Regular worship times
For more than 1,400 years God has been worshipped in Canterbury Cathedral. There’s history in every chime of our bells, and passion in every note sang by our choir.
07.30 Monday - Friday
09.15 Weekends and Bank Holidays
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Counsel
12:00-13:00 Fridays, in The Holy Innocents Chapel (subject to change around events)
Outside of these time, Chaplains are always available should you want to speak with them.
|12.30 (Wednesdays and Feast Days only)
|Daily Choral Evensong or Said Evening Prayer with Organ Meditation*
|17.30 Monday - Sunday
|Sunday Choral Eucharist*
All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service.
*Live streamed online.
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.
Our services explained
Morning Prayer (Matins)
Morning Prayer is a service of prayer and praise to begin the day. A simple, said service which lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Regular evening service Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to change)
As the day begins with Morning Prayer, the day ends with an evening service of prayer and praise, using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. This is normally sung by the Cathedral Choir and the services lasts about 40 minutes.
When the members of the Cathedral Choir are taking a holiday, Evensong is usually sung by a visiting choir, but occasionally is replaced by said Evening Prayer.
Said Evening Prayer with Organ Meditation
Our regular Thursday evening service (subject to change)
As the day begins with Morning Prayer, the day ends with an evening service of prayer and praise, using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. This service comprises of said prayer with organ meditation, and lasts about 40 minutes.
In this service, which is also known as Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, or the Mass we give thanks over bread and wine for all that Jesus had done and continues to do for us and remember the meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died.
We have a said Eucharist service every day at 08.00 hrs and also at 12.30 hrs on Wednesdays and other special days in the church's calendar. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes.
On Sundays, we have a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 08.00 hrs and Sung Eucharist at 11.00 hrs.
The Sunday Sung Eucharist is a celebration of Holy Communion with beautiful hymns and songs, a choir, and usually a sermon. The service lasts for about an hour and 15 minutes.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Counsel
On Fridays, a priest is available for The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Counsel, in The Holy Innocents Chapel, 12:00-13:00 (subject to change around events).
This healing ministry of receiving God's loving forgiveness helps us to make a fresh start in our lives. Through the ministry of the priest we may also receive advice and counsel to help us overcome those sins that draw us away from God.
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.
Access for Services
The Cathedral is a medieval building on several levels and arrangements vary depending on the area of the Cathedral used or the format of the service. The Service Times, Music List or the Calendar will give information on the area used. The Facilities for Visitors with Disabilities leaflet gives details of routes to the different areas. Advance notice would be helpful, especially for special events, but staff and service stewards will always do their best to make suitable arrangements for anyone attending a service or event. To help us plan seating arrangements in advance, please telephone Cathedral House, at +44(0)1227 762862 during normal office hours. Alternatively, please email your requirements in advance to [email protected].
Large print copies of Orders of Service and Hymns are usually available; please ask the Virgers or Stewards on arrival.
Please contact the Visits Office for up-to-date information.
Yes. All baptised Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
Yes. Restrictions on singing no longer apply. Scientific research has shown that singing is no more risky than speaking at a similar volume.
Yes. There are a number of stands within the Cathedral where you can light a candle.
With every child and vulnerable adult that enters Canterbury Cathedral we have a duty of care and responsibility which we take seriously. We have policies in place to ensure we follow the principles for the whole Church of England. You can find our independent safeguarding audit here.
Yes, we welcome any support of the Cathedral. You can donate online, give at one of the contactless donation stands in the Cathedral, or make a cash donation into one of our collection boxes.
Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only, subject to limited availability. Please use the public car parks within the city.
Services and Music List
Our Services and Music List gives details of the music performed at Cathedral services, as well as names of choirs, preachers and where the service will take place.