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Discover: Canterbury

  WHY MOVE TO CANTERBURY' A medieval cathedral city in the heart of ’The Garden of England’, Canterbury has plenty to offer. There are good pubs, great walking, four universities and a whole host of charming little fishing towns right on your doorstep. What’s more, the crime rate is incredibly low, approximately half the national average, and the High Speed Rail Link means you can be St Pancras in under an hour, and Paris in just under two. A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY Canterbury is an ancient city, but the first real point of note in its history was the 597AD arrival of St Augustine, which also marked the arrival of Christianity in the UK. Surrounded by Roman walls, the city was largely rebuilt in medieval times, with the West Gate being built circa 1380, making it the oldest gate still standing in the UK. The city has a colourful past and has played an important role in British history. In 1170, Thomas Becket, then Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered here by the king’s knights. It’s said that the huge Yew tree you can still see in the cathedral’s precincts is where the the knights tethered their horses NEED TO KNOW At over 1,400 years old, The King’s School in Canterbury is the oldest school in the world, and is still regarded as one of the best in the country. THINGS TO DO As a medieval city, Canterbury is a lovely place to wander the streets. There are plenty of museums delving into its past, and of course there’s Canterbury Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England. You should also check out the medieval witch ducking stool, which hovers over the River Stour. Beyond the city there are many absolutely charming fishing villages and towns, which are an absolute must to check out. Increasingly popular and packed with great places to eat and charming shops, they include Whitstable, Deal, Broadstairs, Sandgate and Walmer. They also have lots of water-based sports on offer, including sailing, kite surfing, wind surfing and sea kayaking. When you return in-land, there are beautiful walks to be had in the Kent countryside, with highlights including the North Downs Way, the Stour Valley Walk and the Devil’s Kneeding Trough, a beauty spot near Wye. If you don’t fancy walking, why not take to horseback' The area has many equestrian centres and numerous cross-country courses. EATING AND DRINKING Canterbury has plenty to offer by way of good food. The restaurants are often intimate yet unstuffy, serving excellent food, often using local produce. Our favourites include Café Mauresque, Deesons, The Goods Shed and Café des Amis. However, if you really want to treat yourself, there are a huge number of Michelin Star restaurants in the surrounding towns and villages. They include The Marquis at Alkham, The Sportsman in Seasalter, Reeds in Faversham and Rocksalt in Folkestone. Kent is an area known for its hops, so most of the villages near Canterbury also have a pub, serving local ales and great food. There’s also been a recent spate in microbreweries popping up, so there are plenty of interesting new beers to try too. Our favourite public houses are The Hop Pocket in Bossingham, The Duke William in Ickham, The Tiger Inn at Stowting, Timberbats in Bodsham, The Red Lion in Stodmarsh and The Old Coach & Horses in Harbledown. For more information about Canterbury including local events and homes currently for sale visit http://www.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/canterbury

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WHY MOVE TO CANTERBURY' A medieval cathedral city in the heart of ’The Garden of England’, Canterbury has plenty to offer. There are good pubs, great walking, four universities and a whole host of charming little fishing towns right on your doorstep. What’s more, the crime rate is incredibly low, approximately half the national average, and the High Speed Rail Link means you can be St Pancras in under an hour, and Paris in just under two. A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY Canterbury is an ancient city, but the first real point of note in its history was the 597AD arrival of St Augustine, which also marked the arrival of Christianity in the UK. Surrounded by Roman walls, the city was largely rebuilt in medieval times, with the West Gate being built circa 1380, making it the oldest gate still standing in the UK. The city has a colourful past and has played an important role in British history. In 1170, Thomas Becket, then Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered here by the king’s knights. It’s said that the huge Yew tree you can still see in the cathedral’s precincts is where the the knights tethered their horses NEED TO KNOW At over 1,400 years old, The King’s School in Canterbury is the oldest school in the world, and is still regarded as one of the best in the country. THINGS TO DO As a medieval city, Canterbury is a lovely place to wander the streets. There are plenty of museums delving into its past, and of course there’s Canterbury Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England. You should also check out the medieval witch ducking stool, which hovers over the River Stour. Beyond the city there are many absolutely charming fishing villages and towns, which are an absolute must to check out. Increasingly popular and packed with great places to eat and charming shops, they include Whitstable, Deal, Broadstairs, Sandgate and Walmer. They also have lots of water-based sports on offer, including sailing, kite surfing, wind surfing and sea kayaking. When you return in-land, there are beautiful walks to be had in the Kent countryside, with highlights including the North Downs Way, the Stour Valley Walk and the Devil’s Kneeding Trough, a beauty spot near Wye. If you don’t fancy walking, why not take to horseback' The area has many equestrian centres and numerous cross-country courses. EATING AND DRINKING Canterbury has plenty to offer by way of good food. The restaurants are often intimate yet unstuffy, serving excellent food, often using local produce. Our favourites include Café Mauresque, Deesons, The Goods Shed and Café des Amis. However, if you really want to treat yourself, there are a huge number of Michelin Star restaurants in the surrounding towns and villages. They include The Marquis at Alkham, The Sportsman in Seasalter, Reeds in Faversham and Rocksalt in Folkestone. Kent is an area known for its hops, so most of the villages near Canterbury also have a pub, serving local ales and great food. There’s also been a recent spate in microbreweries popping up, so there are plenty of interesting new beers to try too. Our favourite public houses are The Hop Pocket in Bossingham, The Duke William in Ickham, The Tiger Inn at Stowting, Timberbats in Bodsham, The Red Lion in Stodmarsh and The Old Coach & Horses in Harbledown. For more information about Canterbury including local events and homes currently for sale visit http://www.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/canterbury

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