Canterbury Cathedral

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Highlights
  • Founded 597 by St. Augustine
  • Mother Church of the Anglican Communion
  • Romanesque Crypt
  • 12th century Gothic Quire
  • 14th-15th century Nave
  • Site of Becket's Martyrdom and Shrine
  • Notable stained glass
Schedule

Weekdays
Summer: 9am - 5.30pm
Winter: 9am - 5pm
(Crypt: 10am - 5.30pm) 

Sundays
12.30pm - 2.30pm
(including Crypt)

(Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing time)

Please note:
  • The east end of the Cathedral, including the Quire, will close everyday in preparation for Evensong from 4.30pm (Monday-Friday) and from 2.30pm (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Friday 18 April Canterbury Cathedral will not be open for general visiting

Exceptions :
June 3 - Nave closed until 11.00am
June 14 - Crypt closed from 1.30pm to 4.00pm
June 15 - Centre Quire will not re-open after Choral Evensong. Last admission will be at the earlier time of 4.30pm and the Cathedral will be closed at 5.30pm
June 20 & 21 - Nave closed until 11.00am
June 22 - Choral Evensong is at the later time of 5.30pm. Last admission for visiting the Cathedral will be at the earlier time of 4.00pm.
June 24 - Nave closed until 11.00am
June 25 - Cathedral and Precincts closed until 1.00pm.
June 29 - Crypt only open for visiting from 9.00am via North Ramp door. Nave and Quire closed until 1.00pm. These areas will only be open until 3.15pm when they will close again until the end of the day for the second Ordination Service.

Description

Canterbury Cathedral
A fascinating medieval city that has been the centre of English Christianity since St. Augustine was sent here by Pope Gregory in 597AD. The original church was rebuilt in the 11th century as the magnificent cathedral we will visit today. Of the 104 Archbishops to date, possibly the most famous is Thomas Becket, who was gruesomely murdered in the cathedral in 1170.

The Quire and Trinity Chapel
The Quire was re-built and extended in the 12th century after a disastrous fire destroyed the earlier structure. It housed Thomas Becket's shrine until it was demolished and removed during the Reformation by order of Henry VIII. Beautiful
stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

Stained Glass
There can be no doubt that one of the greatest glories of Canterbury
Cathedral is its stained glass, and visitors from all over the world wonder
at the craftsmanship. Indeed the collection of 12th and 13th century glass - depicting miracles, royal connections and Bible stories - is the finest in the country.

Additional information

Venue Information:
Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH
Nearest Train Station: Canterbury East or Canterbury West

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