The north ward of Thanington Without follows the River Stour nearest to the city and London railway line, it has private housing north of Ashford Road and a large estate of mixed housing south of Ashford Road. The South ward of Thanington Without is a linear settlement along New House Lane, New House Close and Iffin Lane. In the south of the parish there is a small community at Stuppington.
As with Canterbury, transport is neither urban super-highway nor rural back lanes in relation to the rest of Kent. An off ramp slip road was built in 2014 on the eastbound A2. At present the slips lead only to Dover to ease the traffic congestion in Wincheap between the Westgate and the A2.