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Canterbury: local information

The ancient city of Canterbury is one of the most historic centres in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The cathedral is famous throughout the world as in 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered there. Since that time the cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The cathedral is the centre of the Anglican church.

Canterbury also has museums, churches, parks, a river and many visitor attractions.

An academic tradition

The tradition of education in Canterbury began over 1400 years ago, when St Augustine arrived in England. Today, the city is a centre of learning. We have The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University College for the Creative Arts Canterbury in our city. King’s School, which is near St Peter’s, is often described as the oldest school in England. There is a big foreign language community so Canterbury is a lively and cosmopolitan city.

Culture

Canterbury has cultural events through the year. The Marlowe Theatre, a 1200-seat theatre, has big touring productions including musicals, drama, dance, opera, ballet, pantomime, children’s shows, comedy and music concerts of all kinds.

The Gulbenkian theatre is a centre of culture with the best of independent film, comedy, theatre, music, children’s shows and dance. For film lovers there is also a large Odeon cinema in the town centre which has regular premiers and discounts for students.

There are also many music festivals including the award-winning The Lounge on the Farm in July. Look for concerts at the cathedral through the year and the annual Canterbury Arts Festival in the autumn.

Good food

If you enjoy good food and drink there are many restaurants and cafes in the city, as well as traditional pubs often serving home cooked dishes. High street market stalls have some of the finest food, drink and crafts available in the South East and you can enjoy food demonstrations and tasting sessions. There are specialist food and drink festivals during the summer and at Christmas, when stall holders from across Europe come to share their produce.

Kent’s regional shopping centre

Canterbury has become one of the most important shopping towns in Kent, with many famous British stores having branches there. There are small independent shops and an outdoor market. All these are only a few minutes’ walk from the school.

Activities

For people interested in sport, the swimming pool and sports centre is just a short distance from the school. It is also possible to play golf, enjoy adventure sports such as kayaking, horse riding, climbing and forest biking in the nearby countryside or walk along some of the local footpaths and coastal trails.

Kent also has over 500 kilometres of cycle network including the pretty Crab and Winkle Way which links the cathedral city of Canterbury with the harbour in Whitstable. Bikes are available for hire from several companies in the city.

“There is no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury”.

Virginia Woolf

The big foreign language community  makes Canterbury a lively and cosmopolitan city.

View of Canterbury Cathedral
Street view of Canterbury Cathedral
Buttermarket Canterbury
The square is more than 800 years old and the name Buttermarket was first used around 200 years ago to replace the original name 'Bullstake'.
River Stour Canterbury
River Stour