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Living And Working In Canterbury

Canterbury is a cathedral city in southeast England situated in the county of Kent. Canterbury is often described as being in the ‘Garden of England’, much of the reason is due to it being surrounded by quaint villages and stunning countryside.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
August 21, 2023

Canterbury is a cathedral city in southeast England situated in the county of Kent. Canterbury is often described as being in the ‘Garden of England’, much of the reason is due to it being surrounded by quaint villages and stunning countryside.The city is around fifty five miles from London with the nearest airport being London Southend Airport and of course, being in close proximity to the capital, you can actually take advantage of all the London Airports. The efficient and direct rail network can have you in London within the hour.

This unique city has an intriguing past as it has been an important pilgrimage site within Europe for over eight hundred years and is classed as one of the most beautiful and scenic cities in England. UNESCO has given world heritage status to some of the city and it retains many historic buildings. The medieval walls still surround the city. In the medieval world, Canterbury was a very busy place indeed and the thoroughly enjoyable story of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ~ with its colourful and engaging characters ~ has stood the test of time and is known throughout the world. Several well known poets have lived here and Charles Dickens often visited, living in nearby Gad’s Hill for a while. He left an unfinished book in which the fictitious city was based upon Canterbury.

There are many enchanting places to visit here and the architecture is fascinating. St Martin’s Church, St Augustine’s Abbey and the dominating Cathedral undoubtedly all have intriguing tales to tell.

Hospitality and tourism are very important to the economy as many visitors come here from all over the world and are attracted by the beauty, history and culture. Additionally ~ education, retail, distribution, healthcare, technology, professional services and the public sector are all strong in Canterbury. Due to the rural and semi rural areas that are within reach, there is significant land which is used for agricultural purposes for which farming, food and drink play their part. The rate of unemployment is lower than the national average with a typical salary being considerably higher than the national average.

The University of Kent, founded in 1965 is now one of the UK’s leading universities and is especially known for its academic excellence, research capabilities and positive student experiences. There are two campuses here, in Medway and Canterbury.

There are numerous opportunities for discovering the city’s many trails where you can explore atmospheric Canterbury on foot ~ and several good cycle routes too. Shopping along the cobbled streets offers a superb mixture of independent shops and high street names but if all that retail therapy has left you feeling hungry, then look no further. Canterbury is a lively and exciting city with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from.The city is also known for its arts scene with galleries, theatres and music venues hosting events throughout the year.

Nearby Whitstable still has a working harbour and old fishermen's cottages which are neatly and colourfully arranged whilst there are also some lovely coastal gardens to explore in Herne Bay.

A truly beautiful and historic city, Canterbury has much to offer whether you are looking for a new place to live, work or study.

Looking for a Career in Canterbury? We are hosting a careers fair on Wednesday 23rd August. Find out more here!

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