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Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
01227 762 862
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Ranked #1 of 52 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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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Obviously the main attraction in Canterbury. Signboards and guide maps make it easy to navigate on your own. Well worth the entry fee.

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Naples, F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We visited a few cathedrals in England, and prioritized visiting Canterbury because of the martydom of Thomas Beckett who was assassinated for standing up to the King Henry II who stated roughly "Will no one rid me of this priest." There is no question that the King was angered at the integrity and unwillingness of Beckett to submit to the... More

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

You really can’t go back. We last visited in 1998. Oh yes, the Cathedral is still the same, but the surrounds and approach are quite different after 16 years. Old streets are now lined with modern buildings and retailers. Not the same as last time. Of course we were there on a Saturday so all the locals were out and... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the Anglican faith's Mother church and took part in a service there. Afterwards I visited the crypt where I lit a candle for my friends and family. This was all very meaningful for me but visiting the place where Thomas of Canterbury was martyred was even more so. The guides are very clued up and willing to... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

In my view, second only to Westminster Abbey. Be sure to explore the entire grounds and walk all around the Cathedral. Photography friendly. No lines and no crowds. Visit the outside after dark to see the beautiful lighting.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Try and see it at night when illuminated. Also, do the audio tour - well worth it for the extra information and you can wander round at your own pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We loved the children friendly tours which kept the children looking and exploring to find the items on their list. The volunteers were engaging and interesting and very knowledgeable.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My grandaughter now lives in Kent, I was staying with her for a few days so she took me for a day to Canterbury so I could visit the Cathedral.It is wonderful. The architecture, paintings, tombs, stained glass windows beautiful.I was thrilled to see the tomb of The Black Prince as I had seen a TV programme about him not... More

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Cambridgeshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our look around the cathedral. Unable to look in the crypt because of a wedding but got to see the bride walk a very way down the cathedral to get to the crypt. Interesting if you like lots of reading. Enjoyed the visit but a bit expensive for what we wanted to see.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed visiting the amazing church on a wet day in August. The queue was about 15mins so not too bad and well worth the wait. Had at great Cornish pasty in town and also visited the old jail sight. A pretty town easy to get to from the railway.

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