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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

Medieval Story Garden - Summer

Medieval Story Garden - Summer

Sat 22 Jul - Fri 1 Sep 2017

bOing! International Family Festival

bOing! International Family Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug 2017

Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Camp 2017

Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Camp 2017

Tue 29 Aug - Fri 1 Sep 2017

Westgate Gardens

Bat and Moth Night

Thu 31 Aug 2017

September Spectacular

September Spectacular

Fri 1 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

Conquest House

Thu 7 - Sat 9 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

Eastbridge Hospital

Thu 7 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

St Martin's Church

Thu 7 - Fri 8 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

HM Prison

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

St Martin's Church

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

The Bastion Tower

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Days

Conquest House

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Nicholas McCarthy with Kent Sinfonia at Canterbury Festival

What's On

Discover events taking place in the city of Canterbury from live music, theatre and film to children's activities.

What's On

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Shopping

For those with a yearning for retail, Canterbury has it all. Offering high street names and big fashion brands, Canterbury is also home to independent retailers.

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