In a poll of the UK’s most and least popular cities Canterbury was voted in 9th place. The results came from YouGov Profiles data, based on the views of more than 55,000 people.
The survey focused on 57 English, Welsh and Scottish cities. York , Bath and Edinburgh were named as the three most popular. Canterbury was the only Kent city in the poll. Other destinations falling below Canterbury in the popularity rankings included Exeter, London, Oxford and Brighton. The bottom three in the table were Sunderland, Wolverhampton and Bradford. The results revealed that 79% of respondents liked Canterbury, this compared with 92% for Edinburgh and 23% for Bradford.
The survey is good news for the city which remains heavily reliant on tourism to support the economy. The many places of interest that draws visitors to Canterbury include the city walls, originally constructed by the Romans (rebuilt several times down the centuries), the remains of St Augustine’s Abbey and a Norman castle. The oldest English Church in continuous use (St Martin’s) and oldest ‘extant school’ in the world (King’s). The city also boasts three university, a thriving further education college a range of private educational institutions a first class cricket ground and a modern theatre.
However in rankings of the UK’s most popular counties Kent was placed 24th out of 47. Dorset finishing top and Bedfordshire in last place.