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.
Tours To Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral Reviews
Spectacular and touristy Impressive building which seems even bigger on the inside, despite currently being covered in scaffolding for renovation works. The cathedral precincts outside are pleasantly uncrowded after the bustle of the city centre and inside there were less people than I expected, but it a huge space and easy to lose a crowd. There were a number of staff providing tours but I couldn't see any ordained staff and this was the thing I sensed most, that the cathedral has exchanged it's spirituality for tourism and, if that's the case, then everyone loses, including the tourists.
A beautiful place lots of work going on and a wedding and a Belgium choir singing which was wonderful. We went on the right day! An amazing cathedral. Beautiful stained glass windows intricate ceiling designs a wonderful history. You must visit this wonderful place.
Plan your trip to Canterbury
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Canterbury
Side trips from Canterbury
Hidden gems in Canterbury
See all ›
See all ›
Plans to Canterbury Cathedral by other users
58 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 46 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM HUNGARY September, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 5 days in Rye BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Canterbury BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in London BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium