Canterbury Cathedral - part of Canterbury's UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has so much to offer any visitor. From welcoming pilgrims throughout the middle ages, who flocked to view the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket's martyrdom and shrine, today visitors from across the globe are introduced to treasures from stunning stained glass to beautiful stonework. With a 1,400 year history that has helped shape England, from its role in the Magna Carta negotiations through to surviving the Blitz bombing of the city, and with King Henry IV and the Black Prince entombed here, royal connections abound.
Outside, the Cathedral is surrounded by tranquil gardens which offer the chance to reflect and relax, from the peaceful Memorial garden filled with imaginative planting and modern sculpture, to a modern recreation of a 16th century Medicinal Herb Garden. With brand new facilities from a stunning Visitor Centre with viewing platform to a new shop, there is much to explore. Daily talks and bookable guided tours are on offer for individuals, subject to availability, while groups can book private guided visits and a wide range of 'behind the scenes' tours while current social distancing visits mean Canterbury Cathedral will be a highlight of your itinerary whenever you visit. Check the Cathedrals website for the latest visit information (link above).
Canterbury Cathedral is located in the centre of the historic city of Canterbury in the heart of Kent. Whether you are coming by car, train, bus, coach or ferry there is easy access. Canterbury is well served by the motorway network with both the M20 and M2 providing links to the rest of England. There are several car parks in the centre of Canterbury and a park and ride scheme operates with buses running at 7 - 8 minute intervals from designated areas on the outskirts of the city right into the city centre. For information on parking in and around Canterbury, visit the Canterbury City Council website.
Canterbury Cathedral is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor and has been awarded their Certificate of Excellence!!!