11 The Precincts
Telephone: 01227 762862
Still channeling the hearty sense of Benedictine hospitality that it has since the middle ages, Canterbury Cathedral welcomes all! Be sure to ask for the Welcome Centre for the free ‘Tomb Trail’ or ‘Creatures Great and Small’ leaflet.
Alternatively, for £2.99 you could purchase the ‘Young Person's Guide to Canterbury Cathedral’ with friendly lion Ralph as your own personal guide!
Visit, explore and enjoy musical services such as the Eucharist and Evensongs, or even take a guided tour and the experience the whole cathedral. A fascinating place to visit whether your visit be casual or spiritual, with fascinating facts to interest all ages: like there are 1,200sqm of beautiful stained glass picture windows here, and they used to be cleaned with wee!
Slightly more dignified history also abounds here of course for the older ones, with this being amongst other things both the crime scene and resting place of the martyred and then canonised Saint Thomas Beckett. Lots of secret schooling chances if you know your stuff!
It's worth remembering if you're intent on exploring inside that the Cathedral is very community oriented and has not infrequent closures for big functions and additional seasonal services. Therefore it's fairly essential that you contact the Visits Office or at least check the Forthcoming Closures page through our link before planning a serious visit, especially if you'd like to hear a musical service. Don't worry: it's worth the planning!
Other visitor facilities range from guided tours and audio tours to private evening tours and 'behind the scenes' tours to the Stained Glass Studio, Archives and or Library.
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It may be worth checking out Canterbury Cathedral's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Canterbury Cathedral before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Weekdays and Saturdays:
Summer 9am until 5:30pm
Winter 9am until 5pm
The Crypt 10am until 5 to 5.30pm
Throughout the year, including the Crypt 12:30pm until 2.30pm only.
Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 10:30am, 12 noon and 2pm (2:30pm in Summer).
Saturday 10:30am, 12 noon and 1pm.
Please note there is no weekday 10.30am tour during January otherwise it's year round.
Prices & Admission
There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a service.
Children (under 18) £7
Plus Guided Tour:
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