Discover the entire Canterbury UNESCO Site

10 Jun 2022

This fully-guided six-hour tour arranged by Canterbury Cathedral visits Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s church, the three sites in the city that together make Canterbury a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to give a fascinating and detailed insight into the introduction of Roman Christianity to Britain.

The tour takes you from the arrival of St Augustine into Canterbury in 597 to the creation of the Abbey that bears his name; how the Cathedral evolved from its early beginnings to present day status as mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the opportunity to discover the hidden history of St Martin’s Church, England’s oldest parish church.

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The tour includes:

  • A warm welcome at Canterbury Cathedral followed by a 90-minute guided tour of the Cathedral
  • Refreshments, provided by the Cathedral, before a guided walk to St Augustine’s Abbey
  • A 75-minute guided tour of the monastic ruins of the Abbey
  • Free time in which to enjoy your own picnic lunch or explore the surrounding cafes, and visit the Abbey’s Museum and shop
  • A short walk to St Martin’s Church for a 30-minute visit incorporating a talk on the history of the church and the chance to see the doorway used by Queen Bertha
  • The conclusion of the tour at the Cathedral, where you have a chance to explore the stunning Cathedral Precincts, gardens, and gift shop.

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Please note, the tour duration is around 6 hours, which is mostly spent standing or walking, so appropriate clothing and footwear is advised.

Due to the ancient nature of the three sites you are visiting, please be aware that some areas of the Cathedral, parts of the St Augustine site, and large parts of St Martin’s are regrettably inaccessible to wheelchairs and prams.

Visitors of the tour have said:

‘Thank you so much for organising the UNESCO guided tour. I think everyone thought it a tremendous success. Lovely mix of interested people and excellent, friendly and knowledgeable guides. I enjoyed every minute of it and learnt a lot.’

‘If I hadn’t been on this tour I would have never have known that the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world was in Canterbury and now I’ve visited it. It’s been a wonderful day’.