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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, United Kingdom, CT1 2EH

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.

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Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
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Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
$138.90 per adult
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Leeds Castle / Canterbury Cathedral
Clarissa our guide was wonderful n informative. The coach was comfortable. It was a long tour/day but well worth it. We also got to the Dover cliffs n the British war museum. Recommend it
1mrmagoo, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Canterbury

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Had a wonderful time. ...
Gary_R, Sep 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Had a wonderful time. Guide and Driver were outstanding. The castle was beautiful and Canterbury was so inspiring.
star-4
Lovely experience
Ali, Jun 2021
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Communication was perfect. Timings spot on. Would've preferred a bit more time at white cliffs of Dover. But overall fantastic experience. Our guide Kirsten and driver Clive were very friendly and lovely people. I would consider booking through Anderson tours in the future.
star-5
Good experience, great guide
Tracy, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The tour guide, Tony, was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed visiting Leeds Castle and seeing the cliffs especially. We ended up seeing the cliffs from afar from the beach. Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful, but is under construction right now.
star-5
Host Giovanni & driver Desmond were great!
michaelbeg2019, Oct 2019
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Dover Cliffs and Castle and the Canterbury Cathedral were a perfect day trip. Great and thoughtful info and history shared by Giovanna along the way. She and Desmond were fun and professional.
star-5
Delightful
Roberta J, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
This was a very enjoyable day trip loved the views along the way, Leeds Castle and grounds were beautiful. Canterbury Cathedral is magnificent, only shame was the amount of renovations/maintenance taking place
star-5
Amazing experience!
C710BIdavidb, Jun 2018
Full-day White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral Tour from London
Cliffs are amazing, when thinking about how huge and how long they have been around! Bus ride was comfortable and short, from London, and tour guide helpful. We did not take any formal tours, but toured at our own pace (we are 70 and 77), which is slow but steady. Did only the first half mile along the cliff edge, and got a good view stretching ahead. At Canterbury Cathedral, we were awed by the detail and age and well-preserved condition overall, and were able to photograph inside!
star-4
London Area Tour
Donald B, Aug 2019
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
Overall this was a very nice all day tour. The Guide was not very enthusiastic. He didn't stop to let us take pictures of the time ball in Greenwich that they are famous for. Instead we wasted time waiting for him to get water bus tickets. The water bus was a disappointment. Should have gotten a tour boat instead. We had adequate time at Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Dover.
star-5
Great Trip
G8536FPterryb, Sep 2019
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
We had a wonderful time visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral. Our guide, Rhys, was excellent.
star-5
Amazing
KshyamaM_S, Dec 2020
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
It was a wonderful experience with you. As per COVID situation you did extra care for everyone. Tour was amazing as well. Thank you
star-4
Very nice tour. Enjoyed al, the...
Lauren S, Oct 2018
Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London
Very nice tour. Enjoyed al, the location even tough the weather didnt cooperate. Coach was clean and comfortable. I would use this tour operator again.
star-4
An excellent tour. Our guide was...
Roslyn B, Jan 2018
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
An excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. My only extra comment is that the Golden Tours office was not well set up.....really, shouldnt they have clean rest rooms available before 40 people leave for a bus tour?
star-5
Really nice tour, the bus was really...
Giovanni N, Jan 2018
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Really nice tour, the bus was really clean and comfortable. Our guide was really prepared. Maybe you should say that Dover cliff are really far from the stop and you can’t see anything you aspected.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Canterbury Cathedral’s historic significance makes it a must-see for history buffs.

  • Some tours include admission; 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.

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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.

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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 the 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.

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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.

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Canterbury Cathedral