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Canterbury Cathedral

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Address: The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
Phone Number: 01227 762 862
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates...
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.
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So much history!

We have now seen several churches/cathedrals/abbeys/basilicas in our travels...and this one didn't disappoint! The connection to Thomas Beckett gives it particular historical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We cannot comment about the price of admission, as we stayed in the Lodge on site and were therefore entitled to free entry. Overall they are not making the best of the building. Signage is non-existent and you really need to pay extra £5 for the guided tour. Compared to other cathedrals, e.g. York Minster and Salisbury it lacks any... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We have now seen several churches/cathedrals/abbeys/basilicas in our travels...and this one didn't disappoint! The connection to Thomas Beckett gives it particular historical significance. It's not grand like Westminster Abbey, but in it's own right it is exceptional.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

expensive and busy,gardens are lovely, really handy if its rainy outside, you can keep dry in the cathedral.

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Paris, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

so high and so beautiful! so many stained glasses (old and new) and stones are cleaned so it's really bright.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The cathedral and grounds are amazing. Some of the tombs and wall paintings are so old and are emersed in history. The crypt has a special atmospher and you can almost feel what it was like all those years ago. You must go if in Canterbury. Loved the Black Princes clothes and armour on display.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A visit to Canterbury Cathedral is a "must do" thing when sightseeing in that City. The building is very impressive with spectacular vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. There is an ongoing maintenance & repair scheme in operation which will last many years and for which there is currently an appeal for millions of pounds. Her Majesty The Queen and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I think this is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen. It is really breath taking. We spent two hours walking, slowly, round enjoying the fantastic architecture. I particularly marvelled at how the stone floor has worn, from millions of visitors feet, over the centuries. We will go again!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is one place to enjoy fully at ease. The streets which leads to this place looks very typical European and very live. There are plenty of places to eat around and shop. The Cathedral has two parts - Old and relatively new. The place is big and need at least 3-4 hours to see places inside and outside Cathedral.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Gothic and Victorian buildings beautifully maintained stained glass windows regally maintained grounds - what's not to like about this cathedral! Went as a part of coach tour so didn't pay for the entry. Spent time just gazing in awe at the ceiling pillars walls and windows.. Being a Hindu i was keenly reminded of our own periya kovil and sreerangam... More 

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Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Attended a morning service in the East wing Jesus Chapel as it is expensive to go just for a look round.If you attend a service you get to look round after @ no cost and the pleasure of the service if that's what you like.You do have to show up 30mins before start of service and check in with a... More 

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