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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 ground 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 (under 17)


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.
  • Discounts 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.
  • English Heritage members can also claim a 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop, online and in store. Valid until 31 March 2023. 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*   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. 

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Adult Singers

About the Choir

The Cathedral Choir currently includes twelve adult singers; eight Lay Clerks and four Choral Scholars, who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts.

Evensong is sung by the Cathedral’s adult singers alone every Friday afternoon.

Lay Clerks

The Lay Clerks are a team of professional adult singers who provide the alto, tenor and bass parts for the wide-ranging choral repertory of the Cathedral Choir.


The Lay Clerks continue a long tradition of adult singing in the Cathedral that extends back in name to the period following the English Reformation of the 1540s, and who became in effect the successors of the monastic singers who would have enhanced the worship in the building throughout the Medieval period. Notable holders of Lay Clerkships at Canterbury in the past have included the great 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis, and the celebrated 20th-century countertenor Alfred Deller.


Today’s Lay Clerks bring a wealth of experience to the music and liturgy of Canterbury Cathedral, with many active in other musical arenas such as teaching, composing, performing, academic research and conducting, as well as working in a variety of non-musical professions alongside their Cathedral duties.

Choral Scholars

Since September 2021, the Lay Clerks have been joined by four Choral Scholars.

These outstanding early-career singers spend a year in Canterbury, where they are given the opportunity to develop their musical talents and career ambitions, while enriching the musical life of the Cathedral by singing at services and events as an integral part of the Cathedral Choir.  The Scholars also participate in engagement work with the many communities that the Cathedral serves, including recent workshops for local schools held in partnership with Glyndebourne and the Marlowe Theatre.

The Choral Scholars initiative is being funded through the generosity of our supporters, including the Benefact Trust. For more information on how you can contribute, please contact [email protected]

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