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Living in Canterbury, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Canterbury, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Canterbury what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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The historic city of Canterbury is a lovely city in the picturesque county of Kent, which is known as the Garden of England. In Canterbury you can immerse yourself in British history and tradition while also appreciating its vibrant and multicultural environment. Canterbury, in fact, has been a place of cultural exchange since it was founded and Christ Church Cathedral is still a popular pilgrimage destination.

When walking through the city, one must be aware of the large walls around the circumference of the centre. Whilst they are pretty, and an insight to the city’s history, their size hinders the 4G towers’ connectivity to a mobile phone. Make sure you have downloaded any maps or timetables before before exploring.

The city is vibrant and busy. Multitudes of people of all cultures join in the centre creating a varied area. However, it is important to note that traffic is bad. Congestion is a regular feature- especially in rush-hour! Cycling would reduce this issue if you were to need to get from place to place.

The streets of Canterbury are cobbled and quite bumpy, so they can be slightly difficult to walk on. It is thus important to wear sensible footwear, such as trainers, when wandering about the city. The weather is also highly interchangeable; visitors ought to be prepared for sun or rain, no matter what time of the year.

The housing in Canterbury dates back to before Tudor times, as reflects its long history as the head of the Church of England and a previous capital city of England. It has two universities, a cathedral, a good selection of school and a fast speed train link to London; making it a good choice for young adults, and families. Living in Canterbury you could be on the beach in 10 minutes and cross the channel in two hours, door to door. If you don’t move him, you should at least visit!

Canterbury has an abundance of historical and religious importance; from being the home of the Church of England and the Archbishop, to the signing of the Magna Carta which was essentially one of the first instances of the ‘rule of law’. The city’s history can be traced back to the Roman settling of England during the leadership of Julius Caesar, with architecture and foliage from the era still surviving to this day. Canterbury lies in the heart of the county of Kent which has the nickname of “The Garden of England”, and the city itself has been awarded “Britain in Bloom” highest prize on more than one occasion. Despite the historical and religious significance of the city, it also boasts a vibrancy of multiculturalism and modernity; having the largest student population in the country, as well as a hub for tourism.

So for anyone who wants to climb the medieval towers, take a punting tour along a river running through the heart of the city, walk through the incredible gardens, or just witness the incredible blend of history and contemporary, Canterbury is the place to visit.

Robert, says: 2020

The quaint, historical city of Canterbury is defined by two landmarks: the Canterbury Cathedral which is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’; an epic poem written during the 1300s, which is as thought-provoking a study on the many facets of the human condition as it is lewd and bawdy.

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