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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Small church with a HUGE history! St. Martin's is a lovely building with an overwhelming history. Knowing that the entire building is over 1000 years older than my country is just mind blowing! We were shown around by a lovely woman named Ruth who knew pretty much everything! She was wonderful to talk to and made our visit even better. We made sure to donate some money to help keep the church beautiful! They won't ask or point out the donation box, but it's in the front near the doors.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Amy R
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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
Thank Salvington
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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 in size since its beginning in the 6th century AD, but the original part remains. This is a must visit during your time in Canterbury. It is a lovely 15 minute walk from the Cathedral, through the town, to St. Martin’s and very much worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike3521
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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 is widely considered to be the oldest still-in-use church in the English-speaking world.
You can catch your breath from the uphill climb in the peaceful churchyard, the city view from the top terrace is stunning.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bubbles73uk
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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 the lovely old lady who gave us a map of the church with the information about it.
This is a very historic place, the church being the oldest in the English speaking world, however it is also a peaceful place away from the town buzz. We started our Canterbury trip with a visit to St Martin's Church before seeing everything else in the town, and strongly suggest the same!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KirillLukjanov
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