Canterbury is an English city which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a district of Kent in South East England. It lies on the River Stour, Kent.
Originally a Britons (historical) settlement, it was renamed ''Durovernum Cantiacorum'' by the Roman conquerors in the 1st century AD. After it became the chief Jutes settlement, it gained its English name Canterbury, itself derived from the Old English Cantwareburh ("Kent people's stronghold"). After the Kingdom of Kent's conversion to Christianity in 597, St Augustine of Canterbury founded an episcopal see in the city and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a position that now heads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion (though the modern-day Province of Canterbury covers the entire south of England). Thomas Becket's murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. This pilgrimage provided the theme for Geoffery Chaucer's 14th-century literary classic ''The Canterbury Tales''. The literary heritage continued with the birth of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in the city in the 16th century.
Many historical structures remain in the city, including a Defensive wall founded in List of Ancient Rome-related topics and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and a Norman Canterbury Castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School, Canterbury. Modern additions include the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the Marlowe Theatre, and the St Lawrence Ground, home to Kent County Cricket Club. The city lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district.

Why visit?

  • Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and a must-see for any visitor. The cathedral is a World Heritage Site and is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the country.
  • Canterbury is a city steeped in history, with its ancient cobbled streets, grand cathedral and historic buildings. Take a stroll around the city centre and explore the many attractions, such as the Canterbury Tales, the Roman Museum and the Canterbury Heritage Museum.
  • Canterbury is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage. Take a walk around the city and explore the many galleries, theatres and museums, or take in a show at one of the many venues.