Canterbury is an old historic English town in Kent. It is situated on the River Stour and is home to one of the most famous religious structures in the world - Canterbury Cathedral. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site there are parts of the city that are of significant importance in English history. The city wall was built in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century. Canterbury is also home to one of the oldest schools in England - The King's School.
Once one of the most influential cities in England Canterbury has a history dating back to prehistoric times. The Celts, the Romans and Medieval Britain would all have been familiar with Canterbury. Popes, Kings and Queens and Mahatma Ghandi have all visited Canterbury.
During the 17th century out of a population of 5,000, there were 2,000 French speaking Protestant Hugueonots fleeing persecution and the war in Holland. The lease for the famous ship The Mayflower was negotiated in Canterbury in 1620 prior to its use to transport pilgrims to America.
Canterbury today is a very popular tourist destination. In the summer months the streets are thronging with visitors from all over the globe. It is one of the most visited cities in the UK. With an abundance of good restaurants, cafes and bars the city is heavily dependent on tourism.
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