New homes in Canterbury
New homes in Canterbury
Welcome to Canterbury
The medieval yet cosmopolitan town of Canterbury is not only a popular tourist destination, but it’s a great place for house buyers looking for a vibrant home with both historic charm and modern amenities. From museums and parks to theatres and golf clubs, there’s lots to do just a stone’s throw from your new home in Canterbury.
A quick history
Canterbury began as an Iron Age settlement and by the 1st century the Romans had taken over the town and rebuilt it with new streets and public buildings including The Forum, a marketplace in the centre of the town. By the 3rd century, walls were built to protect the town but by the time the Romans left in the early 5th century, it’s likely that Canterbury was abandoned.
Almost two centuries later, an abbey was built outside of the town walls. Canterbury became home to the first archbishop which reinvigorated the town. Industries including leather-working and wool-making began to flourish, and Canterbury grew into a large town. It was raided when the Danes invaded Britain.
In the Middle Ages, the Normans built a castle in the town. Three hospitals were also built as the centuries went on, especially to care for pilgrims who visited the shrine of Archbishop Thomas Becket who was murdered in 1170. The playwright Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury in the 16th century.
During the Second World War, Canterbury was bombed by the Germans and parts of the town were destroyed. Through the twentieth century, a number of historic attractions were opened and new shopping districts built.
Business and industry
Canterbury is a popular tourist town so there is a thriving leisure and retail industry in the town. Some of the biggest employers are the town’s universities - the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University - along with the NHS and private companies such as Motorline Holdings and Bapchild Motoring World.
Things to do in the area
Canterbury is full of fascinating historical sites, so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to discovering local history. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most iconic landmarks in the town, while other must-visit attractions include St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury Heritage Museum, Canterbury Roman Museum and the Kent Museum of Freemasonry.
If you’re moving to the town with children, they’ll love days out at Howletts Wild Animal Park and walks through Dane John Gardens. For a breath of fresh air, you can enjoy a round of golf at Canterbury Golf Club’s 18 hole course and driving range, or hike through Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Travel and commuting
Canterbury is located on the A28 and close to the M2, so the town has good transport links by road as well as its own train station. Travelling to nearby towns and cities, the drive from Canterbury to Maidstone takes 40 minutes via the M2 or one hour on the train. The journey to Dover takes 30 minutes by car via the A2 or less than 20 minutes on the train from Canterbury East Station.
If you’re visiting London, the train journey takes just under one hour from Canterbury West Station to St Pancras. When it’s time to go on holiday, London City Airport is the closest airport to the town.