Named one of the 50 best urban places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times, Canterbury is entering the limelight as a desirable destination to relocate. But what exactly makes this city so special? Here are just a few reasons you might want to live in Canterbury:
Traditional and Contemporary in Harmony
Canterbury’s unique charm is deeply entrenched in its cultural roots—yet you’ll still have the benefit of being able to shop at all of the most popular chain stores… which are located right outside of town, so they don’t mar the aesthetic beauty of this traditional city. And this happy balance between the old and new applies just as well to the population. Four universities ensure that youth culture in Canterbury remains vibrant, while traditional charm attracts professionals, families, and elders.
One of the Best Cities in England for Seaside Accessibility
Just a few minutes from the city, you’ll find West Bay beach, adored for its easy access to cafes and shops, and plenty of sport—tennis, sailing, and windsurfing! If you prefer a sandier beach, Sunny Sands is just as convenient, as is Margate Main Sands, which features a delightful tidal pool and children’s rides, making it a favourite for families.
Stay Active Outdoors
Despite being a favourite urban centre, Canterbury also caters to the outdoor athlete, with a great variety of jogging and cycling routes throughout and on the outskirts of the city. Speaking of the outdoors, Canterbury might be technically urban, but it’s a small city without much sprawl—making it simple to escape the city for an afternoon in the countryside, even if you fancy a picnic rather than a 5K. North Downs is particular popular with the locals.
From traditional British cooking at Deesons to contemporary interpretations of the classics at Michael Caines, Canterbury has no shortage of Michelin guide featured eateries. And if you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, don’t forget to try some of the city’s famous fish and chips shops—City Fish Bar, The Shakey Shakey, and Ossies Fish and Chips are just a few local favourites.
Canterbury High School, Barton Court Grammar, St. Anselm’s Catholic, St. Peter’s Methodist—there are too many fantastic primary and secondary schools to begin to count. Families with school-aged children are positively spoilt.
Of course, the only way to be certain that Canterbury is right for you is to see it in person—and with convenient transport to and from London, why not?