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Canterbury Cathedral

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Address: 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 1227 762862
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates...

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It's been a long time since I visited Canterbury Cathedral but I wanted to leave a review because when we were in England we visited a lot of historical churches and cathedrals... read more

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Erin W
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's been a long time since I visited Canterbury Cathedral but I wanted to leave a review because when we were in England we visited a lot of historical churches and cathedrals. Canterbury Cathedral was the one that felt the least like a tourist attraction and the most like a place of worship. There is a reverence to God that... More 

Thank Erin W
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must if you are viditing Canterbury. For me as a resident it is free to enter. However, a visitor has to pay what I think is a bit too much. When we go to other countries entry to their Cathedrals is free. They too, have all the chllengies of upkeep.

Thank _daveg_roberts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has so many aspects to it. It is very beautiful. An encyclopedia of architecture. Rich in history and drama. The finest collection of medieval stained glass. Deep spirituality. Every corner is rich is aspects of fascination in one form or another. Wonderful music.

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

wonderful building - far better than reading a history book, Becket, the Black Prince and a host of british history within these walls

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

really worth a view good transport to Canterbury lovely city the diamond in the garden of `England lots to see around the city load of history in and around Canterbury; Barfestone is one of my best in Kent ,its where the Monks slept while building Canterbury Cathedral the window , the bell must see

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Canterbury Cathedral was the first cathedral on our trip so it raised the bar rather high. Visiting just before Christmas was a real treat with the choir practising for carols and the Christmas trees creating a beautiful atmosphere. Learn a little about the history of the place - it will make all the difference and make sure you attend a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For the size and importance of this church it was a little underwheming when you consider the other churches in Europe, however it was very interesting to see and go through.

Thank Michael T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to dozens of cathedrals all over Europe, and this is the most beautiful one I have seen. Our guide Marjorie was wonderful and gave a terrific tour. The guided tour was well worth the bit of extra it cost. I would have missed a lot without Marjorie's direction. She added a little extra onto the tour because... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited Canterbury Cathedral on several occasions years ago so was looking forward to refreshing my memories of a wonderful, historical experience. I was very disappointed to find that on this occasion the Cathedral was charging admittance of £12 per person to go in. (£10 concession and £7.50 children). Just like we found on our visit to a York Minster... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing couple of hours spent wandering around this magnificent cathedral. Lots of historical information to hand, map for ease. We were a party of 8 and all found the cathedral, interesting with plenty of volunteers to provide info and answers to our questions, well worth the visit.

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