Welcome to St Martin's Church

imgSt 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 at the following times:

Tuesdays, Thursdays  and Fridays 11am to 3pm.

Saturdays 11am-4pm

Sunday mornings 9.45am to 10.30am (following the 9am service)


Visits on other days may be arranged after prior notice by sending an email to visits@martinpaul.org.  

Please see our FAQs page for more information about visiting St Martin's Church.

The churchyard is always open.


AddressNorth Holmes Road, Canterbury,  CT1 1PW 



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St Martin's Story

The oldest church in continuous use in the English-speaking world, the oldest part was built during the Roman occupation of Britain... |

St Martin's Today

The message of Jesus Christ, which Augustine brought here in the 6th century, has brought hope to countless people who have prayed here over the centuries and still changes lives today... | MORE

Friends of St Martin's

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 History

img The 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


Cradle of Christianity

The story begins in the 580s when Ethelbert, heir to the throne of Kent, married a Frankish princess, Bertha... | MORE