Canterbury on the River Stour in Kent, offers a rich mix of city living, rolling countryside and coastal grandeur, at Herne Bay and Whitstable.
The walled city boasts Britain's oldest cathedral, as well as abbey and castle ruins that together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turbulent priest Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral in 1170, while Geoffrey Chaucer set his raucous tales of pilgrims in the city during the 1300s. Dazzling and daring Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe grew up here and is remembered today in the theatre that bears his name.
Canterbury oozes history, but the modern world's not forgotten, with vibrant shopping, luxury hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, too. Around 145,000 people live in Canterbury, with 28,000 of them students. Canterbury's two universities and other colleges provide local employment, with healthcare, retail and tourism adding further job opportunities.