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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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Despite the crowds, it is a beautiful building with lots of quiet corners and surprising features. Would need to go again and spend more time I think.

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Simply the best cathedral architecture i have ever seen - totally worth the hype! And lucky enough to be there during the Morris Hop Hoodening service too! Morris dancing in the cathedral all in the name of beer :-)

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've lived in the City all my life and visit the Cathedral on a regular basis - never tire of it. Amazing architecture and atmosphere.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the Cathedral while on a day trip from London. Our guide gave us a descriptive narrative of how it came to be. What we found especially interesting were the Beckett windows which were designed around stories about how Beckett did miraculous things, like bringing people back to life. There are docents working in the Cathedral who are also... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed walking around the grounds and through the cloisters on Saturday evening, then came back for Matins the following morning. It is always humbling to be able to partake in worship in a place like this.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

One can't visit Canterbury and not see the Cathedral! Wonderful building oozing history in every piece of stone and stained glass. Currently undergoing some repair work to a huge wall and window on the south side, due to be finished in 2015 - amazing skills at work in the restoration project ... and the cleaning of everywhere is making it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Went to this cathedral on our last day. what made this day so special was a Funeral that afternoon in the Quire area. The Prelim was the full procession of people then the coffin. normal for a funeral--then the Choir and organ started up. this filled the whole place with beautiful song and music. Totally unexpected but worth hanging around... More

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midlands uk
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Having been before we wanted to just walk around the cathedral only to find they now charge a ridiculous £10-50 each to do so.(for that you can presumably also go inside?) We declined & later when passing found that after 5-30 pm the gates are opened & you are then able to walk the outside of it for free.

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Canterbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Uk. having a young daughter who loves her history, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon viewing over 800 years of history. I recommend doing the audio tour as it brings so much to life that you would normally walk past.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

a truly amazing cathedral. attending the hop service on 13th Sept and thoroughly enjoyed the 'harvest supper' style hymns and sermon. Toured the cathedral whilst there but found the number of teenage school visitors from overseas annoying...all using their cameras /phones and barging in front of you to 'capture' pictures. Hard to sometimes get the chance to have a moment... More

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