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History & Conservation | Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral’s history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established 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 famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
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Open Gardens 2015 From Saturday 30th May, 2015 - Sunday 31st May, 2015 11:00 Hrs - 17:00 Hrs CathedralOpen Gardens 2015 The annual popular Open Gardens weekend returns in 2015. The historic and beautiful private gardens of Canterbury Cathedral will be open to all on the weekend of the 30 and 31 May 2015. This popular annual event, which has been held for over 10 years and run in connection with the National Garden Scheme (NGS), unlocks several private and secret gardens within the… Read more…