Canterbury is a Cathedral City and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral is a popular tourist destination as well as the focus of pilgrimage following the 12th century murder of Thomas Becket within the Cathedral. Chaucer’s 14th Century Canterbury Tales also helped to elevate the City in the public imagination. The City Centre has many 16th and 17th century timber-framed houses as well as the Marlowe Theatre and the Roman Museum. The City has a population of around 150,000 residents, it is a University City and home to Kent County Cricket Club. Canterbury Hockey Club is one of the largest in Britain. As well as the modern Whitefriars Shopping Centre the City also has independent shops within its historic areas. Supermarkets include Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsburys and Morrisons. Two railway stations operated by South-Eastern are within easy walking distance. There is a High-speed service to St. Pancras as well as services to Charing Cross and London Victoria. An hourly coach service also runs to Victoria Coach Station and it is some 60 miles to London by road. There are multiple cycle routes in the City, a popular transport choice. The Canterbury Festival runs for two weeks in October and nearby local amenities include Blean Woods Nature Reserve, offering a 25- mile circular walk around ancient woodland. Local schools include St. Thomas’ Primary, rated as outstanding by Ofsted and Barton Court Grammar School rated as Good. Independent education is offered at The King’s School Canterbury.