Canterbury Cathedral is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England. Originally founded in 597 the building was then reconstructed between 1070 and 1077 making it one of the oldest places in England for Christian worship. Whilst attracting visitors world-wide the cathedral is still fully operational, carrying out over 2000 religious services each year. Thomas Becket, a 12th century chancellor and former Archbishop was murdered at the Cathedral in 1170 at the hands of King Henry II. No matter what your religious or spiritual believes the impressive gothic building is well worth a visit for the architectural structure alone.
The Cathedral is open all year, 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday (5pm in the winter) and Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Entrance fees are £12.00 for adults and £10.50 for concessions or pre-booked groups and £8.00 for those under 18. In the case of a religious service the venue may be closed to the public, although there is no charge for those attending.
Nearest airports to Canterbury are London Heathrow and Gatwick, approximately 2.5hours away by train. Make the most of your visit by checking with the Cathedral for times of guided tours which are available at an additional cost, or pick up an audio tour on arrival. For those visiting with under 18’s official vouchers are available online for free children tickets.
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If you are visiting Canterbury, the Cathedral should not be the only place on of your to-do list. Take a peaceful walk around Westgate Gardens, a historical river tour of the local area or take a look at the old city walls, visit St. Augustine’s Abbey and say hello to the animals at Howletts Wild Animal Park.
For more information about Canterbury Cathedral, including: Visiting Canterbury Cathedral, services and worship, joining Canterbury Cathedral Choirs, what’s on, joining and volunteering at the Cathedral or finding out the history of the Canterbury journey visit the official website for more details.
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