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Canterbury Cathedral

This 1,400-year-old establishment is known for its breathtaking Gothic ceilings, its outstanding historical collections and its choir.

Pay a visit to the Canterbury Cathedral to get in touch with British history at one of the country’s most important religious sites. Delight in its Gothic style and its ancient artifacts, or make a pilgrimage to pray at its welcoming daily services.  

Since St. Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury, made his journey from Rome in A.D. 597 and established the cathedral, it has been a place of prayer for local Anglicans. Because it has been rebuilt and expanded extensively over the centuries, Canterbury Cathedral is even more impressive today.

Enter through the nave and take in the sight of a magnificent hall with ceilings that stretch up to the sky. Continue towards the impressive Quire and the Trinity chapel, which are characterized by detailed white pillars and stained-glass windows that,fill the cathedral with light. 

Join a guided tour to hear intriguing anecdotes about the building’s history and learn the meanings behind the scenes depicted in the stained-glass windows. Visit the well-lit crypt to see the marble plinth shrine of the historical religious icon, Thomas Becket. The elaborate decorations and candle lighting make it a peaceful attraction.

Take the opportunity to attend the cathedral’s daily services. Anglicans can get in touch with their faith with a pilgrimage to the cathedral, and receive a thanksgiving prayer any time of day from a priest. Visitors of other denominations are welcome too and can enjoy the lovely choir accompaniment for each service that continues a 1,400-year-old musical tradition.

End your visit with a walk around the cathedral’s picturesque gardens.

Canterbury Cathedral is at the center of town and is open daily. The entry fee includes access to the grounds. Guided tours are held every day except Sunday and have a fee.   

Those interested in British history can prearrange to also visit the cathedral archives to view one of Britain’s most important historical collections. Travel back in time exploring this literature, with texts dating back to the 14th century.


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ABode Canterbury £109
ABode Canterbury

ABode Canterbury

30-33 High St, Canterbury, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Canterbury, this romantic hotel is steps from Royal Museum and Art Gallery and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and St. Martin's Church are also within 15 minutes. Canterbury West Station is 8 minutes by foot and Canterbury East Station is 10 minutes.

    The Falstaff Hotel £74
    The Falstaff Hotel

    The Falstaff Hotel

    8-10 St Dunstan Street Kent, Canterbury, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Canterbury, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Westgate Gardens and Towers and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and St. Martin's Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Canterbury West Station is only a 4-minute walk and Canterbury East Station is 14 minutes.

      Sun Hotel £95
      Sun Hotel

      Sun Hotel

      Sun Street, Canterbury, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Canterbury, this boutique hotel is steps away from Canterbury Roman Museum and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church and Marlowe Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Canterbury East Station is 9 minutes by foot and Canterbury West Station is 11 minutes.

        The Millers Arms £72
        The Millers Arms

        The Millers Arms

        2 Mill Lane, Canterbury, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Canterbury, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church and Canterbury Christ Church University are also within 1 mile (2 km). Canterbury West Station is 6 minutes by foot and Canterbury East Station is 14 minutes.

          Cathedral Gate Hotel £66
          Cathedral Gate Hotel

          Cathedral Gate Hotel

          36, Burgate, Canterbury, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Canterbury, this guesthouse is steps away from Canterbury Roman Museum and Canterbury Cathedral. St. Martin's Church and Marlowe Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Canterbury East Station is 10 minutes by foot and Canterbury West Station is 11 minutes.

            Castle House Hotel £100
            Castle House Hotel

            Castle House Hotel

            28 Castle Street, Canterbury, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Canterbury, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Cathedral and Marlowe Theatre. St. Martin's Church and Canterbury Christ Church University are also within 1 mile (2 km). Canterbury East Station is only a 2-minute walk and Canterbury West Station is 15 minutes.

              The Pilgrims Hotel £89
              The Pilgrims Hotel

              The Pilgrims Hotel

              18 The Friars, Canterbury, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Canterbury, this hotel is steps away from Weaver's House and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Christ Church University are also within 15 minutes. Canterbury West Station is 7 minutes by foot and Canterbury East Station is 11 minutes.

                Greyfriars Lodge £62
                Greyfriars Lodge

                Greyfriars Lodge

                6 STOUR STREET, Canterbury, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Canterbury, this lodge is steps away from Royal Museum and Art Gallery and Marlowe Theatre. Canterbury Cathedral and St. Martin's Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Canterbury East Station is 8 minutes by foot and Canterbury West Station is 9 minutes.