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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.

 

 

Adult

£15.50

 

Children (under 17)

Free

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

Free

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.

Services

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. 

Explore 

Stay at the Cathedral Lodge

A unique and contemporary hotel, situated within the private grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. In a peaceful environment but only a couple of minutes’ walk to Canterbury's many attractions.

 

Prices from £102

Go to bed and wake up the next morning enjoying the breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral from your bedroom window!

Directions 

Located within a beautiful and inspirational environment, in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral.

Get directions

Meetings and events 

Our modern conference centre at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge offers meeting delegates a truly memorable event. We also offer brides a very special and truly unique wedding reception venue.

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.

Address

Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Parking 

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

Donate

Your donations directly contribute to the Cathedral’s conservation – providing a space of worship, learning and fun for generations to come. Thank you, from all at Canterbury Cathedral, for considering supporting us in this way.

 

 

How can you help

It costs around £20,000 per day to ensure the Cathedral is a safe and beautiful place to visit and worship in. Your generosity helps not only with the upkeep of the Cathedral, but grants us the opportunity to keep serving our local, national, and international community.

See how you can get involved

Make a donation

We rely on the support of our incredible donors to sustain this magnificent building, where even the smallest of contributions can help in the biggest ways.

Fundraising

There are lots of ways you can raise money for Canterbury Cathedral. From organising a fundraiser with friends and family, to holding a sponsored event, or even taking on a personal challenge.

Boy Choristers

About the Choir

The Cathedral’s 25 boy choristers are aged between 8 and 13.

Resident at Choir House, an ancient and beautiful building next to the Cathedral, and attending St Edmund’s School, they enjoy a fulfilling all-round education, supported by scholarships provided by the Cathedral. All boy choristers study two musical instruments and receive weekly theory lessons.

Boy Choristers

Join the Choir

To become a boy chorister is to share a common identity with other musicians in the choir, and to enjoy the pastoral and emotional support that such an experience affords. The Cathedral’s music staff undertake to train and inspire young people, of all backgrounds, so that they get the best out of their time in the choir.

Ideal candidates should love to sing and possess a good natural ear; from that point, Cathedral music staff undertake to develop boys’ confidence so that they are able to flourish musically, as well as enjoying the challenge and reward of being part of a high-performing team.

For further information about joining the choir, please contact Director of Music David Newsholme.

Why become a chorister?

Being a chorister arguably gives boys between the ages of 8-13 access to the best possible musical education. As well as enriching their musical knowledge, the experience teaches valuable skills of independence, organisation and dedication; it also boosts confidence and the capacity to work as part of a team: these are skills that will serve them in good stead, no matter what path they choose to pursue in later life.

In the more immediate term, the experience will allow these young people to

  • Make new friends
  • Sing regularly in front of large audiences
  • Tour and to make recordings
  • Sing on TV and Radio

The experience will also provide them with:

  • Weekly singing lessons
  • Instrumental lessons
  • Music theory lessons
  • Transport to and from school
  • A world-class musical education and choral training
  • Excellent pastoral care and support

Typical Weekly Singing Schedule

Boy choristers generally sing at five services each week, usually alongside the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars (adult singers) of the Choir. Additionally, there are frequent opportunities to take part in a wide range of additional activities, including tours, broadcasts, and recordings.

Monday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (boys only)
  • 16.45-17.20 Rehearsal (boys and adults)
  • 17.30-18.15 Evensong (boys and adults)
 
Tuesday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (boys only)
  • 16.45-17.20 Rehearsal (boys and adults)
  • 17.30-18.15 Evensong (boys and adults)
 
Wednesday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (boys only)
 

Thursday

  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (boys only)
  • 16.45-17.20 Rehearsal (boys only)
  • 17.30-18.15 Evensong (boys only)
 

Friday

  • No singing duties
 

Saturday

  • 16.00-17.20 Rehearsal (boys and adults)
  • 17.30-18.15 Evensong (boys and adults)
 

Sunday

  • 9.45-10.45 Rehearsal (boys and adults)
  • 11.00-12.15 Eucharist (boys and adults)
 

 

Probationers

New choristers spend their first year ‘learning the ropes’ as probationers. This year is designed to be a carefully graded introduction to the life of a chorister, with a view to laying secure musical foundations and ensuring the wellbeing of new members of the choir.

During their first year, probationers generally rehearse in a small group, beginning to develop vocal technique and being introduced gradually to some of the core repertoire that they will encounter in the subsequent years.

On Thursdays, the probationers sing with the choristers at the morning practice, and join them again at Evensong which, on this day of the week, is sung by boys alone (i.e. without adult singers). On these occasions, a younger boy will be mentored by an older chorister, sometimes even sharing a copy until they become more familiar with the pattern of the services.

The modelling from and support of the older boys is a huge part of this training, and helps to engender that sense of a team ethos, and a professional respect for one another’s efforts and abilities. It is the fine balance of individual study, of practising in small groups, and of observing and sharing in the learning of their older peers that creates the atmosphere of supportive industry that we seek to foster.

Probationers do not generally have choir commitments at the weekends or during the school holidays, and are free to go home at these times.

As the year progresses, probationers will take an increasing part in the singing of services, depending on the particular development and needs of that year’s cohort, thus allowing us to provide them with the most appropriate training for their needs.

A typical weekly singing schedule for probationer choristers at the beginning of their first year is as follows:

Monday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (probationers only)
 
Tuesday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (probationers only)
 
Wednesday
  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (probationers only)
 

Thursday

  • 7.35-8.35 Rehearsal (with the choristers)
  • 16.45-17.20 Rehearsal (with the choristers)
  • 17.30-18.15 Evensong (with the choristers)
 

Friday

  • No singing duties
 

 

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