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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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Attended Evensong 15 April and delighted that the choir of Magdalen College, Cambridge were visiting. Superb. Downside there was only very limited congregation participation in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Attended Evensong 15 April and delighted that the choir of Magdalen College, Cambridge were visiting. Superb. Downside there was only very limited congregation participation in the service, final hymn. Visiting the Cathedral is charged, not for Services, at £10.50, which seems a little steep and joining a tour of circa 8/10 costs another £5 (there are concessions). However if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A must go for all people. Local and tourists. Beautiful building. Close to high street so easy access

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Deal, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Visitors can't get into the grounds to have a quiet sit down without buying a ticket for the Cathedral itself. That is appalling. Apparently you can get a concession if you are local but as I am not, and was looking to revisiting a spot I used to love years ago, I found this very disappointing.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A very grand and historical building. Worth the visit and although pricey was a must see. Tickets good for return visits for a year if you Gift Aid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great tour by Ann today, who is really passionate about the history of the Cathedral. She knew a tremendous amount about the formation of the Cathedral over the years. Some questions threw her on occasion but she honestly admitted the fact if she didn't know but what she did know far outweighed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

we thought a little pricey but we were more the happy after spending two hours in there. Not very good for people with reduced mobility.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

So much history, so much to see just lacking in a Refectory which is sad but not an essential part of the visit, just unusual not to have one these days

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My first visit to Canterbury Cathedral yesterday...such a wonderful slice of history with its amazing architecture and stained glass windows. Superb skill and craftsmanship to be enjoyed. The audio tour was quite brilliant - not too much information or too little and we even got to hear the choir practising for Evensong.

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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

As expected. Visited with children (7-13), all interested. The 7 and 10 year old worked together to complete the animal picture trail, the 12 and 13 year old worked on the word scramble trail. Both well suited. I had the American Trail. A few interesting bits (the embroidery), but most too far removed from America to be of interest. Main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Cathedral needs no introduction - its history speaks for itself. However, I would highly recommend using the Cathedral volunteer guides - there is a cost but it is well worth the money. Our guide was organised and informative. He prioritised the most interesting elements of the history, people and building. In an hour and a half you are well... More 

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