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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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Place full of history

Fantastic time spent in the cathedral, we paid for the guided tour and she was very knowledgable about the history of the cathedral and of course the murder of Thomas Beckett.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic time spent in the cathedral, we paid for the guided tour and she was very knowledgable about the history of the cathedral and of course the murder of Thomas Beckett.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We arrived at Canterbury Cathedral later than planned, ate a lite lunch in the car, but the wait was worth it. There were so many windows with stain glass that I went crazy snapping photos. The atmosphere was different, almost better, then at Westminster Abbey. It was almost serene, and calmer then the Abbey. The people didn’t seem to be... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

As both Anglican church-goers and lovers of art and architecture, we were blown away by the sheer size, beauty, and detail of Canterbury Cathedral. It is indeed an ancient work of art, built heritage that speaks to the soul. Because we went to worship at multiple services, we did not have to pay the entrance fee (quite steep, but necessary... More 

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent location in the middle of Canterbury and typically priced but nothing of standout interest for the casual visitor. A pleasant way to spend an hour or two whilst visiting the city but I wouldn't make a special journey just to visit the cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here earlier in year, fantastic building both inside and out and looks lovely when lit up at night. You need quite a bit of time to look round, seems to go on for ever, with lots of little passages everywhere and gardens.

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Vernon, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must see, a magnificent cathedral. We went to an afternoon Sunday service, the choir was amazing - by far the best I've ever heard. If one doesn't want to pay the 10 pound entry one can go to a service and mill around for awhile afterwards. We spent a few hours wandering around the grounds outside. Very,... More 

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Enfield, Middlesex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful little town with a wonderful medieval atmosphere, if you love old architecture you will love this place, especially the Cathedral which is especially magical inside with the towering arches and wonderful stained glass windows. Definitely worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

An atmospheric and beautiful building. I was lucky to see a performance by students from Canterbury Christchurch University, which really enhanced the serenity and spirituality of the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful visit on a very rainy day. We did not mind paying 10 pounds per person as we donate to our own cathedral in Norwich and know how expensive they are to run but be warned there is a charge here. Wonderful architecture with helpful guides and useful signs and maps. This is a must see if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of the greatest of all cathedrals in England (other candidates include Gloucester Cathedral, the York Minster, Ely Cathedral and, of course, St.Paul's in London). In its present shape it is a product of almost 800 years of building, demolishing and re-building, starting in 1070 A.D. Remarkably, it doesn't feel like a hodgepodge at all. ;) Not only is the... More 

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