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Canterbury

'Canterbury's past is as rich as it comes' says the latest Lonely Planet guide to Britain. This world-famous cathedral city was one of medieval Europe's great places of pilgrimages and knowledge. Today - with its international visitors and four universities - it still has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Less than an hour from London, it's in that corner of England that's almost touching France.

People come from across the globe for world-class heritage, for culture and festivals, to visit and to study, eat and hang out. The extraordinary cathedral dominates the medieval streets within the city walls. Among the listed buildings, a boldly modern theatre - named after the city's famous son Christopher Marlowe - has been built on the river bank, and an art museum has been restored and doubled in size. To the south is St Augustine's Abbey, part of the World Heritage Site, and England's first seat of learning.

There's something warm and mellow about this intimate European city. Crowds throng around the entrance to the cathedral and in the busy high street. It's lively and fun. But it's also remarkably easy - in a moment - to step off the beaten track into some quiet oasis where you'll hear nothing but songbird, and the splash of oars on the narrow, gently flowing River Stour.

What's On In Canterbury

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Sun 1 Oct 2017 - Thu 1 Mar 2018

The Band

The Band

Tue 20 Feb - Sat 3 Mar 2018

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia

Swan Lake

Mon 5 - Wed 7 Mar 2018

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia

Cinderella

Thu 8 Mar 2018

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia

Romeo and Juliet

Fri 9 Mar 2018

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia

The Nutcracker

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Mothering Sunday Lunch

Sun 11 Mar 2018

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Mon 19 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Tue 27 - Sat 31 Mar 2018

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Easter Sunday Lunch

Sun 1 Apr 2018

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sun 8 Apr 2018

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Mon 16 - Sat 21 Apr 2018

Maggini Quartet

Maggini Quartet

Thu 19 Apr 2018

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Fri 4 May 2018

Hairspray

Hairspray

Tue 8 - Sat 12 May 2018

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Tue 22 - Sat 26 May 2018

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Fri 15 Jun 2018

Nicholas McCarthy with Kent Sinfonia at Canterbury Festival

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