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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. 

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Planning your visit? Remember to check our closures.


What is Pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a devotional practice which consists of making a special journey to a place of spiritual significance.

The reasons people take the pilgrim road are varied. For some it is to deepen their faith and knowledge of God, for others it is to reflect on change in their lives or to seek healing, while for others it is an opportunity to reengage with the natural world and themselves through human encounters and the challenge that the journey often brings. 

A pilgrimage is inherently a transient experience as the pilgrim leaves the comfort of their home to embark on the new and unknown. It blends a spiritual purpose with physical practice that often leaves the pilgrim changed by their encounters and experiences. A pilgrimage can involve either a short or long journey and it may be in a group or alone, through the countryside or cityscape and can be done on foot, by bicycle, car or horse. 

The destination is a place of significance. Most pilgrim routes follow ancient paths, taking people to places made holy by events that have happened there, in the footsteps of those who have gone before them or which have an inherent spiritual significance.


Why Canterbury?

For over a thousand years, Canterbury Cathedral has been a place of significant pilgrimage. Whether this was to honour the bravery of St Alphege or to receive the healing water of St Thomas, pilgrims have journeyed to Canterbury along numerous pilgrim paths which crisscross the Weald and Down as they head east. 

Perhaps the most famous of these are the fictitious pilgrims of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales who followed the road from Southwark to the shrine of St Thomas at Canterbury, telling tales along the way. 

Today, pilgrims still follow the Pilgrim’s Way but now it is a designated route, one coming down from Southwark and the other across from Winchester. Two further pilgrimage routes have been added to this: the Augustine Camino which marks Augustine’s landing in Kent in 597 and journey to Canterbury, and the Via Francigina which follows in the steps of Archbishop Sigeric to Rome to collect his pallium.


A Modern Welcome

Canterbury Cathedral welcomes thousands of people every year, both setting out on, and finishing, their journey of pilgrimage.

The Cathedral is the destination for those who travel along the pilgrim paths from Winchester and Rochester. It is also the beginning of the Via Francigena route to Rome. If you are planning to complete the Via Francigena, please check with your chosen ferry company in advance of travelling whether they accept foot passengers or require advance booking.

Whatever the reason for your pilgrimage, we’d like to mark it with you. Priests are available throughout the day to offer a pilgrim blessing to those who are setting out and to offer prayers of thanksgiving for those who are arriving.

If you know in advance when you will be at the Cathedral, please get in touch with our Visits Office so that arrangements can be made. If you’re unable to do that, please ask a member of staff when you arrive and we’ll do our very best to find a priest to meet you.

Pilgrim’s Pass and other printed pilgrimage materials are distributed to pilgrims who come to the Cathedral.

May your journey be in peace and safety, may you have good company on the way and joy in your arriving. And don’t forget – the end is also a beginning!

For individuals and groups

Paths to Pilgrimage

Whilst it is always free to come to Canterbury Cathedral on pilgrimage, to attend services of worship, and to pray, with our ‘Path to Pilgrimage’ options, we invite you to build and tailor your experience to your unique needs and interests.

Immerse yourself in the religious significance of this holy place, attending our services and interacting closely with our clergy, whilst staying at our Cathedral Lodge hotel, within the Cathedral Precincts.

You may also choose to enhance your time here with experiences such as a guided pilgrimage through Canterbury, a UNESCO site tour, or a Cathedral tour.

With our range of specialised tours you can discover the stories from our 1,400 years of history or go behind the scenes to experience the inner workings of the Cathedral, and meet our skilled staff who work to preserve and develop this special place for the future.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Cathedral.

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