Exploring Kent

One of the best things about the University is its location – right in the Garden of England.

Our campuses are close to the beautiful and historic seaside towns, amusement parks, parks and woodland, museums and castles. It’s even possible to have a day trip in Paris or Brussels. In this post, we want to share with you some of the destinations that are great to visit, and close to the Canterbury and Medway campuses.


Canterbury has everything you could want in a university city. It’s big enough to keep you entertained, but not so big it feels overwhelming. Just a short walk or bus ride from the campus, it has lots of great shopping, from high street names up in WhiteFriars to hidden gems along the cobbled streets of Buttermarket where you’ll find the world-famous Cathedral. If you’re studying at the Canterbury campus, your graduation ceremony is held in the Cathedral – a spectacular place to celebrate with your friends and family.


Famous for its seafood and annual Oyster Festival, Whitstable is a picturesque and quintessential seaside town with many vintage and crafts shops. It’s perfect for cycle hire and it’s easily walkable via the Crab and Winkle Way that starts between Park Wood flats and the Oaks Nursery.


A bustling and friendly town, Rochester is proud of its literary connection to Charles Dickens and there’s plenty of Victorian charm to be found in its cobbled streets and you can find plenty of independent shops that sit alongside modern bistros, cafés and bars. Rochester Cathedral is the second-oldest in England and where we hold our graduation ceremonies for our Medway students.


Deal is a rising star. Its stunning seafront provides the perfect backdrop to its buzzing cafés, pubs and independent shops. There’s plenty to hold your interest – take a walk along the pier, visit Walmer Castle or visit some of the places you may have seen on TV. Deal has featured in The Tunnel, Liar and Vanity Fair.


Folkestone is another seaside town with spectacular views. Its Creative Quarter has over 100 artistic enterprises, The Leas is a mile long, cliff-top promenade with amazing views of France and the recently developed Harbour Arm is a bustling and lively place to visit with live music and great food.


Chatham’s maritime history goes back more than 400 years and one of its ‘must-sees’ is the Historic Dockyard. The University has teaching spaces there, and it’s home to three warships, a submarine, museums and galleries. Chatham also has great shopping, beautiful green spaces, two theatres and is close to the River Medway.


Margate has been revitalized over the past few years and is well worth a visit. The Turner Contemporary is a world-class art gallery, there are 15 beaches and bays, Dreamland is a fun, vintage amusement park and there’s lots of quirky shops and cafés. Take a look at the Insider’s Guide to Margate

Kent is a beautiful county, with lots to see and do. For more inspiration, take a look at the Visit Kent website