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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

The Alternative Comedy Show

The Alternative Comedy Show

Tue 26 Sep 2017

The National Theatre's War Horse

War Horse

Fri 15 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2017

IELTS Preparation Courses

IELTS Preparation Courses

Wed 27 Sep - Wed 13 Dec 2017

Canterbury Anifest

Canterbury Anifest

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Sep 2017

Abandoman: Life And Rhymes

Abandoman: Life And Rhymes

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Sun 1 Oct 2017 - Thu 1 Mar 2018

Canterbury Festival Umbrella Events

Spook Academy

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct 2017

All Inked Up

All Inked Up

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

Sat 14 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017

Canterbury Throwdown © Tim Stubbings

Canterbury Throwdown

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Festival Walks

Canterbury's Gruesome Tales

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Celestial Hierarchies by Ann Welsh

Celestial Hierarchies

Sat 14 Oct - Tue 7 Nov 2017

East Kent Artists' Open House

East Kent Artists' Open House

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Oct 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.

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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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