- Canterbury is a beautiful and historic setting
- The University of Kent is less than one hour from London
- We have European centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome
- Canterbury Cathedral sits in the heart of the city and forms part of a World Heritage Site
SGroup Liaison Officers' Meeting & General Assembly
University of Kent November 2019
4th-5th: Global Think Tanks
6th: Liaison Officers' Meeting
7th-8th: General Assembly
Getting here by air
From London Heathrow: take the underground to London Victoria then rail to Canterbury. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, underground to St Pancras International then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 20 minutes. Plan your journey: from Heathrow
From London Gatwick: take the train to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours. Alternatively, take the train to London Bridge then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 15 minutes. Plan your journey: from Gatwick
From London Stansted: take the train to Tottenham Hale then the underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from. Alternatively, take the Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street, then the underground to your National Rail mainline station. From here, see the Getting here by rail section. Approximate journey time 2 hours 30 minutes. Plan your journey: from Stansted
From London Luton: take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours. Plan your journey: from Luton
National Express also runs an airport transfer service.
Getting here by rail
There are frequent, high speed train services to Canterbury from St Pancras International. There are also direct services from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International. The University is just a short bus or taxi ride direct from Canterbury East and Canterbury West railway stations.
Plan your journey: National Rail
Getting here by Channel Tunnel
From France: take the Eurostar to Ashford from Paris or Lille, then train to Canterbury West. Approximate journey time 2 hours and 20 minutes (Paris), one hour and 20 minutes (Lille). Plan your journey: Eurostar and National Rail
From France (by road/rail): take Le Shuttle from Calais to the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal. From the terminal, follow signs to Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury and Ramsgate (M20/A20). Stay on the A20 until instructed to join the A260 signposted Canterbury. Plan your journey: EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle)
Getting here by bus
National Express runs a regular service from London Victoria coach station to Canterbury bus station. Plan your journey: National Express
The Unibus runs every 8-15 minutes and the Triangle bus 4X runs every 30 minutes from Canterbury bus station. Both services stop at the campus. Plan your journey: Stagecoach
Canterbury is an historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the chance to discover its unique history and heritage, walk through its cobbled streets and explore hidden gems, including specialist shops, restaurants, arts and culture.
The route between the city centre and the campus is well-served by the Unibus, which runs regularly (every 10-20 minutes) up until 11pm, and then hourly from 11pm until morning. See our 'Canterbury Bus Services' webpage for detailed timetables.
Bus stops on campus:
- Keynes Bus Stop On University Road before you reach Keynes College.
- Science Building On Giles Lane next to the Stacey Building.
- Gulbenkian Theatre On Giles Lane behind the Gulbenkian.
- Darwin College On Darwin Road next to Cornwallis Building.
- Parkwood The main Parkwood bus stop outside Purchas Court.
Bus stops in the city centre:
- Canterbury bus station
- St Dunstan's Westgate Towers
- Canterbury Cathedral Lodge **
- The ABode
- University of Kent campus accommodation
- Premier Inn
These hotels are listed in order of price per night, with the most expensive first. All hotels are in the city centre, within easy walking distance of one another (with the exception of the University of Kent accommodation, which is on the University's campus).
Within the city walls, Canterbury is mostly pedestrianised, and all hotels, shops and restaurants within the walls are a short walk from one another (Cathedral Lodge and the ABode Hotel are situated within this pedestrianised area). The hotels situated just outside of the city walls (Travelodge and Premier Inn) are equally only a short 5 minute walk away, in a well-lit and busy area.
** Canterbury Cathedral Lodge has assigned the University a special rate of £95.00 per night single occupancy, or £105.00 double occupancy. Availability, however, is limited to 10 rooms and there is no availability on the night of 7th November. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org and explain that you would like one of the rooms on hold by the University of Kent.
- 4-5 November: Global Think Tanks; University of Kent campus
- 6 November: Liaison Officers' Meeting; Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury city centre
- 6 November: Welcome Dinner; Café du Soleil, Canterbury city centre
- 7 November: General Assembly; University of Kent campus
- 7 November: Gala Dinner; Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury city centre
- 8 November: General Assembly; University of Kent campus
- 8 November: Historical tours, Canterbury city centre