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Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury

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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. Using our international travel planner, Canterbury attractions like Canterbury Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The choir was singing it and it created a lovely atmosphere it was great. Be aware they are renovating. 
  • We took the children to the 5.30 service, a lovely way to see the Cathedral in action, especially if you are on a budget. 
  • Always a wonderfull place to visit no matter how many times you have been there. The beauty, the history, the peace and the feeling of a very much alive community. Don't forget to go visit the cloiste...  more »
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  • Great site with a rich history as one of England's most iconic landmarks and a location that plays a huge role in the Christian faith even to this day. Standing for over 1000 years it is still used for royal baptism's and often used for feast days and celebrations by local religious schools. It is also a place of pilgrimage where mass is often held and most of the grounds is open to the public with friendly staff to help you understand the history and significance of every little carving, statue and arch in the building. It is a remarkable and beautiful place to visit year round and I would highly recommend it.
  • There's not much to say that hasn't already been said. A breathtaking masterpiece with so much history. The next 18 months will involve immense refurbishment; it's exciting times.
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in the UK if not Europe. Steeped in history from the stained glass windows to the catacombs below.
  • Worth a visit. The community spends 18.500 £ a day to keep this highlight for us in order. Full of history and beautiful.
  • An absolutely beautiful and stunning cathedral. Amazing stainglass. Great history. Stunning chapels under the main church. Very peaceful place to sit. Beautiful walk in the grounds around the church. Unfortunately they have and entry fee. But it is free entry on Sundays for service. The ticket is valid for a whole year.