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St. Martin's Church

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Britain's oldest church still operating - well worth the effort to get to see

The atmosphere in this ancient, Saxon Church makes up for its very plainness interior. It is quite... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Worthing, United Kingdom

This is an historically significant spot. It is where St. Augustine preached after being sent to... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
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St. Martins Court North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QS, England
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

The atmosphere in this ancient, Saxon Church makes up for its very plainness interior. It is quite a hike from the centre of town, but well worth the effort

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

This is an historically significant spot. It is where St. Augustine preached after being sent to England by the Pope to restore Christianity to the island. St. Martin’s Church is the oldest continuously operating church in the English speaking world. It has been significantly expanded...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike3521
Reviewed 2 September 2018

From the cathedral it is uphill all the way to this tiny little church but it is so loaded with history I would strongly suggest you give it a go. Situated just outside the city centre, St.Martin's was Queen Bertha's chapel before Augustine's arrival. It...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

St Martin's Church is one of the three places in Canterbury that form together it's Unesco heritage site. Situated slightly further from the town centre (roughly 15-20 min walk), it is far less touristic, and when we visited it, there was no one except for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KirillLukjanov
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

St.Martin's is the oldest English-speaking church still active. It is a small church with little to explore but rich History. It is surrounded by a cemetery and it is quiet and peaceful. We were greated at the entrance with a map of the church with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carolina G
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Th story of this church I sjust amazing. You can also follow the walk of queen Bertha from the church into canterbury cathedral. Amazingly atmospheric

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Enka29
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Whether you are exploring for religious or secular reasons, this is a place that you should visit if in Canterbury. The principal section represents literally the oldest functioning church in England, but there is one part of the building that may even be Roman in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank rodney3rd
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The grounds are quite lovely here to see some old tombstones surrounding one of the oldest (if not oldest) active churches in England. The building is petite and charming.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 12 June 2018

St. Martin's is said to be England's oldest church in continuous use. It's located off a fairly busy road in Canterbury, but the church yard itself is quiet and secluded, and seems more like a country church than a big-city church. It is not far...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Northern_Ibis
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Canterbury and about 15 mins walk from the famous Canterbury Cathedral, this oldest church in continuous use in the entire English-speaking world, is often given a miss by tourist visiting the more well-known and famous Canterbury Cathedral. If...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Rajib_Deysarkar
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