Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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HilaryW971
Norwich, UK281 contributions
A moving visit!
Jul 2021
Visiting this Cathedral was a long held ambition and it did not disappoint. We bought a walking guide from the shop and went around at our own speed which is the best way to see the Cathedral. In the chapel of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket prayers were announced over the tannoy system. This was much appreciated and this in the chapel said the Lord's Prayer in their own language. The staff were very helpful. The Cathedral is awesome in the true sense of the word.
Written July 21, 2021
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ferrocene
Tonbridge, UK122 contributions
Good value
Jul 2021
I really don't understand why people moan so much about having to pay £13 or so to visit an expensive to maintain tourist attraction with so much to see and enjoy. I was very impressed by the staff and volunteers.
Written July 15, 2021
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Caron M
Bristol, UK4 contributions
Hugely disappointing
Jul 2021 • Friends
Shameful that you cannot get close to the Cathedral without having to pay for that experience, I am not a religious person but to see the Cathedral which has such historical significance would have made my trip to Canterbury, I just wanted to wander around the outside like you can at York Minster, Winchester Cathedral and I am sure many other places of worship of all denominations. Coining it in comes to mind for those in the
CofE who treat tourists as cash cows.
Written July 14, 2021
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Pamela F
Colchester, UK2 contributions
Very annoyed
Jul 2021 • Couples
Such a beautiful religious building, what a shame they charge such an extortionate price to get in £14 per adult!!!! Very angry! It's a place of worship, by alll means have a suggested price but not compulsory . Wells cathedral has a suggested entry fee. Shame on you.
Written July 13, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK764 contributions
Outstanding piece of architecture despite the scaffolding
Jul 2021
In my mind this is a "must do" if you are visiting Canterbury.
I've seen a lot of complaints on here about the cost for entry but to be fair the cathedral costs in excess of £ 6.5 million per year to maintain. This is where Christianity began in the UK and is still the central focal point of British religion so I do feel an entry fee is justified.
The interior is just astounding, everywhere you look are feats of outstanding architecture.
All credit too to the volunteers who help every day who were really friendly, helpful and informative.
We spent 1-2 hours wandering around the entire complex including the grounds where you can can get some photos of the outside despite the scaffolding.
Written July 10, 2021
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TWelford
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK17 contributions
Expensive visit
Jul 2021 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral …but for the price you’d expect more..a guided tour perhaps or an app to show you the key parts of the interest. Not an 2 A4 typed pages you can’t easily read on your phone. Disappointed too that you can’t see the Cathedral building from the outside unless you pay to enter. The Cathedral is hidden behind buildings and walls. Compared to other cathedrals it’s poor value. Salisbury charge £8 for unlimited return visits. Durham charge £7.50 for a guided tour. Think at £14pp Canterbury could offer an improved visitor experience. Whilst I understand you have to pay for the upkeep you also need to encourage people to continue to return.

That said we did enjoy a walk around the grounds the most and a welcome cuppa at the refreshment cabin served by a friendly young gentleman. Perhaps you could charge less to walk about the grounds?
Written July 10, 2021
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CK and DW
Canterbury, UK11 contributions
Expensive but beautiful
Jul 2021
Absolutely stunning building and precincts. Outrageously expensive entry, especially when draped in scaffolding, but it is completely beautiful otherwise.
Written July 6, 2021
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jan hopper
New Romney, UK8 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2021 • Friends
This is always impressive the cathedral never disappoints. Love the history and the drama of the building. The new one way system works well
Written July 5, 2021
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Tom S
2 contributions
3 day break
Jun 2021
The Cathedral has got to be seen/visited to be fully appreciated. Simply amazing large stained glass windows; an awful lot of history; and interesting artefacts. (Do note, among the many stone figure carvings around this magnificent cathedral, are two recent additions...Queen Elisabeth II and Prince Phillip; but can you find them...?)! :o)
Written July 5, 2021
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chatty_jj
Portsmouth, UK45 contributions
Not worth the money
Jun 2021 • Couples
£28 for 2 - not worth it for what you can see - lots of scaffold inside and out - I would recommend just walking round the outside
Written July 5, 2021
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Canterbury Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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