- Location: In Canterbury in Kent County
- Attraction Type: Cathedral
- Significance: Mother Church of Anglican Communion, a UNESCO World Heritage
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
- Visiting Hours: 1st Oct to Easter — 9 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Saturday Easter to 30th Sept — 9 am to 6:30 pm from Monday to Saturday All Sundays — 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and 4:30 to 5:30 pm
- How to reach: By train from London and other major towns to Canterbury; the Cathedral is within 10 min. walking distance from Canterbury Rail Station; alternatively by highways M2 and A2 from London
- Nearest International Airport: All London airports
Canterbury Cathedral is the home of a group of people who aim at making this building a place of beauty, purity, and friendship. This Mother Church of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s seat and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geoffrey Chaucer in his Prologue to the Canterbury Tales has made ample references to this historic cathedral.
In 597 AD Pope Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine to Kent for converting Angle slaves. King Ethelbert the local king of Kent donated St. Martin’s Cathedral to St. Augustine. King Ethelbert’s queen, French Princess Bertha was already a Christian by then. Augustine consecrated as a bishop in France was subsequently made Archbishop of Canterbury by the Pope. The current Archbishop is 104th in line since then.
Since medieval times Canterbury Cathedral in England has been among the most visited places. Here visitors are received in a traditional Benedictine fashion which is warm and inviting. This holy place of Christendom has been a source of inspiration for people from all parts of the world.
Visiting Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral in the UK is a magnificent creation in stone, oak wood, and gilt. This outstanding cathedral surrounded by ruins and medieval buildings also included its monasteries bakery, granary, and brewery presently all of which are occupied by King’s School. The Chapter House with its raised Prior’s seat and lofty oak ceilings was the meeting place of the monks. The cloisters with narrow stone benches were used as studies. The Nave characterized by tall columns, delicate arches, and gilt roof is a marvelous representation of English Perpendicular Gothic architecture designed by Henry Level.
The Trinity Chapel containing the shrine of Thomas Becket is adorned with stained glass windows illustrating the stories and miracles of St. Thomas. The Crypt built in Romanesque architecture is the oldest portion of this Cathedral dating back to the 11th century. The paintings in St. Gabriel’s Chapel, its intricate columns and decorated capitals are amazing.
Accommodation and Dining at Canterbury Castle
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is not only an impressive accommodation facility but also an ideal meeting venue. With natural acoustics and fully equipped presentation facilities, this lodge is a perfect venue for corporate conferences, business meetings, concerts, and social gatherings. For staying you could choose from 30 elegant and fully furnished rooms.
The dining facility of Canterbury Cathedral includes a 50 seat restaurant where you could savor the best food in town. All ingredients are sourced locally and are fresh.