Explore historic Canterbury Cathedral

Visit Canterbury Cathedral to come face to face with enchanting and inspiring architecture and history which continues 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, making the site one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage centres, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. 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. One of the most popular things for families to do in Kent.

Local attractions and things to do in the area may not be open all year round and may require pre-booking. Please check the attraction website before visiting to avoid disappointment.

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