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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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  • If you are looking for a place where full of history this is the place. From the time we entered we were in awe. The guides were great and full of very interesting information. It cost to go in but we...  more »
  • Although not we could visit it in full because we came late, what little we could see us pleasantly surprised. The crypt is huge, impressive. A chapel that is at the entrance, full of banners, seemed us to be spectacular. We will return on another occasion to visit thoroughly.
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  • We visited this place on a school trip with teenagers. All we were impressed by the size and beauty of the place. We have also strolled in the town or we did shopping.
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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.