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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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  • First time visit and a humbling experience. Loads of history and an iconic building. If in Canterbury a must see. Good value and staff very helpful. 
    First time visit and a humbling experience. Loads of history and an iconic building. If in Canterbury a must see. Good value and staff very helpful.  more »
  • This is a mightily impressive cathedral. The medieval detailing in the crypt where Henry IV is entombed is worth seeing. In front of the alter a poignant single candle burns to mark the spot where... 
    This is a mightily impressive cathedral. The medieval detailing in the crypt where Henry IV is entombed is worth seeing. In front of the alter a poignant single candle burns to mark the spot where...  more »
  • Being able to walk round at your own pace. There were guided tours available if you like them.Stained glass windows were amazing 
    Being able to walk round at your own pace. There were guided tours available if you like them.Stained glass windows were amazing  more »
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  • Sadly on this visit could not go inside the main cathedral because of a private event we could only go to the crypt and the gardens but for a mere £5 it was worth it. You still get to see the stunning architecture of the cathedral from the outside and the crypt has lots of great things to see with such a stunning herb garden. I would recommend that you always check for events before you have you heart set on seeing the cathedral just in case but this was still a lovely option!
  • Amazing experience. So much history and experienced guides who delight in imparting this history. We took a break after an hour or so and went for refreshments. Came back and spent another couple of hours there, a good way to see the Cathedral if you have time. Ticket allows you to return again during the year of issue, excellent value.
  • Entry fee is £14 for an adult. Absolutely stunning Cathedral. You can almost feel the history! You can have a guided tour or an audio/ media tour. The guides really know their stuff! Or you can just wander on your own. Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here. Would highly recommend a visit.
  • Lucky to have visited during a concert rehearsal and viewed the Cathedral with an epic orchestra & choir backing. Such a treat! Absolutely massive Cathedral full of history even for a non religious person as myself the architecture & stained glass are particular highlights. Tickets with gift aid donations are valid for a year of return visits.
  • One of the most stunning cathedrals I've ever seen, extremely well-maintained, spotless, and clearly explained. We were fortunate to have a bright day, so we relaxed on the grass and admired the gardens. Highly recommended!

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