Why should I move to Canterbury? A buyer's guide

Posted 3 August 2015 by Stephen Maunder

Martin Jordan, director of Humberts estate agents in Canterbury, gives us the lowdown on one of the country’s most famous and best loved cities.

About Canterbury

Canterbury is a thriving city with a population of 55,000 and is probably best known for its world famous Cathedral, which dates back to 597AD, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  As such, it is a tourist mecca, both for young and old.


Canterbury offers a fantastic selection of highly reputed schools, both private and state.  Kings Canterbury, set within the city walls, is a well established private school which regularly features in the Tatler Good Schools Guide.  Kent College and St Edmund’s are two other favoured private schools situated beyond the city walls.  For the state sector, the Simon Langton Girls and Boys schools are popular grammar options.

Transport links

Canterbury is served by two mainline railways, Canterbury West, which provides the ‘Javelin’ service arriving at London St Pancras in just 53 minutes.  Canterbury East, meanwhile, takes passengers into London Victoria in just over an hour and a half.  Another big selling point for Canterbury is its proximity to the coast - it’s within half an hour of the channel tunnel terminal, which takes you to France in just 35 minutes.  

Arts and leisure

The vibrant city centre, enclosed by an original City Wall, has been transformed in the past decade, with a splendid new shopping centre, together with a range of boutique shops, cafes and bars along the King’s Mile.  Canterbury is also well known for the ‘Arts’, with the wonderful new Marlowe Theatre situated in the heart of the City, together with the established Gulbenkian Theatre located on the University Campus, to the north of the City.

Housing stock

The city centre has many period buildings and a number of new flats, so as to cater for the growing student population. Just outside of the City Wall, St Dunstan’s and the favoured roads to the south are made up of period and modern ‘family’ homes. Typical prices are from £150,000-£250,000 for one- to two-bedroom flats, up to £450-750,000 for four- to five-bedroom detached houses.

Did you know?

  • The King’s School is the oldest continually operating school in the world.
  • Contemporary historians can find no trace that Geoffrey Chaucer, writer of the world famous Canterbury Tales, ever visited the city!  

You can find out more about Humberts at www.humberts.com ; 01227 452780

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