Canterbury city life
Canterbury is a city that breathes history. The city has stunning architecture and world famous buildings, as well as beautiful coastlines and countryside areas to explore. Canterbury’s first city walls were built by the Romans, probably between 270 and 280 AD.
Your city tour should cover some important landmarks, like: Canterbury Castle, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and the oldest extant school in the world, The King's School. Modern additions include the Canterbury Heritage Museum, the Marlowe Theatre, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, and the St Lawrence Ground (home of the Kent County Cricket Club). You can take the city tour by walking, cycling or punting.
Canterbury is a pedestrian- and bike-friendly place. The city’s narrow streets are full of cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants with a good selection for dining out. Canterbury has a fair range of high street shops, particularly along the King's Mile, St Dunstan's, West Gate and Northgate areas. The Dane John Gardens is a green treasure throve for relaxation and picnics, and the main venue for concerts during summer and early autumn.
Some of the clubs and bars preferred by students include Club Chemistry, the Cherry Tree, the Old Buttermarket or the Penny Theatre. There are many student societies and clubs to get involved in, as well as endless house parties.
International atmosphere in Canterbury
People from all over the world come to study and learn English in Canterbury, or visit the city’s rich heritage. Canterbury is a popular tourist destination and consistently ranked as one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. Language statistics also indicate that the city has a culturally diverse population, with the largest communities being: Arabs, Greeks, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Italians, Koreans and Indonesians.
The climate in Canterbury is mild, with many days suitable for outdoors activities. The warm season lasts from June to September, with an average temperature above 19°C. Weather can be unstable particularly in the winter and springs months. The coldest month is February, with an average low of 2°C.