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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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  • We are evangelical anglicans and found the choir singing in Latin the robes and clergy processing everywhere and being instructed not to “intincture” a bit unnerving! I would not recommend taking chil...  more »
  • This cathedral is genuinely 'jaw dropping' and I was so pleased that I had no time limits to stop me really exploring all it has to offer. It is stunningly beautiful both inside and out, and has such ...  more »
  • A beautiful and impressive Cathedral steeped in history. Expensive entry fee however the time and help given by the staff inside the Cathedral made our visit very much worthwhile. A big Thankyou to on...  more »
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  • Lovely building, loads to see. Best way is to take your time, absorb the history. It's worth sitting quietly in the crypt, just for the quiet, away from the modern world. If the weather is good, take a stroll in the grounds. Be aware, if you leave via the shop it's a one way trip, the staff can be a little odd in there.
  • Absolute wonderful cathedral in the heart of Canterbury -about an hour away from London. The architectonics are breathtaking (see pictures below), if one has the opportunity I would recommend visiting the cathedral at mass times. Entry prices are not too high and the inside not too crowded with people. I would 100% recommend a visit if you are in the London area!! :)
  • Wow! Although there was a lot of construction and it being tucked away behind fences and houses, the cathedral is well worth a visit. There are multiple levels to explore, each level bringing a new level of wonderment. The courtyards in the lower level are amazing, especially at night with the lights illuminating the detail. The town is also fun with a punting trip on the river a must.
  • What an amazing place to visit. Really knowledgeable tour guides who take you through an aspect of the cathedral and bring the place alive. The history in the building and area is vast so well worth going to find out something you didn't know.
  • Beautiful structure, didn't get to see the main part as Sunday service was on, but I am fully aware of why this is "the one". Lil shop is also a nice touch and sells things you'd actually want to buy. Can't wait to go again!
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