St. Martin's Church

4.5 Currently Closed
  • Address: North Holmes Rd, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1PW, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 11:00 am - 03:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1227768072
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Family And Kids

Although not as huge and as magnificent as the most popular churches in England, don't let this charmingly quaint church building throw you off. The St. Martin’s Church is the first church founded in England, and hence the oldest. A World Heritage Site, this church, infact, is the oldest church in the entire English-speaking world. It was here that Queen Bertha prayed back in the 6th century, and it was this church that St Augustine made his mission headquarter.

St. Martin's Church Hours

Open for visitors only on:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: From 11am to 3pm.
  • Sunday: From 9.50am to 10.20am.

Visits on other days may be arranged after prior notice by sending an email to Ruth Matthews on

How to Reach St. Martin's Church

  • Bus stop adjacent HM Prison
  • Bus stop near Mill House

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  • St. Martin's Church Address: North Holmes Rd, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1PW, United Kingdom
  • St. Martin's Church Contact Number: +44-1227768072
  • St. Martin's Church Timing: 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • St. Martin's Church Price: Free
  • Best time to visit St. Martin's Church(preferred time): 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit St. Martin's Church: 00:30 Mins
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  • 21.7% of people who visit Canterbury include St. Martin's Church in their plan

  • 65% of people start their St. Martin's Church visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St. Martin's Church

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St. Martin's Church

People normally club together St. Augustine's Abbey and Wildwood Discovery Park while planning their visit to St. Martin's Church.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

St. Martin's Church Reviews & Ratings

  • A very special place. Set off the main road, the little street rises up towards the church, which itself has a raised and circular(ish) site on which yew trees surround the building. The exposed brickwork tells the story visually of the building, while some unusually detailed headstones shine a light on the individual stories of some of the people buried at the site.

  • One of my favorite places to visit in Canterbury. Very old historical church. Beautiful interiors.

  • The oldest English church that has been in continuous use. Renovated in the 6th century by Queen Bertha, the church is thought to have originally been in use in the late Roman period before falling into disuse. Forms part of the World Heritage site.

  • It was closed when I got there. But it was nice to visit an ancient Church.

  • Historically important church for England. Non descript to look at.

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