Dating back to 597, Canterbury Cathedral is the oldest and arguably the most famous Christian structure in the UK. Forming part of a World Heritage Site, the cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Reconstructed in 1174 after a devastating fire, the building was greatly enlarged to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral by the order of King Henry II. A fine example of Gothic architecture, the cathedral is also noted for its collection of over 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before the 20th century. Put Canterbury Cathedral and other Canterbury attractions into our Canterbury trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Tours to Canterbury Cathedral
$6 BOOK WITH VIATOR Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Canterbury Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Canterbury
Duration: 35 minutes
$511 BOOK WITH VIATOR Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London Stopover Canterbury Cathedral Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London Stopover Canterbury Cathedral
Duration: 6 hours
Canterbury Cathedral reviews
A wonderfully historic and, in the main, tranquil experience. Beautiful architecture and interesting exhibits. It was lovely being able to stop periodically to take part in the regular prayers that..... more
A wonderfully historic and, in the main, tranquil experience. Beautiful architecture and interesting exhibits. It was lovely being able to stop periodically to take part in the regular prayers that..... more »
Well worth a visit, although a pity there is no concession for seniors!!!!! Although£14 a head it was a good walking tour for at least 2 hours The Stained Glass is magnificent
Well worth a visit, although a pity there is no concession for seniors!!!!! Although£14 a head it was a good walking tour for at least 2 hours The Stained Glass is magnificent more »
Wonderful place with a sense of the presence of God and the history of England. I felt spirituality refreshed having taken time to see and enjoy the many sights inside. The windows are particularly beautiful with the scenes of the life of Jesus and Bible stories. The story of the martyrdom of St. Thomas is very moving. There is a great sense of peace and history in this place. The guides are very knowledgeable and helpful, and willing to talk about any aspect of the building. The shop has a very good selection of souvenirs and other things. For refreshments there is only a little van selling tea and coffee and some snacks.
It's a beautiful cathedral and so much bigger than I thought it would be. Seeing it all properly inside will take you a good few hours. A lot of other people visiting but everyone seems to be very respectful and quiet and it's very peaceful inside. On the outside there is currently a lot of scaffolding so you might not be able to see the cathedral in all its glory.
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