Five things you may not know about Canterbury

Canterbury is a small city but, being home to three universities (including our UCA Canterbury campus), it’s a lively place with no shortage of entertainment and good food. 

But did you know…

  • Ian Dury, front man of the 70’s rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, taught Fine Art at UCA Canterbury.
  • There are more than 80 restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes in Canterbury.
  • Canterbury is home to three theatres, as well as two cinemas.
  • Every year, Canterbury hosts the Canterbury Festival – Kent’s International Arts Festival – which brings internationally acclaimed artists to the city while also celebrating its home grown talent. The Festival attracts over 70,000 visitors each year.
  • Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest in England, with parts of it dating back to the sixth century. To this day, the Cathedral is opened and closed each day with the ringing of a seventeenth-century bell.


Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre, and is home to more than 1,000 students studying a range of courses in architecture, interior design, fine art, graphic design, illustration and animation. You can find out more about our Canterbury campus, as well as the city itself, here.

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