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Canterbury Cathedral

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Address: 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 1227 762862
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Wonderful building

Visited the cathedral during a recent trip to Canterbury. A magnificient building and grounds with plenty of helpful information. Initial thought £12.50 per adult expensive but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alan F
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A number of people complain about the cost of visiting but I do understand that keeping a magnificent building like this open and viable is very expensive and it has to be paid for. However, I think the church should think about the experience being offered as if you pay £12 and have full access and the opportunity to look... More 

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the cathedral during a recent trip to Canterbury. A magnificient building and grounds with plenty of helpful information. Initial thought £12.50 per adult expensive but the extensive grounds etc made it worthwhile. Lots of restoration work going on inside and out but that will only enhance the enjoyment in the future.

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Thank Alan F
essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Cathedral was stunning. I've visited others but this one has to be my favourite. The windows were absolutely stunning and as we walked round the choir were practicing and it sounded amazing and made a fantastic amosphere. The architeture was outstandingly impressive and the over all size was impressive as it just kept suprising us at how big it... More 

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Barkway, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Shocked at the price to look around the cathedral, would have thought a cheaper entrance fee would generate more visitors!

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The cathedral is immense and scaffolding is all around as repairs are being done. The guided tour is the best way to really understand the history and not miss any key things. Well worth the modest price. The stained glass windows are amazing and hundreds of years old. We went to evensong but the world famous choir boys were on... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited on a Sunday after morning service. Bear in mind it's £12 per head to go round so not cheap; however the proceeds go to the upkeep so has to be a good cause. The place is certainly atmospheric. so much history as most people must be aware. It kept us happy for a good couple of hours; however it... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't believe I hadn't visited this place before. It was truly stunning with hundreds of nooks and crannies to explore. We were lucky to be in a hotel nearby so could drop in ( one ticket allows for free re entry over a year) and hear some of the choirs and explore the many chapels and extraordinary cloisters . We... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is massive, gorgeous, beautiful... full of history. This is probably the most significant and impressive sight of the south-east of the UK.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed every minute of this visit with my 11 year old son. The staff were really welcoming and friendly, particularly Robert in the Chapter House who took time out to explain what the stained glass windows were depicting. Thank you Robert, you were very knowledgeable and informative. There are guides stationed throughout the site ready and willing to help. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cathedral is currently have a lot of renovation works but they are limiting the impact on visitors very well. It won't spoil your visit at all. The cathedral is spectacular. There is a lot to see and a lot to learn about. If you have any interest in British history, you will enjoy yourself. I visited with my husband... More 

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