The historic City of Canterbury sits in the heart of east of Kent and this year celebrates 30 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since 1012 it’s been a well-trodden destination for pilgrims, but now is consistently one of the most-visited cities in the UK with tourists travelling to view the shrine for Thomas Becket (set in the Cathedral) which serves as the frame for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th Century classic – The Canterbury Tales. Because of its medieval status there are numerous historical buildings to be found in and around Canterbury; the Roman wall, St Augustine’s Abbey and a Norman castle to name a few. There are some exceptional schools too, both public and private. It’s worth mentioning that the oldest extant school in the world, the King’s School, can be found nestled within the City walls – try spotting the students with their distinctive winged collar!
If you’re a fan of the arts, then look no further with the modern Marlowe Theatre featuring shows from the London stage, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge and the University of Kent with its modern music hall sits within the arts complex adjacent to the theatre and the cinema. This campus is all inclusive and locals enjoy exceptional facilities and fabulous performances – this is not just for students!
You can also take your pick from sporting activities with the home of Kent County Cricket based at the St Lawrence Ground. It has hosted several one day internationals and one England match. There are also superb rugby, hockey and football clubs to be found as well as various sports complexes.
High Speed Rail links to London in just over 50 minutes mean that commuting is easy. And if you need to escape the hustle of the City, then the coast is only a short rail, bus or drive away. So don’t tell everyone, infact don’t tell anyone, we really need to keep Canterbury a secret as we think property prices are reasonable for what is on offer.
• Canterbury Cathedral plus 2 further World Heritage Sites
• Arts & Culture – including the Canterbury Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East.
• The Goods Shed – destination food shopping at Canterbury West
• The Corner House & The Ambrette – superb eateries
• Dane John Gardens – manicured gardens set behind the City wall
• The River Stour – with its magical boat trips through Westgate Gardens
• Easy links to Eurostar and Eurotunnel offering services to the continent
• High Speed Rail links to London (St Pancras 53 mins)
• The coast, countryside and rural peace only a short distance away
Live in Canterbury
4 bedroom house for sale in Cromwell Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1
3 bedroom house for sale in Puckle Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1