Regular trains run from London terminals to Canterbury’s two mainline stations, Canterbury West and Canterbury East. Canterbury West is the closest station to the university campus, and is served by high-speed trains that run from London St Pancras International and Stratford International in east London. These are by some margin the fastest services to Canterbury, taking under an hour, and typically run at a frequency of one train per hour.
Some slower services also run to Canterbury West from London Charing Cross. Canterbury East is further from campus and runs slower services from London Victoria. The high-speed services to Canterbury West are a little more expensive than other services to Canterbury.
You will find that in the vast majority of cases (the exceptions being a few south coast services) it will be necessary to change trains in London in order to reach Canterbury.
The closest airports serving Canterbury are the London airports; Gatwick and Heathrow are perhaps best connected for train services to Canterbury, although Stansted does offer links to Stratford, where the high-speed service stops.
National Express coaches also run to Canterbury.
If you are driving to the conference, Canterbury’s main road connections in the direction of London are the A2 and M2.
On arriving in Canterbury, the University of Kent Campus is situated on a hill just outside the city, with beautiful views over town. It is about a mile from Canterbury West station, or two miles from Canterbury East or the bus station, and is walkable if you are feeling intrepid.
If you are new to the city, however, you may wish to take either a taxi or a bus. Taxis are in plentiful supply from both train stations and the bus station, while the Uni1 and Uni2 buses run regularly between the bus station and campus; there are also stops near both train stations. Bus stops on campus are marked on the attached campus guide. As you will see from the programme, all conference events, including registration, will be held in the Grimond Building.
If you require any further travel guidance, this can be sought via the relevant page on the University’s website.
Canterbury has a broad range of hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and AirBnBs, ranging in price and facilities. Some options are below, though these are by no means exhaustive:
Canterbury is a beautiful medieval city, steeped in history and culture, and also has much to recommend it in terms of bars, shops and restaurants. If you are able to, we would highly recommend taking some time to explore the city while visiting to attend the conference.