The medieval centre is home to a long pedestrianised high street with famous name stores, whilst side streets tend more towards the quirky and eclectic. Followers of sport are well served, with the city being home to Kent County Cricket Club. Theatre lovers make good use of the recently refurbished Marlowe Theatre – named after the dramatist Christopher Marlowe, who was born and educated here. Today, Canterbury benefits culturally from being home to three universities – the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury. There is a particular energy that comes with a large student population, and the city has a strong local music scene.
Beyond the city walls can be found charming villages and glorious Kent countryside, and within easy reach are the picturesque coastal town of Whitstable with its working harbour and fishermen’s cottages and neighbouring Herne Bay with its traditional seaside promenade. Canterbury is well connected by road and public transport, with London a little over an hour away by rail.