Places to Visit

 

Sandwich

Attractions in the town include a range of individual shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, the river and quay, medieval houses, the Old Town Trail and the Salutation House & Gardens..

 

Sandwich Bay

Miles of unspoiled shingle and sand beach, nature reserves, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory (with visitor workshops) and three top golf courses: Royal St George's Golf Club, Prince's Golf Club and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club. The bay may be reached either on foot or by toll road.

Sandwich surrounds

At Richborough are the ruins of the fort used by the Romans to launch their invasion of Britain. It is easily walkable from the cottage. Worth is a pretty village with its old houses and duckpond. Some of the land is drained Dutch-style and criss-crossed by ditches and channels. Orchards are plentiful too. Two long-distance footpaths pass through Sandwich: the Stour Valley Walk and the Saxon Shore Way.

Canterbury

Famous cathedral city with historic buildings, town walls, ruined castle, abbey, street market, river frontage with boat trips, museums, Canterbury Tales visitor centre, the Marlowe Theatre and a variety of independent shops and chain stores.

Deal and Walmer

Pier, two castles, long promenade, Middle Street conservation zone, Astor community theatre, Timeball Tower, eating places, interesting shops and Saturday market. On the road from Sandwich to Deal is the Betteshanger Country Park.

Ramsgate

Scruffy town centre but Ramsgate's jewels are its Regency terraces and the Royal Harbour. Other places of interest include a big sandy beach, fish and chips, waterside cafes, some good restaurants, Pugin's Grange and the Granville Theatre.

Broadstairs

Popular resort with an attractive little harbour. Restaurants overlook the sands of Viking Bay. A number of beautiful sandy beaches lie between Broadstairs and Margate, notably Joss Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Botany Bay and Dumpton Gap.

Margate

This traditional seaside town is now enjoying significant regeneration of its old quarter, stimulated by the opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery and the restoration of Dreamland as a retro theme attraction. As a result, lots of interesting shops, cafes and other small businesses - not to mention theatres and a superb beach - make it an interesting visit.

Kingsdown and St Margaret's Bay

Kingsdown is a lesser-known but picturesque village, just south of Deal and Walmer. Its large shingle beach is fringed by cliffs. Dogs are allowed all year. Further towards Dover is St Margaret's at Cliffe, a seaside village with a spectacular setting. Highlights include the Pines Gardens and the cliff-top walk to South Foreland lighthouse and Dover.

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Beautiful early 18th century stately home and gardens, set between Sandwich and Canterbury. Jane Austen was once a regular visitor. The layout includes a terraced area, walled garden, arboretum and woodland. The lovely old village of Goodnestone has a welcoming pub with beer garden.

Quex Park

Quex Park, near Birchington, is home to landscaped gardens and the Cotton-Powell museum. For some visitors the highlight will be the walled Victorian garden. For others it will be the sad but impressive taxidermy collection - gathered on one the ancestors' African and Asian expeditions. 

 

Other places 

  • Pegwell Bay is where the Vikings first landed, as did St Augustine, who brought Christianity to Britain. At nearby Manston are a Spitfire and Hurricane Museum and an RAF Museum. The Belle Vue Tavern has fantastic views over the bay.
  • Dover has an impressive castle (with World War 2 exhibitions), museums, ferries to France and those world-famous white cliffs. 
  • Fordwich was Canterbury's port in the Middle Ages and the landing site for Caen stone to build the cathedral. The ancient town hall is worth seeing and there are two nice riverside pubs.
  • Reculver, on the North Kent coast, is the site of a ruined Roman fort and later Saxon monastery. Its country park offers coastal walks on easy pathway.
  • Whitstable is a trendy seaside town noted for its oysters, harbour with fish market plus some good restaurants and shops. 
  • Faversham is a pleasant old market town in North Kent.
  • The Kent Downs is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Lovely rolling chalkland lies within the Dover/Ashford/Canterbury triangle. Beauty spots include the Devil's Kneading Trough, Elham Valley and the village of Wye.

Here are some other places to look up, depending on your interests. All are situated within approximately 10 to 50 miles:

  • Howlett's Zoo near Canterbury
  • Port Lympne Safari Park and Gardens, near Hythe
  • Wildwood: a wildlife park situated between Canterbury and Herne Bay
  • Leeds Castle and Go Ape, near Maidstone 
  • Chatham Dockyard and Maritime Museum, 
  • Hever Castle near Edenbridge (former home of Anne Boleyn) 
  • Chartwell at Westerham (former home of Sir Winston Churchill)
  • Dungeness 
  • Rye 
  • Hastings.