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Is Canterbury a nice place to live?

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The answer to the question above can vary depending upon the taste of individuals planning to live in Canterbury. So in this article I will be giving only some good points that are suggested by the people who consider Canterbury as a good place to live.

Canterbury is a historical city that is vibrant yet weird. This cathedral city has its legs firmly positioned in its old values and is yet looking into the future. Canterbury is famous for its world-class schools as well as universities. It also has a large array of leisure activities. Let us take a brief look at some of its peculiarities.

It is a world heritage Centre

Canterbury Cathedral is considered as one of the awe-inspiring Christian structures in the whole of the universe. It is the cathedral where the head of the Anglican Church is seated. It is the place where Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury was murdered in 1170.  It is the place where pretty ancient buildings like the ruins of Canterbury Castle, St. Augustine’s Abbey, Eastbridge Hospital, the romantic Greyfriars Chapel, the Westgate Towers etc. are situated. Canterbury is the 2nd most densely visited city among European cities. The villages of Canterbury are full of traditional pubs with open fires along with beer gardens where top-class cuisine is served. In addition to this there are also street chains of independent restaurants that will tempt you.

Theatre and Cinema

The new Marlowe Theatre is a good place where all ballet connoisseurs and film lovers in the city throng together.  Canterbury has folk routes and an active Music Centre where emerging talents and their live events take place regularly.

Sports and leisure

Canterbury is the home ground for Kent Cricket. Many girls, boys and seniors are seen regularly practicing in this ground.  Canterbury is a perfect place for golf lovers also. The Canterbury golf club is always busy with diverse club programs and lessons for all levels. It also has special Centre for hockey, tennis, basketball players etc.

Canterbury education

Education has been considered as one of the greatest fascinations for people who are planning to move to Canterbury. Canterbury has world class schools in the state and private sectors. The grammar system taught in these schools is considered to be the best one for children of all ages. There are some well-known grammar schools which are dedicated solely for boy students as well as girl students. The University of Kent stands apart with its study centers at world cities like Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

Where to live?

In the heart of Canterbury or ‘within the city walls’ only  terraced  houses, smattering medieval buildings and Georgian town houses  will be available. Canterbury is not very big as you think and there are relatively lesser houses within the city walls.  Larger houses are found on city roads like London Road or New Dover Road. St. Dunstan’s is a good place for those looking for similar houses.  Good and value for money houses are available for those who venture to villages to find their lovely homes. Larger houses are available for around £ i million and family cottages can be purchased for around £ 500,000. Many of these villages are blessed with outstanding natural beauty.  Best suitable locations can be found out by browsing web or in consultation with friends and relatives.

Important tips

As in most cities traffic will be slow at peak hours and you will be required to use public transport system to make travel easy. Parking is a real problem in the city. As the city is compact everything will be available within your reach.