St. Martin's Church
St. Martin's Church
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Raquel
    3 contributions
    More than worth a visit
    So much history in such a small building ! It's true that you need to walk for a while to get there, but there's nothing to regret. The guide (Jeanne was her name, as far as I can remember) was just top friendly and willing to explain in all detail the whole history of the church, both of the building itself and the facts and characters that played an important role at the time. She was also eager to be asked questions and give answers. Actually, you had the feeling of talking to a friend more than to the typical guide you usually meet at any average tour. There is no entrance fee required, but a donation is appreciated. If I ever happen to go back to Canterbury, I will repeat for sure.
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2022
  • MYDOGISFINN
    Emsworth, United Kingdom831 contributions
    WORTH THE WALK
    Located a short walk outside of the City Walls, St Martins is well worth a visit. Opening hours are very limited. Once inside you can obtain a free guide that points out the various features of the church including the Roman brickwork. This is the oldest church in England and is still in use.
    Written October 18, 2021
  • The Tykester
    Skipton, United Kingdom46 contributions
    Wonderful old church
    What a contrast between St Martins, the oldest church in the English speaking world and its famous neighbour just down the hill. We were made to feel very welcome to come in and look round & were provided with informative fact sheets. Contrast that with the big church where bouncers are on the doors extracting money from unsuspecting pilgrims. Well worth a walk up the hill to see this lovely little church.
    Written June 12, 2022
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AwayWendy
Canterbury, UK95 contributions
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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suffdoc
england88 contributions
Jun 2022
Apparently the Oldest English-speaking church in the world, founded in the AD500's. Was only open a couple of days a wee,, but now open most days due to the appointment of an enthusiastic additional guide. Well worth the visit!
Written June 10, 2022
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Sharon S
Newport, UK280 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We visited on a Sunday hoping to see inside but it was sadly under refurb. The signs state it’s the oldest church in English speaking nations. The grounds are small with some old graves though the oldest we found dated to the 1700’s. If you like historical churches and buildings it’s worth a visit as it’s a short walk from the nearby Abby
Written November 22, 2022
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
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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YsanneB
Brighton, UK72 contributions
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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JaneMLondon
London107 contributions
Jan 2023
Check opening times as it isn't open all day every day. Fascinating place , made extra special by the lovely lady on duty who knew so much about the history (and there is a lot of it!). If you want to just wander, there is an info sheet as well.
Written January 22, 2023
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winnie c
Greater London, UK8 contributions
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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JohnUK
London, UK967 contributions
A real sense of history here but disappointingly limited opening hours. Most casual visitors will find it locked - so check in advance if you really want to see it.
Written October 25, 2009
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Dale720240
San Jose, CA35 contributions
This quaint little church is loaded with history. When Augustine came to Britain in 597, it was at the request of a woman named Bertha (wife of the Kentish King) who was ALREADY worshiping on this spot. (That THAT Canterbury Cathedral!) There's ample evidence that the building dates back to Roman times in the architecture, making this an interesting stop for those interested in Britain's Roman background. The church is still functioning with a lively congregation, so you may chose to join them on a Sunday. View from the churchyard (top terrace) is stunning.
Written January 17, 2009
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M N
New York City, NY42 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
This beautiful old church is about a 15 minute walk from the city center. Historically, it is the birthplace of Christianity in England. It is pretty small, and not very touristy, which is a nice change from the bustling cathedral. Walking back to the city, you pass St Augustine's abbey (worth visiting) and the old city walls, so it's worth a visit. Admission is free, the visiting hours are limited. Pick up a flier in the front that describes different important bits of the church.
Written September 12, 2013
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