Canterbury Cathedral - Walk in the Footsteps of Early Christian Pioneers

With Bell Harry Tower dominating the modern cityscape, Canterbury Cathedral's stunning combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture houses a wealth of treasures including the tombs of King Henry IV and the Black Prince. Following Archbishop Thomas Becket's murder in 1170, stories of miraculous recoveries from illness circulated from visitors to his shrine and Canterbury became a major pilgrimage destination, celebrated in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral is only one third of Canterbury's UNESCO World Heritage Site: St Martin's Church, the nation's oldest continually used chapel and St Augustine's Abbey, burial place of Anglo-Saxon kings and archbishops
comprise the other historic locations. You can visit each site individually or choose to enjoy a wonderful day out on a guided tour combining all three.

The 'Foundations of Faith' tour offers a fascinating insight into the introduction of Roman Christianity into Britain. Starting with Queen Bertha's 6th century arrival in England, the tour visits St Martin's, her personal church. You will trace St Augustine's arrival in Kent in 597 and the creation of the Abbey that bears his name before discovering Canterbury Cathedral's formation and development as Mother Church of the Church of England, all as you explore stunning architecture and striking scenery.
This full-day experience features a guided tour at each site, an included sandwich lunch in the wonderful gardens of Canterbury Cathedral, accompanied walks between each location and runs across several
bookable dates in 2024. Tours can also be arranged for groups of 10 people or more at a date to suit you.

To arrange the tour for a group contact visits@canterbury-cathedral.org
More information can be found at www.canterburyunescotour.co.uk

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Following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, stories of miraculous recoveries from illness circulated among visitors to his shrine and Canterbury became a major place of pilgrimage, celebrated in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The prosperity that multitudes of pilgrims brought to the Cathedral resulted in its enlargement and adornment with stunning stained-glass windows, remaining the finest collection from this period in the UK.

The Cathedral also features an intricately carved wooden Quire, stunning stone statues and awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings. Outside, the atmospheric Cloisters offer a chance for quiet reflection and an array of gardens from a contemplative Memorial Garden through to a re-imagining of a medieval monk's Herbarium are waiting to be discovered.

Groups can enhance their visit with a guided tour from a wide range of available options, from tours inside the cathedral to Garden Precincts and Herbarium-themed tours on offer for green-fingered travellers wanting an introduction to the Cathedral's outside spaces.

Audio guides can also be downloaded to your mobile and talks or special-access tours can also be arranged in line with your group's interests.

Whichever way you choose to visit, Canterbury Cathedral and the UNESCO sites are waiting to welcome you.

For more information and to book contact:
melodie.robson@canterbury-cathedral.org
Visits Team: 01227 762862