Start off your morning with a visit to Whitstable Castle and Gardens. You can stroll around the stunning gardens and view a wide variety of plants, trees and garden features including the restored fountain and rose garden. Children are catered for with a pirate-themed play area. The Orangery Tea Room serves a variety of homemade snacks and the castle roof garden provides an ideal location to view the stunning sunsets, as painted by Turner and adored by millions every year. From Whitstable Castle you can easily walk to the towns fully working fishing harbour. Whitstable harbour was constructed in 1831 and has an interesting history which includes diving, shipbuilding, fishing and world-wide trade. Learn more about this fully working harbour by taking a stroll and stopping at the information boards covering topics such as water sports, the wind farm, wildlife, aggregates importing and fishing. A few minutes from the harbour is the town. If you fancy shopping you will find a number of independent boutiques, arts, crafts and gift shops. The historic side of Whitstable is still very much present today via its network of alleyways which were ideal escape routes for smugglers in the late 1700s. Most noteable is Squeeze Gut Alley so named as you will find it pretty difficult to get through! As you wander around the alleys you will no doubt come across the famous Oyster Yawl, Favourite that was built in 1890. It is one of six oyster yawls left and the only one based in Whitstable. She can be seen between the seawall and Island Wall, about 200m east of Neptune pub. There may well be just enough time to visit the Museum and Art Gallery. Here you will discover the towns unique coastal community and seafaring traditions with special features on oysters, diving and shipping.
Dating back to the 1790's, Whitstable Castle and Gardens has been home to local merchants and dignitaries remaining a landmark attraction throughout its history. It is a 'must see' for everyone visiting the town of Whitstable.
This working harbour's activities include fishing, commercial shipping, restaurants, café, shellfish and fish sales, sailing barge trips, wind farm operations storage facilities and beach hut rental.
This oyster yawl, which is also known as a smack, was built in 1890 by the Whitstable Shipping company and worked until 1944. She can now be viewed between the seawall and Island Wall, about 200m east of the Neptune pub.
Dive into maritime history and explore the town. The fascinating displays give townspeolpe and visitors an idea of why Whitstable is here and how it has changed over the years.
Choose from a variety of restaurants that cater for all appetites and tastes. From sandwiches to pizzas and three course meals, you will find many restaurants serve fresh and local produce from Kent including Whitstables famous oysters.
After lunch head to Herne Bay via Tankerton; a town that is characterised by its grassy banks that gently slope down to a shingle beach and pretty wooden huts. Those in search of traditional seaside magic will find it in Herne Bay. Stunning Victorian architecture, seafront gardens, the clock tower and bandstand are just some of the things that provide the town with its character. The walking cultural trail will give you an opportunity to find the historical and general places of interest in the town. Points of interest include the statue of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, designer of the bouncing bomb. While here a visit to Reculver Towers, Roman Fort and Country Park is a must. The twin 12th century towers of the ruined church stand amid the remains of an important Roman Saxon Shore fort and a Saxon monastery. Reculver offers lovely walks and there is an Information Centre which offers a fascinating insight into the history and diverse collection of birds and wildlife of this stretch of coastline.
The twin towers of St Mary's Church are a distinctive feature of the north Kent coast. They are visible for miles around, guiding visitors as they have guided sailors for centuries. But there is much more to Reculver than the towers...