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“Wonderful church well worth the price”

Canterbury Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I'm amazed at the number of reviewers who seem to have moral preoccupations paying to go sightseeing in a cultural landmark of this magnitude. Do the same people refuse to pay for a concert ticket if the concert takes place in a church? Perhaps they think that guides and restoration workers deserve smaller wages than artists?

We came here on a sunny day in June, paid £10 each, and this is what we got: entrance and a leisurely walk around one of the world's most important historical buildings; marvellous sights of tombs and splendid gothic arches, not to mention some amazingly well preserved stained glass; a thoroughly enjoyable one hour-tour with an extremely well-informed guide. Simply an unforgettable experience.

I guess those who decide to yell at workers, refuse to pay and instead storm into a church to take photos are convinced they're somehow of a higher moral standing than those of us who prefer to contribute to the general upkeep and running of the cathedral. I'm sure we'll find out if this is really so when time comes ...

1  Thank peresbenm
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Stunning as always - especially at night time when it is lite up and you can see it between the other buildings.

Thank 2012JandBS
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

A must place to visit if you are going to Canterbury.

Both the church and grounds are wonderful and staff are pleasant and informative.

Historically and architecturally interesting.

Thank GARY B
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I was overwhelmed by the history and the AURA of the place.. honestly, words cannot describe the feelings that overtook me as I was walking around this beautiful cathedral.

From all the Princes, Kings and other historical figures interred in this place to the beauty of the stained glass windows... as we were visiting, the choir was also practising and their beautiful voices resonated through the whole of the cathedral. It was really special. Highly recommend it.

Thank oneluckytraveller
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The welcome staff were most helpful. There was a funeral taking place and we got spot on advice as to when to return that day. Pricing was reasonable withe family and student discounts available. Beautiful surroundings undergoing some retoration. Fabulous stained glass. So many beautiful things to see. A lifts for those who can't manage the stairs to the different levels. Excellent gift shop. Clean toilets. Good value.

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