St. Martin's Church

St. Martin's Church, Canterbury

St. Martin's Church
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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4.5
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candytravel92
London, UK48 contributions
CLOSED!
Sep 2020
So disappointing to have walked all the way there and it’s closed. So many people had recommended to us as it was so meaningful to us. What else is there to say
Written September 3, 2020
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YsanneB
Brighton, UK70 contributions
Currently Closed
Aug 2020
One of the 3 World Heritage sites in Canterbury with the Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey. Unfortunately the interior is currently closed due to coronavirus. The exterior is still visible of course and there is an explanatory panel setting out the historical dating of the various parts of the church. The cemetery is of interest and there is a good view of the cathedral # no doubt would score higher once open
Written August 26, 2020
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Ezy
Horley, UK33 contributions
A very old church.
Jul 2020
Steeped in history a very old church. lovely grounds to walk around, unfortunately I was not able to go inside due to Covid restrictions.
Written July 27, 2020
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Enka29
UK73 contributions
An historic place, much missed by tourists
Aug 2019
The oldest church in continuous use since the 5th centrury in england. A site of UNESCO recognition, small, check opening times, and make time to sit and ponder all that these sacred walls have seen over the last fifteen hundred years of its existence.
Written May 9, 2020
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
tranquil, historic
Aug 2019
I walked aong the busy road just after rush hour, following my map. Stepped into the churchyard and the 21st century fell away, leaving me in an island of tranquility. Oldest church in the English-speaking world, the notice says. It certainly wears its pedigree on its sleeve.

There was a farly complex list of opening times on the noticeboard, too, and the time I was there was not one of them. No chance of getting inside, then, but nothing at all to stop me from examining the outsode of the building, the graveyard and the mossy surrounds.

Heaps of atmosphere, huge contrast with the outside world, interesting inscriptions, hardy building on a hill. I lingered longer than you might expect for a closed church.

Good visit. Wish I'd been able to get in.
Written March 3, 2020
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Sophie W
2 contributions
awesome
Feb 2020
Beautiful old church which is worth a visit. It is authentic and you can feel the atmosphere of the past era
Written February 27, 2020
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So glad that you enjoyed your visit and the special atmosphere that is here.
Written March 3, 2020
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AwayWendy
Canterbury, UK95 contributions
Charming church
Sep 2019
I have visited this church three times when I have been doing the Ride and Stride charity day raising money for churches. All the times we visited the people there gave us a drink and biscuits and were very knowledgeable about the building. It dates back to Saxon times. Well worth a visit.
Written January 18, 2020
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winnie c
Greater London, UK3 contributions
lovely church
Dec 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to St Martin's (the oldest church) and were amazed at the history this little church. The guild was very informative regarding the history of the church & nearby area not far from the cathedral, it should not be in its shadow.
As it has its own fantastic history within the Christian church
Written January 6, 2020
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Yvonne074
Arundel, UK74 contributions
The beginning of the Christian story in Canterbury
Jun 2019
If you are exploring the Canterbury World Heritage Site, this is a must.
Queen Bertha of Kent was a Frankish Princess. Her pagan husband gave her permission to follow her religion in an abandoned Roman church, which is integrated in the structure of this fascinating building. You can follow her daily walk out through the City Walls.
Her husband was soon converted with the arrival of Augustine in Kent.
Written December 19, 2019
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Brenda O
12 contributions
Most ancient and important church in England
Nov 2019
Dating from Saxon times and visited by Queen Bertha and King Ethelbert, and while we were there the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover.. A lovely gem of a church with friendly and knowledgeable Guides.
Written December 1, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Martin's Church

St. Martin's Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Tue - Tue 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM