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.
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.
The A2/M2 corridor passes Canterbury, linking it with London and Dover. The M20 links through to the M25 and Folkestone.
Canterbury West mainline services: take you into London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Charing Cross via Ashford, Maidstone, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Canterbury East mainline services: take you into London Victoria via Faversham and the Medway towns in around one hour 25 minutes. The High Speed Rail Link takes you from Canterbury East into London St Pancras via Ashford, Ebbsfleet and Stratford in under an hour.