New homes in Canterbury
Welcome to Canterbury
From historic sites to country walks, shopping centres and city gardens, Canterbury is a charming place to live with lots to keep the whole family entertained. Located in Kent within commuting distance of London and the south coast, a new home in Canterbury could be the right choice for your next move.
A quick history
Canterbury has a rich and interesting history, and is now home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the large number of historic buildings in the city. The city walls date back to Roman times, while there’s also the 6th century St Augustine’s Abbey, a Norman castle, and Canterbury Cathedral. The city was also made famous by The Canterbury Tales, written by Chaucer in the 14th century.
Business and industry
Industry in Canterbury centres mainly around tourism, with huge numbers of visitors coming to see Canterbury Cathedral and other sights in the city. Employers in Canterbury include the University of Kent, Canterbury City Council, Motorline Holdings and Bapchild Motoring World, while P&O Ferries are based nearby in Dover and Holiday Extras in Hythe.
Things to do in the area
If you’re a history fan, there are lots of sights and attractions in Canterbury including the cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, St Martin’s Church and Greyfriars Chapel. There are also tours of the city, following the stories of The Canterbury Tales, while the Canterbury Heritage Museum and the Roman Museum are also popular.
Located on the river, you can see the city by water with a boat or punting trip. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can take a walk through Dane John Gardens and Westgate Gardens, or take a trip to Druidstone Park. The King’s Mile and Whitefriars are the city’s two main shopping destinations.
For families moving to the area, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained close to your new home in Canterbury including Wildwood, Howletts Wild Animal Park and the East Kent Railway.
Travel and commuting
If you’re commuting to London for work, the journey from Canterbury takes just 55 minutes by train. Dover is a 35 minute drive or 20 minute train journey from the city, while the seaside town of Margate can be reached in 30 minutes by train or 40 minutes by car.
If you’re going on holiday, London Gatwick Airport is just over one hour’s drive away from Canterbury, where there are flights to destinations right across the globe.