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Visit Canterbury Cathedral

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Rediscover England’s First Cathedral on a day out 1,400 years in the making. World Heritage Site, Mother Church & resting place of royalty.

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Founded in 597 by St Augustine, the tradition of Christian worship has taken place here for 1400 years. But that is only part of the story of this Cathedral. It has witnessed many upheavals in its history; the Reformation, when the Benedictine monks were expelled and the Shrine of St. Thomas destroyed, or the Iconoclasts when religious symbols in stone and stained glass were defaced or removed. You can still see those empty spaces today.

Explore the beauty of the 12th century Crypt with its contemporary wall paintings or 13th century Gothic Quire with its ornate parclose screen. The resting place of many Archbishops; Hubert Walter, Bishop of Richard the Lionheart, Chichele who raised funds for Henry V’s victorious French campaign or Simon of Sudbury, Bishop of Richard II, dragged from the Tower of London during the peasants revolt and brutally beheaded on Tower Hill.

The resting place of royalty: Henry IV the first Lancastrian King, with his life sized effigy carved in marble or the tomb of Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince, hero of the battles of Crecy and Poitiers and icon of his age.

The Cathedral has survived wars, persecution and political intrigue, it has offered sanctuary to those in need and has inspired writers like Chaucer, Marlowe and T.S.Eliot. It has been visited by monarchs, statesmen and prime ministers. In the Chapter House Margaret Thatcher and President Mitterand signed the Channel Tunnel Treaty in 1984. From the Medieval age to Modern Canterbury Cathedral has been part of it all.

When booking to visit, please ensure that all those in your party are able to attend together under the current Covid regulations. Regretfully, separate households who are not part of a support bubble may not obtain tickets within the same booking.

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