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Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
01227 762 862
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Ranked #1 of 53 Attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, which served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine... more » Owner description: The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, which served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th century. « less
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I have no particular Faith, but the Cathedral is a truly inspiring place. The city is also beautiful for shopping, wandering and eating.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

You could be forgiven for thinking you were queuing up to go into Thorpe Park when you're presented with the entrance fee at the gate. Yet another Dean and Chapter money gabbing greedy exercise. Similar to how they would much rather have overpriced empty retail shops on Burgate than actually rent them out. £10.50 to go into your own Cathedral... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Going to Canterbury requires a whole-day-visit to the cathedral! This is one of the most beautiful places EVER, full of history, mystery and energy. You should not miss it. And please, rent one of those audio guides, they make ALL the difference in your experience!

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England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Having been here many years ago,(when there wasn't an entry fee) my wife & I decided to make a day out of a return visit. It is a splendid,beautiful Cathedral. However, my review is not for the Cathedral,is more of a pre-warning about the cost of entry. At over £10 each, its a cost to consider before going.There is nothing... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

£10.50pp to enter the church of ones faith, that is hard to swallow, the optional £5.00pp guided tour wow. So lets be honest this place is just another money earner business that is cashing in on tourisim and does not care about who they rip off. I would love to see the accounts of this place. The good news is... More

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Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Go the whole hog and have a Guide, It is an important cathedral and the guide brings it all to life - ours took us on a 2 hour trip through history. Expensive but you probably will only come here once.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic cathedral, the history of the place is amazing. We were there when a choir was practicing which added to the already ethereal atmosphere!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Such an awe inspiring place - especially when the organ started playing. Full of interesting little nooks and crannies and so much history!

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West Midlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I thought it was wrong to have to pay £9.50 to enter the house of Our Lord and as a pensioner I thought it was extortionate. If they had asked for a donation at the end of your visit that would have been acceptable but this is a church and you should not have to pay to go in. Architecturally... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Not as colourful or gilded as some cathedrals but the stonework is spectacular and it's very bright from the windows (some of the stained glass is quite spectacular). A lot of areas and details to explore plus it's a bit of a touristy setup (long experience from the pilgrim days?) so go ahead and take heaps of photos.

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