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WE LCO M E TOC A N T E R B U RYC AT H E D R A LMOTHER CHURCHOF THE WORLDWIDE ANGLICANCOMMUNIONSeat of theArchbishop ofCanterburyNTERBULDERW OSITERYCASite of the murder ofArchbishopThomas BecketH E RITAGwww.canterbury-cathedral.org

WELCOMEPilgrims and visitors have made their way toCanterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. Itremains one of the most visited places in thecountry, and, just as importantly, a working, livingchurch and community. Visitors have alwaysbeen made welcome in the ancient tradition ofBenedictine hospitality, and we continue thistradition, warmly inviting you to share withus the beauty of one of the great holyplaces of Christendom.

“ C A N T E R B U RYTO P ST H E C H A RT SWHEN IT COMES TO ENGLISHCATHEDRAL CITIES”LONELY PLANET GUIDET H E C AT H E D R A L A N D I TSH I STO RYIn 597AD, Pope Gregory the Great senta monk, Augustine, to England as amissionary. Augustine established hisseat (or ‘Cathedra’) and monastery inCanterbury and became England’s firstArchbishop.In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket wasmurdered in the Cathedral and, whensoon afterwards miracles were said totake place, the Cathedral became oneof Europe’s most important pilgrimagecentres, as most famously told inGeoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.The Cathedral is the seat of theArchbishop of Canterbury and services(many sung by our world-renownedchoir) take place every day. For millionsof Anglicans worldwide, CanterburyCathedral is their Mother Church.

“ HUMANIT Y WA S NEVER S OHAPPILY INSPIRED A S WHEN ITM A D E A C AT H E D R A L ”ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, 1850-1894One of the greatest glories of CanterburyCathedral is its stained glass, andvisitors from all over the world wonderat the craftsmanship that dates backto the days of the murder of ThomasBecket. Indeed, the collection of 12thand 13th century glass - depicting royalconnections, bible stories and miraclesassociated with Thomas Becket – isthe most important collection of earlymedieval stained glass in the country.Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’sAbbey and St Martin’s Church makeup Canterbury’s World Heritage Site.St Martin’s Church, the building inwhich Augustine and his followers firstworshipped, is the oldest working churchin England. The ruins of St Augustine’sAbbey include the remains of themonastery where his monks lived andworshipped and where Kentish Kings andthe first Archbishops were buried.G RO U P FA C I L I T I E SPre-booked groups benefit from reducedrates and fast-track entry. Visit theCathedral website for up-to-date rates,or contact the Visits Office.G U I D E D TO U RSOur guides are experts at making theCathedral’s rich history come to life andwe strongly recommend you book aprivate tour (available in 10 languages)for your group. Guided tours can bebooked any time from 09.00-15.30 hrsMonday – Friday, and 09.00-13.00 hrson Saturday, and can be tailored to thespecial interest of the group.Depending on Cathedral availability,historic evening tours may also bearranged.A U D I O TO U RS A N D A U D I OVISUALAudio tours, lasting 40 minutes, areavailable in seven languages. Anattractive AV theatre may be booked toview a short film (in several languages)as an introduction to your visit.

“AVIBRANTCHRISTIANCOMMUNITYWHERE PRAYER HA S BEENOFFERED FOR MORE THAN1400 YE ARS”

The Cathedral continues to attractmodern day pilgrims and staff in theVisits Office would be pleased to discussspecial requirements for private servicesor guided tours of a more spiritualnature.packages can be arranged to visit theCathedral’s priceless archives and rarebooks library, to learn more aboutstained glass conservation, to view thebeautiful church vestments, to observethe skills of our (25!) stonemasons or toenjoy a tour by our Head Gardener.C H O I RSSPECIAL NEEDSPILGRIMAGESWe offer choirs the opportunity togive informal midday recitals in theCathedral. The recitals take placeat midday in the Quire and last amaximum of 30 minutes.B E H I N D -T H E - S C E N E S TO U RSWe offer a wide range of facilities forvisitors with specific needs. A detailedAccess Statement and ‘Visitors withDisabilities’ leaflet may be downloadedfrom our website, and staff will bepleased to assist during the bookingprocess or on arrival.E D U C AT I O N A L G RO U PSThe Cathedral is a rich educationalresource and we offer a wide range offormal and informal learning activitiesto inspire young and old.Most visitors do not realise thatbehind-the-scenes some 300 peoplestill go about their daily business,preparing services, creating beautifulmusic, restoring the stained glass andcrumbling stone, and conserving uniqueand rare books, much as the monks didso many years ago.Groups visiting the Cathedral can nowexperience these fascinating aspectsof Cathedral life. Special tailor-madeOur Schools Office offers curriculumlinked activities for visiting schools andthe Visits Office arranges tours tailoredto study subjects such as architecture,conservation, literature, music, art andof course religion for students in furtherand higher education.Foreign language students improvetheir language skills with our EFLquestionnaire, as well as learn about theCathedral’s rich history. We also offerguided tours in ‘slow English’.Educational visits may be combinedwith a visit to the Cathedral Archives &Library.

GENERAL VISITING TIMESWeekdaysSummer 09.00-17.30* hrsWinter09.00-17.00* hrsThe Crypt10.00-17.00*/17.30* hrsSundays Throughout the year,including the Crypt12.30-14.30* hrs*Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing timesPlease note the Cathedral, or parts of it, regularlyclose for special events or services. Always checkup-to-date opening times before travelling.Except for services, there is a charge toenter the Precincts.“AWA RDED THEC ERTIFIC ATE O FEXC ELLENC E”TRIP ADVISORCANTERBURY CATHEDRALLODGEA C C O M M O D AT I O NThere is so much to see in Canterbury,you will need days to explore it all, sowhy not stay overnight in the groundsof the Cathedral? Canterbury CathedralLodge offers first class accommodationwith stunning Cathedral views. The Lodgealso offers conference facilities and grouphospitality.Visit www.canterburycathedrallodge.orgfor details.H O W TO G ET TO C A N T E R B U RYC AT H E D R A LCanterbury is within easy reach of London,the Channel ports, London airports andAshford International/Ebbsfleet (Eurostar)stations. The Cathedral is a short walk fromthe Canterbury East or West station andcoach park. A coach drop-off is available atthe bus station.For details and downloadable maps, visitwww.visitcanterbury.co.uk.Visits OfficeCathedral House, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EHTel: 44 (0) 1227 762862 Email: edral.org www.canterburycathedrallodge.org

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