Canterbury Cathedral



Canterbury Cathedral is truly special at Christmas with special services throughout including two identical Public Carol Services held by the Cathedral to celebrate Christmas. (Entry to both services are on a first come, first seated basis. Service on the 23rd December starts at 19.30 with Doors opening at 18.00, Service on the 24th December starts at 15.00 with Doors opening at 13.30)

Choral Evensong on Christmas Eve is at 1700, Sung Eucharist on Christmas Day, with the Archbishop of Canterbury preaching, is at 1100

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Visit Canterbury Cathedral to come face to face with enchanting and inspiring architecture and history, continuing to attract people from all over the world.

The Cathedral’s history began in 597AD when Augustine, a monk sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived as a missionary and established his seat (or ‘cathedra’) in Canterbury.

Stand on the exact spot where, in 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral, making the site one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage centres, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral houses a Romanesque crypt dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th century Perpendicular Nave. Wonder at the beautiful medieval stained glass windows that illustrate miracles and stories associated with Saint Thomas.

As part of your visit to Canterbury Cathedral, take in the tranquil ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church as they form one of Britain’s few World Heritage Sites.

Please remember, the Cathedral is a working church and place of faith, regularly closing for services and/or special events.

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