Your guide to moving to Canterbury
Why Canterbury is a good place to live
A treat to behold, Canterbury is a beautiful, buzzing market town steeped in culture and history.
A shopper and foodie paradise, it's a World Heritage Site filled with cobblestone streets, lovely old buildings and a massive cathedral at its centre.
Brimming with quirky local businesses and independent stores to add to the fun, the streets are a pleasure to ramble around and you'll stumble upon some fab places for brunch or dinner along the way.
This bustling medieval, cathedral city is where old world charm blends with vibrant student life.
And there are some great schools here: the first one everyone will think of is The King's School. Established in 597, it's one of the oldest schools in the world - and Canterbury also has some excellent grammar and state options.
What's Canterbury famous for?
Canterbury's fame is rooted in its historical and cultural heritage.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city is best known for it's cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that's been a Christian pilgrimage site for centuries.
Chaucer's raucus Canterbury Tales, studied by English undergraduates around the world, bring the city to life in its medieval heyday through a collection of witty stories told by pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Thomas Becket.
Thomas Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, elevating Canterbury's status as a pilgrimage destination.
Canterbury's rich history dates back to Roman times and its medieval architecture, city walls and streets with timbered houses make it a place that's brimming with charm.
Things to do in Canterbury
Pottering through the pretty cobbled streets, soaking up the vibes and exploring the boutiques and art galleries is an event in itself in Canterbury.
And there are loads of lush green parks to explore, like the Westgate Gardens, complete with their own Victoria Tower House and physic gardens, while a visit to Blean Woods Nature Reserve is well worth making, with its miles of cycling and walking trails.
Obviously, a visit to the cathedral is a must, as is St Augustine's Abbey, a former monastery.
For the wonkiest bookshop in town, head to Sir John Boys House. While the Old Weaver's House is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and a great place to enjoy dinner by the River Stour.
For foodies, the choice is endless, from Michelin starred restaurants to cheap and cheerful cafes.
Check out The Goods Shed, a farmer's market selling cheese, fish and meat with its own independent restaurant. It's a great place for brunch or cocktails and dinner. And The Refectory Kitchen is another hot spot for brunch, with pancakes that are legendary.
Canterbury also offers easy access to lovely coastal towns like Whitstable, famous for its oysters - and Deal, famous for its beautiful promenade and castle.