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General Service Times

General Service Times

UPDATE: Tier 3 opening

From Wednesday 2nd December, in line with new Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, the Cathedral will be open for public services of worship and private prayer. Our daily online worship will also continue.

The Cathedral will be closed to visitors but the Precincts will be open to the public, free of charge, as an outside space for exercise.

Our Cathedral Shop will also be open each day. The Cathedral Lodge and Library reading room will remain closed.

Open for private prayer

The Cathedral will be open for private prayer from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 - 16.00 on Sundays. Track and trace procedures will be followed for entry for private prayer, and you will be asked for your contact details upon entry to the Cathedral.

Precincts open for exercise

The south side of the Precincts will be open to the public, free of charge, as an outside space for exercise from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 - 16.00 on Sundays. Track and trace details are not required for those who are only walking through the Precincts.

Cathedral Shop open

Our Shop in the Precincts will be open from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 – 16.00 on Sundays. We also offer Click and Collect and worldwide shipping via our online shop.

Help and support

The Cathedral supports Porchlight and Canterbury Food Bank. Visit their sites to get involved or to discover the help and support available.

Daily worship: services within the Cathedral from 2nd December 2020


Book of Common Prayer Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Sung Eucharist (Nave) – pre-booking required (click here to book online)* 10.30
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30

Monday - Friday

Matins (Jesus Chapel) 07.30
Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30


Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30
You must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. * Even when tickets run out for our 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, we may have space to admit those who show up on the day on a first-come first-served basis.

Daily worship: online services

The following services are broadcast on our homepage and on the Cathedral's YouTube channel.
Morning Prayer by 10.00 each day
Evening Prayer by 17.30 each day
Choral Evensong Live stream at 17.30 each day
Sunday Eucharist Live stream at 10.30
Sunday Compline by 20.00
To receive notifications when new videos are available, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Christmas worship

If in-person worship at Christmas is permitted within coronavirus guidelines, the Cathedral will also hold special services as follows:

Thursday 24 December:

  • 17.30, Choral Evensong with Carols

Friday 25 December:

  • 08.00, Said Book of Common Prayer Communion
  • 09.00, Sung Eucharist with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Boys’ and Men’s voices)
  • 11.30, Sung Eucharist with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Girls’ voices)
  • 15.00, Choral Evensong (Boys’ and Men’s voices)

Tuesday 29 December:

  • 17.30, Choral Evensong: Martyrdom of St Thomas

Because of social distancing requirements there is very limited capacity at all these services. Entry will be by pre-booked (free) ticket only.

Tickets will be available online on a first-come-first-served basis and will be released at 19.00 on Monday 7th December with the link to apply for them here on the Cathedral website.

Please be considerate of others and only book tickets for one of the Christmas services. Each service will be available to watch online via the Cathedral website.

The Cathedral will also be producing Online Carol Services for Christmas, which will be available on our website. Other in-person worship over the Christmas season, if allowed, will continue according to the regular schedule.

For a full list of all services, please visit the What’s On Calendar View.

Read our Worship FAQs to prepare and to find out what you can expect from us – and what we request of you – to ensure a safe experience.

There is a charge to visit the Cathedral outside of service times, but it is always free to attend a service, and all are welcome.


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