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1. Canterbury Cathedral

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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. Founded by St Augustine in 602 AD, the building underwent several re-builds during the Saxon and Viking periods until the existing structure was started in 1070 by the Norman bishop Lanfranc.
 
During the 1390's, the nave was re-modelled in the Perpendicular style of English Gothic architecture, which dominates today. One hundred years later, what is now known as the 'Bell Harry Tower' was constructed. The the last major alteration was the re-construction of the north west tower in the 1830's.
 
You enter the grounds of the cathedral and former abbey through the ornate 16th century Christ Church Gate. The junction of nearby streets was where religious relics were once sold to pilgrims. Passing through the gatehouse you see one of the finest views of the cathedral with its soaring towers and pinnacles. 
 
Once inside, lookk for the tomb of Henry IV, and the gilded effigy of Edward III's son, the Black Prince. The crypt is one of the few remaining relics of the Norman cathedral and is considered one of the best in the country, with low Romanesque arches and well-preserved carvings on the capitals of the columns.
 
There's also some vivid medieval stained glass, notably in Trinity Chapel, where the life and works of Thomas a Becket are depicted. 

Canterbury Cathedral Address: 
Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
England, UK

Canterbury Cathedral Opening Times:
Weekdays     
Summer - 9.00 am - 5.30 pm* 
Winter - 9.00 am - 5.00 pm* 
The Crypt 10.00 am - 5.30 pm*
Sundays (throughout the year, including the Crypt)
12.30 pm - 2.30 pm* hrs
 
* Last entry ½ hr prior to closing time     
Parts of the Cathedral may be open outside these hours. Contact the Visits Office for up-to-date opening details.

Canterbury Cathedral Admission:
There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.
 
Adults  £8.00
Pre-booked groups £7.00
Concessions  £7.00
Pre-booked groups £7.00
T  +44 (0) 1227 762862

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