A fascinating medieval city that has been the center of English Christianity since St. Augustine was sent here by Pope Gregory in 597AD. The original church was rebuilt in the 11th century as the magnificent cathedral we will visit today. Of the 104 Archbishops to date, possibly the most famous is Thomas Becket, who was gruesomely murdered in the cathedral in 1170.
The Quire and Trinity Chapel
The Quire was re-built and extended in the 12th century after a disastrous fire destroyed the earlier structure. It housed Thomas Becket's shrine until it was demolished and removed during the Reformation by order of Henry VIII. Beautiful stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.
There can be no doubt that one of the greatest glories of Canterbury Cathedral is its stained glass, and visitors from all over the world wonder at the craftsmanship. Indeed the collection of 12th and 13th century glass - depicting miracles, royal connections and Bible stories - is the finest in the country.
Itinerary / Activity Schedule
- Mother Church of the Anglican Communion
- Romanesque Crypt
- 12th century Gothic Quire
- 14th-15th century Nave
- Site of Becket's Martyrdom and Shrine
- Notable stained glass
- Attraction ticket
- Transportation to/from attraction
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- The Cathedral plays an active role in the community and is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. This inevitably leads to restrictions on general visiting. Please check before visiting.
- The east end of the Cathedral, including the Quire, will close everyday in preparation for Evensong from 16:30 (Monday-Friday) and from 14:30 (Saturday and Sunday).
- To avoid disappointment please always confirm closures before traveling.