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St. Martin's Church

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Address: St. Martins Court North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QS, England
Phone Number: +44 1227 768072
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
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Old Roman Church

Fascinating history of this building. Off the beaten track but worth a visit. Friendly and knowledgeable guides.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
RCRice
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Olney, United Kingdom
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Olney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating history of this building. Off the beaten track but worth a visit. Friendly and knowledgeable guides.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very atmospheric unique building, oldest church in Britain with Roman and Saxon architecture. Lovely guide with a friendly dog told us the story of King Aethelberht, Queen Bertha and Liudhard.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this churchyard on the off chance in a visit to Canterbury. A peaceful, old churchyard with many tales. We were met by a local who told us some information and kindly gave us information on access, very kind. It was afterwards that we discovered this humble little place is the oldest church still in use in England. It... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is up the hill above the ruined abbey, the other side of the old prison (now university buildings). It was built by queen Bertha (herself the daughter of a Marovinian Frankish king, so not a Roman Christian) to welcome St Augustine when he arrived in Kent from Rome. The church has Saxon, Norman and later building, but was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just minutes from central Canterbury is this beautiful church- the oldest in the English speaking world. You can still see parts of a Roman wall, artwork, "squint" box, and more. This church, which still offers services and spiritual support, offers a lovely brochure to help you learn more about what makes this church unique and usually a volunteer guide is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This small church is surrounded by lovely grounds, and although small, it essentially represents the beginning of Christianity in England. The church itself is the product of many centuries' work, but there are significant parts dating back to Saxon-and possibly Roman-times. Suffice to say that it is the oldest continuously used church in the English-speaking world. During your visit, take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

A bitsa church with bits going all the way back to Roman times and a fantastic story involving a Christian Queen her Saxon King Husband and Saint Augustine.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This Parish church is the oldest in England, and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. St Augustine had this Church as his first base when he came to Canterbury in 597. This church is regularly being used for worship. We were informed that shortly before 1844, a hoard of gold coins was found in the churchyard. When we... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I came here with my family and we wondered about for an hour also looking at the church and exploring the grounds. It was quite easy to get to and I really did enjoy myself, I would come here again and highly recommend it to anyone.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Anyone interested in the re-introduction of Christianity to southern England should visit this church. The chancel dates back to Roman. It is close to St Augustine's Abbey which can be visited at the same time.

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