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Canterbury Cathedral Tours

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Discover a national symbol and gain insight into England’s history at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Canterbury Cathedral. Dating back to 597, the site has held religious significance for centuries, drawing pilgrims to the location of Thomas Becket’s murder and visitors interested in its medieval towers, chapels, and stained-glass windows.

The Basics
The cathedral’s distance from London makes it a prime stop on a tour of the South. Combine your visit with stops at other landmarks, such as Leeds Castle and Dover Cliffs, for a full day’s break from the capital, or take advantage of multi-attraction tours that allow you to explore London and beyond at your own pace. Opt for a guided cathedral tour for intimate insight, or be immersed as you explore the historic grounds independently.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Canterbury Cathedral’s historic significance makes it a must-see for history buffs.
  • Some tours include admittance; otherwise, there is a charge to enter the cathedral and grounds outside of service hours.
  • Built across several levels, some of the medieval structure—including the Trinity Chapel—is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The cathedral is a short walk from both Canterbury West and Canterbury East stations, with direct links to London. The Kent site is easy to access from the channel ports, ideal for Eurostar or ferry travelers. On-site parking is available only via prior arrangement, but the city offers plenty of affordable alternatives, including a park-and-ride service. Many tours from London include round-trip transportation.

When to Get There
Canterbury Cathedral is a sight to behold at any time of year, though December’s carol services certainly add to the magic. Spring and summer bring extended daylight hours and an ideal climate for outdoor exploring. If you’re curious about worship as well as sightseeing, entry to the cathedral is free during service times, making Sunday a popular day to visit.

The Significance of Canterbury Cathedral
As the home of the Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral holds a special relationship with English history and culture. The Kingdom of Kent was the first to convert to Christianity under Rome, and Archbishop Thomas Becket’s murder in 1170 solidified the building’s religious and political importance. The cathedral has links to William the Conqueror and the Magna Carta, and was immortalized by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, in his famous Canterbury Tales.
Address: Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, United Kingdom CT1 2EH, England
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Canterbury Cathedral

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Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Canterbury Trail Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Pilgrims and Pit Stops: A Canterbury Trail Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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As an ancient pilgrimage site and destination in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Canterbury is a must-see for any visitor to England–but as such, the tour crowds can be big. Swerve the hordes and discover the city at your own pace with this walking audio tour. Simply book, download, and set off on the 2-kilometer trail, passing landmarks such as St. Dunstan's Church and Canterbury Cathedral, and hear anecdotal tales and funny facts all about the historic city.
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  • 35 minutes
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$5.13
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Private Guided Walk in Medieval Canterbury with Local Blue Badge Guide

Private Guided Walk in Medieval Canterbury with Local Blue Badge Guide

This Private Walking Tour will bring Canterbury and the murder of Thomas Becket to life! Find out what life would have been like as a pilgrim travelling to Canterbury. Make your own Canterbury Tale as you travel through time and discover this beautiful small walled city - a real gem in the Garden of England.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$425.27
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Private Tour of Leeds Castle and Canterbury

Private Tour of Leeds Castle and Canterbury

History buffs can discover two of England’s most beautiful—and less crowded—sites on this fascinating private tour. First, soak up the majesty of Leeds Castle, perhaps England’s most romantic castle, set on an island amid elaborate grounds. Then experience ancient Canterbury and tour its stunning cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour includes door-to-door transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$809.83
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Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales

Explore  the World Heritage Site of Canterbury with an expert local guide. This is a walking  tour lasting approximately four hours. Venture into some of its fascinating buildings such as the Eastbridge hospital (open during the Summer months), dating from early medieval times. Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Becket and the pilgrims made famous in Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales". Discover the tranquil Franciscan Friary or the area of the Blackfriars, tucked away treasures off the beaten track  in this beautiful city. Be taken to the centre of it all with a private tour of Canterbury Cathedral. Here at first hand, you will see the most beautiful stained glass panels going back to the 12th Century and listen to the stories that they tell. Include a stop at one of Canterbury's many charming cafes. Canterbury is less than an hour away by train from St Pancras Station in London.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$304.49
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Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London Stopover Canterbury Cathedral

Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London Stopover Canterbury Cathedral

Visit the English Cathedral City of Canterbury’, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to Canterbury Cathedral,you will not be disappointed.  • Enjoy a Hassle Free pick up from Dover Cruise Terminal • Transportation back to your Central London Hotel/ Accommodation • The Cathedral has been present since 597 AD  • Family Friendly • Duration 6 Hours including travel time
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$518.29
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