Canterbury Cathedral

Local nameCanterbury Cathedral
LocationCanterbury, UK

Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury.

Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the 12th century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late 14th century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures.

Tags Roman CatholicAnglicanGothic ArchitectureRomanesque ArchitectureUNESCOCathedralHistoricalHeritage
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Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Crypt:
Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m./5:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Guided tours:
Mon - Fri: 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. in the summer)
Sat: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.
There is no 10:30 a.m. tour during January.

Last entry half an hour prior to closing time.

The Cathedral is used regularly for various services and events. At times it may be closed for general visiting. Check the official website for forthcoming closures.


General admission:
Adults: £12
Concessions: £10.50
Children (under 18): £8

Adults: £5
Concessions: £4
Family: £10

More information and contact


Official site



Phone +44 (0) 1227 762862

Address The Precincts, Canterbury CT1, Kent CT1 2EH, UK

Coordinates 51°16'47.492" N 1°4'58.239" E

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