare’s fantastical characters brought vividly to life as audiences are transported to an enchanting world bursting with magic, romance, and of course, heaps of laugh-out-loud comedy! Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors, and a magical realm populated by mischievous spirits set on causing mayhem at every turn culminate in an unparalleled open-air experience of beauty and hilarity.

Multi award-nominated Immersion Theatre have developed a reputation for producing first class, fast-paced adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. This is Shakespeare as it’s meant to be: interactive, fun, and highly accessible! 

Suitable for ages 8+

£17.00 per person. Under 3’s go free.

Entry time: Entry into the Deanery Garden from 12:00.

Start time: 13:00, visitors must be seated by 12:45.

Running time: 110 minutes, including interval

Accessibility: Step-free access into the garden. We welcome service dogs only at our event. Please note that in consideration of the health and safety regulations, only service dogs with valid accreditation are allowed on the premises.

Sat 31 August, 16:30 (All must be seated by 16:15)

Peter Pan

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, Peter Pan.

Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing Wendy Darling to the Lost Boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!

Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, and a laugh-a-minute script, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout…You’ll be HOOKED!

Suitable for ages 4+

£17.00 per person. Under 3’s go free.

Entry time: Entry into the Deanery Garden from 15:30.

Start time: 16:30, visitors must be seated by 16:15.

Running time: 100 minutes, including interval.

Accessibility: Step-free access into the garden. We welcome service dogs only at our event. Please note that in consideration of the health and safety regulations, only service dogs with valid accreditation are allowed on the premises.

What to expect

This family-friendly outdoor theatre experience offers a unique blend of engaging entertainment and relaxation in the natural setting of the Deanery Garden.

This experience encourages picnicking and casual seating arrangements, so please bring a blanket and some snacks. Alternatively, light refreshments will be available to purchase.


Address: The Deanery Garden, Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH

Event Timings

The Deanery Garden welcomes visitors one hour prior to the start of the performance. It is required for all attendees to take their seats a quarter of an hour before the commencement of the first act.

Please be aware that this is a very popular event and our team will be working hard to admit visitors as punctually as possible, as such we ask that visitors be patient and work with our stewards, so that everybody can enjoy the event.


Audience members are politely asked not to take photos or videos of the performance or of the Deanery Garden.

Late Arrivals

To preserve the atmosphere of the performance and the viewing experience, attendees arriving over 15 minutes after the performance 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 Deanery Garden has a step free access route, and stewards will be able to guide you to this route when you enter the grounds.

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 open-air events 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 Deanery Garden. For those wishing to smoke, please speak to a steward who will direct you to the allocated smoking zones.


The Deanery Garden is a place of tranquillity and respect.

To ensure enjoyment for all visitors, we strictly prohibit disorderly behaviour within the garden's 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 behavior, 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 of the Deanery Garden.


Where will I enter and exit?

Entry will be through the Christ Church Gate, located in the Buttermarket. You will need to show your theatre tickets here to enter the Cathedral grounds and will then be directed to the queue outside the Deanery Garden. Tickets will be checked twice to ensure you have the correct show.

Exit out of the Deanery Garden is back the way you entered.

What do I need to show when I arrive?

When you purchase your theatre 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 print out – 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 production.

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

Early entry is permitted an hour before the show begins. To preserve the atmosphere of the performance and the viewing experience, attendees arriving over 15 minutes after the performance has started will regrettably be denied entry.

The Deanery Garden closes 30 minutes after the performance finishes.

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 £17.00 per person. However, under 3’s go free.

Does my theatre ticket allow me entry into the Cathedral?

No, your theatre ticket will only allow you access into the Deanery Garden for the theatre production.

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

Will I have to queue?

Queues are likely for this event, but we will do our best to get everyone admitted quickly and as safely as possible. When you arrive, please join the relevant queue, or as directed by staff.

Please dress for the weather. Due to the architecture of the Cathedral, sensible shoes are also advised.

What happens if it rains?

In the event of rain, our outdoor summer events will continue as planned, embracing the unpredictability of nature.

We do not cancel shows in advance due to weather forecasts, as conditions can improve unexpectedly. Should inclement weather occur, we may pause and resume the performance up to three times or delay the start by an hour.

Decisions regarding show alterations are made close to the performance time. While we aim to carry out each event, we do not offer refunds for shows affected by weather. However, we prioritize safety; severe conditions like heavy rain or lightning may lead us to suspend the event, with the possibility of resuming if conditions improve.

If continuation is deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made in collaboration with the venue and theatre management, and only then will a refund be considered.

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.

Are dogs allowed?

Only assistance dogs are permitted within the event.

If you have any questions about this event, your booking or the venue, please get in touch at [email protected]  or by calling 01227 865279.

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