Man and Van in Canterbury

Take a closer look at Canterbury

Canterbury is regarded as a highly desirable place to live. This cathedral city is located in the picturesque county of Kent and has many convenient transport links that help you get around the southeast and beyond with a minimum of fuss.

Is Canterbury cheaper to live in than London?

You can expect to pay less for a property in Canterbury than you would in London. Some of the most expensive homes are located close to the city centre, which is why you may need to look further away if you are on a tight budget and are considering relocating to Canterbury. Many people have been able to cut their living costs by purchasing groceries from Canterbury’s market, which is held twice a week. You can also visit many of the city’s picturesque green spaces including its parks for free.

What is education like in Canterbury?

Canterbury is known for its high educational standards. Many schools in Canterbury have been rated as “good” and even “good with many outstanding features” by OFSTED recently. Canterbury is also the home of three universities, which are the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University for the Creative Arts.

Historic attractions

There are many fantastic things to see and do in Canterbury, which is why it is so popular with tourists. One of the most famous attractions in Canterbury is the local Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular not only with tourists but locals too. This exceptional example of medieval Norman architecture is visited by millions of people each year.

You can find out more about the history of Canterbury and the wider local areas by heading to the Canterbury Heritage Museum. This museum is located on Stour Street and houses the Poor Priests’ Hospital. Other popular historic attractions in Canterbury include the Church of St. Martin, which is the oldest parish church in England. The Abbey of St Augustine is another favourite amongst history lovers.

Close proximity to sea and nature

Canterbury is just a 25-minute drive from the coast, which makes it ideal for anyone who wants easy access to the sea in the warmer months of the year. Herne Bay is located close by and is surrounded by picture-perfect countryside. Another fantastic local attraction is the Howletts Wild Animal Park. This park is set on 90 acres of parkland and is particularly popular with families. You’ll find variously endangered species including lions, gorillas, elephants and tigers at the park.

Shopping, culture and leisure

When it comes to retail, you can shop at the Whitefriars Shopping Centre as well as various interesting and distinctive independent shops. Canterbury is also home to various authentic Italian restaurants as well as highly rated eateries that make the most of the local produce available to them. Canterbury Festival is held each year and attracts thousands of arts lovers, whilst the Kingsmead Leisure Centre is one the most popular facilities of its type in the area.