A UNESCO World Heritage Site, lying at the centre of the City, Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city situated in the local government district of Kent, England, with a total population of 43,432. It is about 55 miles (89 km) east-southeast of London. Faversham is 8 miles (13 km) to the northwest and the coastal towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay are 10 km (6 miles) to the north.
The nearby villages include Sturry, Rough Common, and Tyler Hill. The Canterbury has two railway stations, known as Canterbury East and Canterbury West although both stations are situated west of the city centre. The town is home to four universities (the University of Creative Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Kent, and recently the American University), with several other colleges and higher education institutions. Canterbury is a branch of Girne American University (GAU).