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History of Canterbury

History of Canterbury
  • council: Canterbury City Council
  • population: 146,314 (06-2012)
  • phone code: +00 44 (0)1227
  • postcode area: CT1, 2, 3, 4
  • county: Kent

The Canterbury skyline is dominated by its historic Cathedral, the oldest and most famous Christian structure in England; together with the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church now forms part of Canterbury’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Cathedral is over 1000 years old, and attracts many thousands of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world to its historic site in the heart of the city. Canterbury is surely one of the most historic and beautiful places in Kent to spend a day, a week or even longer. Canterbury’s reputation as a host just keeps getting better. With its range of top hotels with award winning restaurants to unique guest houses and intimate B&B’s, you will be sure of a welcome and excellent service where ever you choose to stay.
Canterbury’s history is well documented, from the murder of Thomas Beckett in the Cathedral itself in 1170, to the stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’; now brought to life in a unique visitor attraction with its recreation of medieval life when you can experience the sights and smells of the ancient Canterbury from Chaucer’s time.
Today, Canterbury’s medieval streets are lined with a unique offer of shopping and many choices of where to eat lunch or dinner or why not just stop for a cup of English tea in one of its unique café’s and watch the world go by.
The new Marlowe Theatre offers a great choice for entertainment as does many other great venues including the Gulbenkian Theatre and the Odeon Cinema. The city’s traditional pubs and clubs bringing a variety of entertainment to the visitor and residents alike… you will really be spoilt for choice!
Canterbury has a real buzz about it that is hard to put your finger on one item which makes it so. Could it be the vibrancy from student population from its many university and college campuses around the city, and from a wealth of international schools that have chosen this world heritage site for their place of learning? Perhaps the overseas visitor numbers who arrive by coach, train or car who see this beautiful city from new eyes; or perhaps it’s just the sheer beauty of an historic city that leaves anyone who visits wide eyed and amazed at its beauty and intrigue.

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