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Canterbury is one of the UK’s smallest cities, though it has many properties on offer and lots to do. From large family homes on the outskirts to converted apartments and quaint cottages tucked away in mews, Canterbury is a welcoming place to call home.
Still encircled by its Roman city wall, Canterbury is a modern city with a historical backdrop. You can enjoy retail therapy at high street stores, punt on the River Stour, picnic in one of the many manicured gardens, or enjoy a historical journey through cobbled streets.
You'll find a range of properties within the city walls, some dating back to the 11th Century.
Period properties, mews houses, two-up, two-down cottages, and modern flats line the back streets of Canterbury, while in the suburbs, you'll find Victorian and Georgian properties and newer homes dating from the 1960s to the present day.
With over ten schools for 11-18-year-olds consisting of independent schools, grammar schools, academies and high schools, there are plenty of education options.
Primary schools offer students the chance to do the Kent Test, also known as the 11+, to assess whether a grammar school is suitable. There are two highly regarded grammar schools and several high schools and academies, all a short walk from the city centre.
King's School Canterbury is a private school for 13-18-year-olds and offers day and boarding.
Canterbury is almost two cities in one. At one end, you have the modern Whitefriars area, which features high-street stores and elegant shopping experiences. Then, on the cobbled streets in the shadow of the cathedral and towards the West Gate Towers, you have boutique stores and independent eateries in old buildings.
History lovers can revel in Cantbury's rich Roman, Norman, and wartime history. Take a trip to England's largest surviving mediaeval gateway – the West Gate Towers, visit the ancient cathedral built in 597 AD, enjoy a picnic at St Augustine's Abbey, seek out the oldest buildings, or explore the rich history on a guided river tour.
But it's not just about history in Canterbury. Being a University city, there’s always something to do. Catch a theatre production at the Marlowe Theatre, enjoy live music or a cricket match at the St Lawrence Ground, or stroll around the Dane John Gardens or Westgate Gardens. The city also hosts regular pop-ups in the Whitefriars area, food festivals, and an annual pride festival. It's a vibrant place full of entertainment opportunities.
Kingsmead Leisure Centre offers three swimming pools, fitness classes, squash, tennis, and gym facilities. Keep the whole family happy in Canterbury with bowling, cinema, and Howletts Wild Animal Park, all within the local area.
Thanks to the large bus station and two train stations, it's easy to get around Canterbury and further afield. Trains from Canterbury West take you London bound in 53 minutes or towards the Ramsgate coast, while Canterbury East runs from Dover to London Victoria. The regular bus and park-and-ride services make getting in and out of the city and even to the coast easy.
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