Things to do in and around Canterbury

Canterbury CathedralDuring your time at university you will most definitely be kept busy with your studies, but it is also important to have some leisure time and make the most of it.

Canterbury, and the surrounding area, offers you plenty of opportunity to get out and have fun.

Firstly, Canterbury is of course home to the famous cathedral. As students at the University of Kent we are lucky enough to have our graduation held there, but don’t wait until then to visit. It’s a must-see attraction with a lot of history and even more beauty. There is also the added bonus of free entry with your Kent student card.

Another great thing about Canterbury is that it is bursting with restaurants and cafés. Take your pick from a range of cuisines; French, Mexican, Italian, Asian and many more. And this is yet another way to make the most of your student status, as many places offer generous student discount.

Marlowe TheatreWe’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to film and stage entertainment. On the university’s campus we have the Gulbenkian which hosts a cinema, theatre and café. In the city centre, you can also find an Odeon cinema, a Curzon cinema and The Marlowe theatre, each offering a range of films and shows for all.

Fitness Class

If, like me, you love to get active, then why not try one of the exercise classes offered at the university’s sports centre. They offer a wide range of classes, seven days a week and they run throughout the day so, you can almost certainly fit one in around your timetable.

Canterbury Whitefriars is also a great place for shopping. There are department stores, popular high street stores, many of which offer student discount, and more. If you want to go slightly further afield, then Ashford offers a great designer outlet; or you can be in London within an hour by train.

Finally, there’s Whitstable and Herne Bay. Both are a short bus journey away and offer a classic seaside experience.

This post is by Becky Rye.