St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church

St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church

St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church

St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Welcome to St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury. Whether you're joining us at mass or just visiting, we are delighted to see you! Our Church was built from 1874 to 1875 in the Gothic Revival style. It is situated on the corner of Burgate and Canterbury Lane, west of Lower Bridge Street, opposite the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in the centre of the city. We also have two shrines one for St Thomas of Becket and another for St Oscar Romero. Check out our website for more details and our services.
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
nice church
Aug 2019
I was looking around for a "typical" church. My friends had never been to a church before and I didn't want to start with the cathedral. Happened to walk past St Thomas' and it was open. Stepped inside and found just what I wanted.

Apparently, it is the only Roman Catholic church in town. Nicely proportioned. All the standard features: altar, stations of the cross, pulpit, lectern, pews. all decked out in warm wood. A glass entrance way so you can get a good view before you enter the church proper.

Nice lady on duty was very welcoming and accommodating.

Stopped to take some exterior photos on the way out. Realised it was a lovely building, with a self-standing, rather egregious, tower of ancient origin.

Nice, central location. Well worth a visit.
Written February 21, 2020
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Paula N
Heathfield184 contributions
See one of St Thomas' bones - honest
Dec 2019
Situated in a quiet street parallel to the main shopping street, this church is built in the Victorian high gothic style as was the vogue at the time of the 1850's Oxford Movement. In spite of this, it is a pleasing place. In the 1950's some relics said to relate to St Thomas were returned from Italy. These were a bone possibly from his finger and a piece of cloth allegedly from his shroud. Both are displayed above the altar in a side chapel; more reminiscent of the continent than an English church
Written December 20, 2019
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Richard D
London, UK29 contributions
Beautiful church
Oct 2019
This church is hidden away but is a beautiful church in a busy road. Highly recommend a visit for those coming to visit the Cathedral
Written October 27, 2019
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ejfraser
Solihull, UK807 contributions
An Impressive Building
Aug 2019
It's quite close to the Cathedral. It's larger than a lot of the other churches in Canterbury.
Canterbury feels like it should be in Italy with the number of Churches it possesses.
Written August 22, 2019
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mariostoona
Athens, Greece450 contributions
Tranquility and serenity located close by the crowds of nearby cathedral
Jul 2019
Tranquility and serenity located close by the crowds of nearby cathedral.We spotted this hidden gem while exploring the side roads starting in front of the gate to the Canterbury cathedral. Were only a few peopleinside and the vibe was nicely religious and calm.
Written August 17, 2019
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Sara B
Houston, TX161 contributions
Worth stopping here in between Cathedral & St. Augustine's Abbey
Feb 2019 • Couples
We visited St. Thomas on a Saturday morning in February. There are relics of Thomas Becket and Archbishop Romero on display here. Very nice interior.
Written February 11, 2019
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838berni3
Lifford, Ireland28 contributions
Oasis of Christian/Catholic past.
Aug 2018 • Family
I love to attend mass here everytime I visit Canterbury, It is quaintly English and a very Anglican style mass which only adds to its charm. Beautiful classical architecture fine choir and just a stones throw from the awesome historical Cathedral the, reigning established Church of England.
Written August 26, 2018
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Jacqueline V
Shreveport, LA8 contributions
Lovely! Felt like home.
Aug 2018 • Couples
St. Thomas was just what we needed to experience the universality of the Catholic Church. It was like a home away from home and we were blessed to experience the baptism of 2 little boys at the Mass we attended. Really felt welcomed by the lady handing out the missals & song sheet!
Written August 26, 2018
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VW49
Ashburn, VA5,492 contributions
Serene, Beautiful Catholic Church
Apr 2018 • Couples
After visiting Canterbury Cathedral, we were so blessed to find St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church nearby. Not very large but it is quite beautiful with a very serene and spiritual atmosphere for prayer and reflection. Do not miss the beautiful shrine with two relics of St Thomas of Canterbury.
Written August 14, 2018
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CHARLESKH55
Tonbridge, UK3,438 contributions
More to see
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had a bit of lunch earlier and were walking along Burgate as we going to a cricket match later on. We stopped of here for rest of the feet,and sit in a bit of shade lovely little garden area next to St. Thomas’s Catholic Church the Tower of St. Mary Magdalene nice relaxing area people having lunch chilling in the noon day sun. Very pleasant and peaceful. Lovely little back streets with bars and restaurants.
Written August 6, 2018
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St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tue - Tue 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed - Thu 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM