Canterbury City Guide

Canterbury combines history with modernity, and excitement with safety. There are plenty of excellent opportunities for sports, culture and entertainment – and you’ll be close to some great seaside resorts throughout Kent, known as “the garden of England”. And with London only an hour away by train, there is always something to do.

  • Canterbury Canterbury
  • An historic and safe city An historic and safe city
  • A World Heritage Site with thousands of years of history A World Heritage Site with thousands of years of history
  • Study in peaceful surroundings Study in peaceful surroundings
  • Close to city centre shops Close to city centre shops
  • A city with historic heritage A city with historic heritage

Music, Dance & Theatre


The main venues for music, dance, theatre and comedy in Canterbury are:

These venues are host to internationally renowned music acts, dance groups and plays as well as student productions – and cover a huge range of genres throughout the year.


Shopping & Fashion


The city centre has a great mix of large designer chains, international high-street stores and smaller independent boutiques. Main shopping locations are:


Art & Museums


Canterbury is home to some of the world’s most prestigious art, amazing stories from history and budding creators of the future:


Culture


The city of Canterbury has a long and interesting history, being home to a world famous cathedral and a UNESCO Heritage Site:

  • St Martin’s Church is the oldest church still used as a place of worship in the English-speaking world
  • Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most impressive and well-known places of worship in the world
  • Canterbury Norman Castle is one of the most ancient in Britain and was built by William the Conqueror – and you can still climb up some parts of it
  • The River Stour flows through the heart of the city and is popular with both tourists and locals – companies like  Canterbury Historic River Tours or Canterbury Punting Co will allow you to hire a boat or go on a chauffeured tour
  • Westgate parks provide a beautiful, quiet rest from the busy city – and is the perfect place for a picnic.

Cinema


Canterbury has cinemas showing films from around the world seven days a week:

  • Odeon: large multiplex, mainly current Hollywood / British Blockbusters
  • Curzon: large multiplex, mainly current Hollywood / British Blockbusters
  • Gulbenkian: showing a large range of international films, smaller budget movies and current Hollywood / British Blockbusters

Food


Across Canterbury you will find restaurants offering a huge range of cuisine. Some particular favourites with our students include:


Festivals


Canterbury is host to a number of festivals during which the city buzzes with excitement and activity. The festivals are held throughout the year and offer the best variation of entertainment including:

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