Welcome to St Martin's Church
St Martin’s: a community of prayer and welcome in the name of Jesus Christ since before 597AD. The oldest church in continuous use in the English-speaking world. Part Roman, part Saxon.
St. Martin's Church is the oldest Church in in the English speaking world still used for worship. It was here that St. Augustine set up his mission when he arrived from Rome in 597 AD to convert the English. For this reason it is sometimes called the first church of the Anglican Communion, and forms part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site - the other two parts are Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey.
There is a said Parish Eucharist every Sunday at 9.00am (Prayer Book sung service on the first Sunday).
The Church is open for visitors on English Heritage days in September, further dates will follow. (no charge for access)
Visits on other days may be arranged after prior notice by sending an email to Ruth Matthews on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The churchyard is always open.
North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1PWHow to Find Us
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The Friends of St Martin’s was founded in 1966 to express the unity of all Christians and to enable visitors to keep in touch with St Martin’s... | MORE
Architectural HistoryThe pilgrim to St Martin's comes to see not only the church where St Augustine and his followers first worshipped, but what may even be part of the church where queen Bertha, Christian consort of the pagan King Ethelbert, came to pray before the missionaries from Rome arrived... | MORE