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The local area guide to living in Canterbury

The district of Canterbury lies along the River Stour in the south east of England, county Kent. At its heart is the historical cathedral City of Canterbury, a popular tourist destination for both UK nationals and overseas visitors. In fact, the City of Canterbury is consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom.

The beautiful city is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to many historic buildings and structures. The area has been settled since the Paleolithic era and was a significant settlement of the Romans from the first century to the fifth century. The first records of Canterbury show that the region was the main settlement of the Celtic tribe of the Cantiaci, which inhabited a large part of what we now know as modern day Kent. Following the martyrdom of Thomas Becket in the city’s Cathedral in 1170, the city became a pilgrimage site for millions of Christians, which inspired the 14th century The Canterbury Tales, by literary great Geoffrey Chaucer. The Archbishop of Canterbury is also the primate of the Church of England.

Information about the local residents

As of the 2011 census, the district of Canterbury had a population of 151,200. About one third of the population lives within the City of Canterbury.

Around 20% of the adult population (aged 16-74 years) in the city are students, which comes as little surprise given the city is home to three universities. Canterbury’s unemployment rate is only 2.1%, which is very good when compared to the national average of 7.7%.

The district is not particularly diverse demographically. Over 92% of residents classify themselves as a white ethnicity. Most of the ethnic minorities live within the city itself.

Nearby schools

Canterbury is within the local education authority of Kent. In 2012, 61.2% of students across the entire local education authority achieved 5 A*-C grade GCSEs, a bit higher than the national average of 59.4%.

Kent has over a dozen schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, though none of these are located within the district of Canterbury. Canterbury does, however, have more than 10 schools within the district, including several independent schools such as Kent College and King’s School.

For higher education opportunities, Canterbury’s three universities are Canterbury Christ Church University, the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent and the Girne American University.

Getting around

Canterbury lies just off the A2, a road running from London to Dover, and is situated 45 miles from the M25. Transport within Canterbury has improved with the introduction of three Park and Ride sites just outside of the city to ease congestion. The city is well served by a reliable bus network, which is how many residents get around.

The area is served by a good rail network, including two rail stations: Canterbury East and Canterbury West. Both stations offer direct trains to London, and the Canterbury West operates a high speed service that arrives at London St. Pancras in under an hour.

Kent International Airport at Manston is just 13 miles from Canterbury, Gatwick is 66 miles away and Heathrow is 91 miles away.

Local shops

Whitefriars is the largest shopping centre in Canterbury, located on Gravel Walk in a very central area. The centre offers 70 shops, including such high street names as Boots, BHS, Clinton Cards, Ernest Jones, HSBC, H&M and Monsoon.

The City of Canterbury’s High Street also offers a large selection of stores, and there are a few smaller shopping areas including Marlowe Arcade and the King’s Mile.

Canterbury has a small Odeon cinema and several bars and eateries. Many of the bars cater to the student population, but cultural theatrical entertainment can be found at the city’s two theatres, the Marlowe and the Gulbenkian.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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