Company Name: Canterbury Cathedral

Contact: Therese Heslop

Job Title: Director of Visits & Marketing

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Web: www.canterbury‐cathedral.org

Tel: 01227 762862

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About us:
Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. Today we extend a warm welcome to more than 1 million visitors each year and hope that they will enjoy sharing with us the beauty of one of the great holy places of Christendom. Canterbury Cathedral, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site.

The Cathedral and its history
St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11 th century, a 12 th century early Gothic Quire and a 14 th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

Visitor facilities range from guided tours, audio visuals and audio tours to private evening tours and 'behind the scenes' tours to the Stained Glass Studio, Stone Conservation Workshop, Archives and/or Library. Choirs are offered the opportunity to sing informal midday recitals. Group hospitality for groups of up to 200 people and first class accommodation for up to 50 people is offered in the Cathedral Lodge, immediately next to the Cathedral.

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