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Canterbury Cathedral

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Address: 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 1227 762862
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Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates...

The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, which served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th century.

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Always wanted to see this Cathedral and as we were in Kent decided to stay extra day to do this (Pity about Best Western). For first time paid for the guided tour,JAMES was... read more

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfortunately we didn't actually visit as they were charging £32 for a family which was to expensive for us. This made us feel excluded from a house of God and as Christians this really upset us. We understand that the money goes towards restoration but after visiting rochester cathedral earlier that day that had a recommended donation (which we willingly... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Always wanted to see this Cathedral and as we were in Kent decided to stay extra day to do this (Pity about Best Western). For first time paid for the guided tour,JAMES was wonderful and so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were enthralled, the tour lasted two hours which I couldn't believe seemed like 1/2 hour because it was so interesting.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Canterbury Cathedral is full of interesting history. Friendly volunteers make the visit very informative.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The cathedral is huge and there are lots of people employed (or volunteers) with gold sashes to give a word of advice or guide you around. King Henry 4th resting place well worth a visit.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cathedral is a must visit on a trip to Canterbury. It is well looked after and most interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No visit to Canterbury would be complete without a visit to the Cathedral. Set in a beautiful Close, surrounded by historic houses and the Archbishop's Palace, the building is built to a remarkably impressive scale. Currently undergoing work on the delicate and historic ceilings, the site is surrounded by some construction - but this is generally handled very sensitively and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a lot of work going on but this didnt impact on our visit there are a number of knowledgeable guides to answer questions, lots of things to see and a lasting memory, not a religious person at all but thoroughly enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Im a uni student at CCCU so get free entry into the cathedral and I visit weekly/termly with my other half. Brilliant if you want a quite place to study as well as amazing for photography.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The incredible history of this building really came to life when we bumped into one of the tour guides and he showed us some really interesting parts of the Cathedral we would otherwise have missed. The history and holiness of this place will stay with me forever.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Takes your breath away - make sure you see the wall paintings in Gabriel chapel in the crypt. Shame that none of the carvings on misericords were made available for viewing.

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