Canterbury is a picturesque medieval town in Kent. It owes its fame to the sixth century conversion of the English to Christianity under St.Augustine and its role as a medieval site of pilgrimage, as described in Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous `Canterbury Tales’. The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral in the centre of the city, is the mother church of the Anglican (Episcopalian) communion, and the city is the home to no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Just under 1 hour’s train journey from London with Southeastern trains, Canterbury is well-situated with high speed rail connections to continental Europe and to London with its international airports. Travel from Heathrow or Gatwick takes roughly 2 hours, and a return trip costs around £50 using the underground or £85 using the Heathrow Express. The connections to London also provide a convenient rail link on to Cambridge.
The University of Kent’s campus is situated on the north west edge of the city of Canterbury. The campus has modern halls of residence which provide a convenient place for delegates to stay, with accommodation and lecture rooms within a ten minute walk of each other. Alternatively the city, a half-hour walk or 15-minute bus ride from campus, is well furnished with several international hotel chains.