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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. Put Canterbury Cathedral and other Canterbury attractions into our Canterbury trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The cathedral is huge and I would suggest taking a guided tour of taking one of the audio guides. Unfortunately our audio guide missed out sections 5,6,7 for some reason and we couldn't get them back....  more »
  • Not to be missed, beautiful country, quaint Romantic, the Cathedral is immense and austere, will leave you breathless!!!
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  • The Cathedral definitely beautiful, is under renovation so it almost completely with loft both inside and out. I do not know whether it pays to go before they finish the work. Keep in mind that being located in an inner courtyard not facing a piazza or a clearing, in general do not even have the possibility of an overview from a distance.
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  • NOTE: St. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, arrived on the coast of Kent as a missionary to England in 597AD. He came from Rome, sent by Pope Gregory the Great. That made the start of this great wonder! This is one of the OLDEST Churches of England. . Really A great Cathedral with lot of stories to tell us . Could not do justice, as the climate was very cold. . Still our humble effort is displayed through our photos (wiki for details) Thanks
  • Wow, just wow! An amazing place. Makes me wonder how they built it all those centuries ago! Well worth a visit. Very interesting and there are a lot of people working there willing to help and give information. Look out for the carving of Thomas Becket were he has a sword sticking out of his head! Entry is a bit expensive but it all goes towards maintaining the building.
  • You don't have to be an Anglican to appreciate the magnificence of this historic building and to recognise it's importance in our history. For me though the really inspiring thing about such buildings is the sense of generations of ordinary people who have devoted their lives to the building and the upkeep of this cathedral. Their skills and dedication can be seen in every stone and monument.
  • Well worth seeing. It is a magnificent structure with so many areas to visit. It is tarsus like, in that the area inside looks larger than what you expect from the outside. The only issue is that I think the £12 price of admission is a bit steep.
  • Fantastic architecture. Even with building work in progress. Graduation day at Canterbury cathedral was amazing.

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To explore Canterbury at your own pace, book your rooms at a family-run hotel in the heart of this historical city. Staying in this area keeps you close to all of the city's main historical sites, as well as its major shopping center. Family-run hotels offer traditional values, warm hospitality, and fully-licensed bars and restaurants, all at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. For an equally comfortable and affordable stay, consider one of many centrally located guesthouses, which feature elegant rooms and covered courtyards.
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