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“Oldest church in England”

St. Martin's Church
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
Ranked #16 of 114 things to do in Canterbury
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This beautiful old church is about a 15 minute walk from the city center. Historically, it is the birthplace of Christianity in England. It is pretty small, and not very touristy, which is a nice change from the bustling cathedral. Walking back to the city, you pass St Augustine's abbey (worth visiting) and the old city walls, so it's worth a visit. Admission is free, the visiting hours are limited. Pick up a flier in the front that describes different important bits of the church.

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Well worth a visit but check for opening times. Queen Bertha was returning from praying here when she heard that St Augustine had landed (near what is now Ramsgate).

3  Thank Denise J
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

This little church is not far from St. Augustine's Abbey. The cemetery around it is a wonderful place and tells you a lot about the people who were buried there. Opening times for the church are only during service times, worth a visit!

2  Thank Ulrike M
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I have to caveat this review with the fact that I didn't go inside. I would have loved to have gone inside, merely to have the experience of going inside the longest-operating church in England. The history the walls, floors, pews, and relics have seen and heard! Wow. Alas, it was closed when we were there.

We did walk the grounds and discovered several gravestones that were older than the country of America, which merely reminds us of how small our lives really are in the grand story. We did have to quell my daughter's urge to play hide-and-seek, and remind her that this was a somber place, but we paid our respects and left. The graveyard appears in general disrepair, however see the prior comment...it's old.

Same comment as St. Augustine's Abbey...don't come to Canterbury to see St. Martin's Church, but if you're here, it's worth the 5-10 walk from the Abbey, and half an hour of your time. Do ask for directions at the Abbey, as it would have been hard to find if not.

2  Thank Cory J
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

It was a fascinating place with a link right back to the Christian Queen Bertha of Kent, who welcomed St Augustine to England in 597AD, It is only a very small church but it is very atmospheric. Well worth a visit while in Canterbury, it is only 5 minutes walk from St Augustine's Abbey.

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