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“Worth the price.”

Canterbury Cathedral
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Worth the price.”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

This was one of our stops on a day long tour of the area. Canterbury Cathedral has a lot of character, everywhere you go there is something around the corner to see. Canterbury and Westminster were my favorite churches on this vacation. Norte Dame a close second and St. Pauls last. Make the time to go, take your camera and you will not be disappointed.

Plenty of places to eat along the streets, lots of entertainment.

Visited June 2013
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Yes, wonderful architecture but entrance fee is far too high! Durham catherdral don't charge but ask for a donation. Times are hard for many people and not everyone can afford to pay. The gardens are lovely and Canterbury is a super place to visit. Many good restaurants and quant shops too.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Canterbury Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England, is impressive in both size and grandeur. The gothic choir screen in the Nave is simply stunning. The stained glass surrounding the ambulatory of Trinity Chapel has, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful stained glass in the Cathedral.

Don’t miss the Cloisters (fascinating medieval carvings of animals & shields), the Crypt (oldest part of the Cathedral which housed the tomb of Thomas Beckett before it was moved to the Trinity Chapel) or the tomb of the Black Prince.

We printed the map of the Cathedral prior to our visit which was a great help. It is available on the Cathedral’s website listed below.

Location: The Precincts, Canterbury, England
Open: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (weekdays); 12:30 pm tp 4:30 pm (Sundays)
Admission: Full - £9.50; Senior discount - £8.00; Under 18 - £6.50
Note: guided tours are available (10:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm) at a cost of £5.00 and £4.00 reduced OR you can rent the excellent audio guide from the kiosk in the Nave for £4.00.
Website: http://canterbury-cathedral.org/

Visited May 2013
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“Remarkable, historic and art worthy”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

First, let me say--it is peculiar to pay to go to a church. But this is where it has come to. And interestingly, Canterbury Cathedral, has a flyer about "Why Charge?" That 200 people are employed to care for the place, that it costs 3 million pounds annually to do so (in 2013).
As a non religious person, I try to think of paying for it as I would for a museum; though it still irritates. After all, who built this? The people of the area. And no, it is NOT cheap. Costly. So plan accordingly.
Given that POV, it is still worth it. Historically, artistically...etc. Though our two grands, normally great travelers, were not thrilled with the inside. Brother to brother bad times.
Outside, better for kids. More run-around.
And the place is HUGE. I'd been there years ago, but this overwhelmed. I'd only touched the literal tip of the iceberg then.

Visited April 2013
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“Canterbury Cathedral”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Great historic building! lots to see. Entrance staff really friendly. Can understand why you pay just under £10 to enter as costs a fortune for upkeep!

Visited June 2013
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