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Summer fun at the cathedral and the chance to see oldest stained glass

There's even an artisitc exploration of the Great British Fish and Chips

With Kids Go Free† and a range of new and exciting free* visitor experiences – including Discovery Days for young explorers – this summer is the perfect time to rediscover Canterbury Cathedral.
Summer events and activities include:

FREE* Discovery Days: Hands-on activities – Fun, hands-on activities every Wednesday in August, including Medieval Feasting, Shields and Symbols, Animals in the Archives, and Miraculous Comics.

FREE* Discovery Days: Storytelling – exciting, interactive storytelling sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays based on fascinating people and events from the Cathedral’s colourful history.

FREE* Stonemasonry demos – chat with our stonemasons and see their carving skills in action up close, as they demonstrate the techniques and artistry of this centuries-old craft.

FREE* Gregory’s Hidden History Hunt – explore The Precincts to discover 10 of Gregory Gargoyle’s favourite facts, and answer his Cathedral quiz. Everyone who completes the quiz correctly can claim a Canterbury Cathedral pencil as prize.

NEW exhibition spaces

Summer 2021 brings new free* exhibition spaces to the cathedral:

Viewing Gallery: Crafting the Cathedral – a must for model enthusiasts and fans of architecture, this exhibition features exquisite 1:720 scale replicas of famous cathedrals.

Water Tower Corridor: Chalices, Flagons and Patens – Church practice through the centuries has been full of variety, as can be seen in the objects used in worship, from simple communion cups to decorated chalices. 

Water Tower: Monastic Life – discover what day-to-day life was like for Canterbury’s monks.

The Community Studio: Great British Fish and Chips – an artistic exploration of the nation’s favourite meal, this exhibition by artist Olivier Kugler and writer Andrew Humphreys, in partnership with Turner Contemporary, was created through interviews with the owners, staff and customers of chippies across Kent.

Guided Tours – only £5 per person*Discover the Cathedral’s amazing history, spaces and secrets with our expert tour guides. Each tour costs £5 per person and can be booked in the Nave.

Stained glass history

As reported by BBC News recently, a new study suggests that four of Canterbury Cathedral’s Ancestor Windows may be the earliest extant stained glass windows in Britain, and among the oldest surviving stained glass in the world. Dating from 1130-1160, these windows would have witnessed the murder of Thomas Becket, the cathedral fire of 1174, and most of English history.

Greater detail of the summer guide at the cathedral can be found here.

† Terms and conditions apply.

*Precinct entrance charges apply. Costs for guided tours and the audio and media guides are in addition to Precinct entry charges. Children must be accompanied at all times.

Visitor opening times and the availability of events and activities may change at short notice due to funerals, weddings, services or exceptional circumstances. Please check our website prior to your visit for closures and restrictions.

All events and activities will be staged in line with any social distancing guidelines in place at the time and could be subject to amendment or cancellation at short notice in line with Government announcements.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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