HEALTH

There is no Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit in Canterbury. The nearest A&E units are at Ashford and Margate. For an ambulance dial 999 or 112. The Kent & Canterbury Hospital is on Ethelbert Road in south Canterbury and has a minor injuries unit. There are frequent buses from the bus station. See here for contact details of regional A&E and minor injuries units. For other minor conditions you could enquire at Canterbury Health Centre on Old Dover Road which is walking distance from the centre, or at one of the several pharmacies in the city centre.

 SAFETY

Canterbury is a safe place to visit.  Crime in the area is below the national average for England. Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken and like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

Unlike Europe and the US, be aware when crossing the road that cars will usually approach you from your right unless it's a one-way street - always look both ways. When crossing main roads always try to cross at a designated crossing and wait for the green light.

The city is very busy during the day but it's advisable to avoid walking alone at night outside of the immediate centre (especially for women). This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area. If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, make sure to remain in lighted areas and avoid isolated routes through parks and alleys. You may wish to avoid the underpasses (subways) beneath the ring road which some may find intimidating due to the presence of beggars but don't be tempted to cross the ring road by foot unless it's at a designated crossing point.

In an emergency situation while visiting Canterbury, dial 999, or 112 from any phone.  For non-emergency situations, call Kent Police by dialling 101 or alternatively 01622 690690. Canterbury police station is on Old Dover Road (at the roundabout on the junction with the ring road). You may also find police officers, or police community support officers (similar uniform but fewer powers), on foot patrol in the city centre, but this cannot be relied upon.

There are no foreign embassies located in Canterbury, but most countries have a location within England. The nearest would be in London.  Check out this List of Embassies for location and contact information.

There are many water activities available just outside of the city, and with them come certain inherent dangers, the majority of which can be avoided by following a few basic rules.  Never leave valuables unattended at the beach, as this is asking for trouble.  Always wear a lifejacket while on a boat.  Swim only in designated areas.  Visit the American Red Cross website for more water safety tips.