The Area

 

Dover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is much to see and do in and around Dover including Dover Castle, the famous White Cliffs, quaint towns and villages and numerous beautiful beaches and bays. There is even easy access to the continent by ferry or the Channel Tunnel.

 

No trip to Dover is complete without a visit to Dover Castle. Originally built in the 11th century with many additions since including WWII tunnels, all are now beautifully preserved. There are many historical events put on throughout the year.

 

The White Cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast.

 

In the surrounding area are a number of pretty villages, bays and coves.

 

 

Sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandwich is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England. It is also one of the ancient Cinque Ports which supplied ships and men to the British navy in the Middle Ages.

 

Among its many attractions are narrow streets with half-timbered houses, the River Stour with its picturesque quay, famous golf courses, beautiful parks and a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs.

 

There is much else to see and do in and around Sandwich itself including: Richborough Roman Fort, Sandwich Coarse Fishery, Gazen Salts Nature Reserve and many independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

 

Sandwich River Bus has been offering tours along the River Stour from Sandwich Quay since 1999. The Harbour Master runs these tours with great enthusiasm and knowledge. Several different trips are available including one to go seal spotting in Sandwich Bay.

 

Salutation Gardens are ever changing with the seasons and so are wonderful to visit any time of year. As well as housing a museum, the Guildhall, with its ancient courtroom, is well worth a visit as is the White Mill Rural Heritage Centre with its windmill built circa 1760 with original wooden machinery, restored Miller's Cottage and farming displays.

 

Sandwich Bay is a mere 2 miles away and can be reached either on foot or along the toll road. It boasts miles of unspoilt shingle beach, nature reserves and Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory. This is where the three championship golf courses are located: Royal St. Georges, Princes and the Royal Cinque Ports. It is a very pleasant walk from Sandwich Bay along to the next town, Deal, another historic town with plenty for the visitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal is the nearest town to Sandwich and is definitely worth visiting with two castles (Deal and Walmer), pier, long promenade, childrens paddling pool, Timeball Tower, and numerous independent shops and restaurants.

 

Deal is an old-fashioned seaside town which is completely uncommercialised -  a joy to visit.

 

 

Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury is a beautiful city with many historic buildings, not least the cathedral, which is the oldest in England. Canterbury’s diverse shops are housed in many of the city’s oldest buildings and a river tour around the centre of town is one of the best ways to see the medieval architecture.

 

 

Broadstairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous for its plethora of beautiful sandy beaches and the annual folk week, Broadstairs is an olde-worlde seaside resort which is a must on a sunny day. There are several beaches to choose from including Viking Bay, in the main town, and Joss and Botany Bays which are more secluded.

 

Broadstairs also has many quirky shops and restaurants and is the home of the Charles Dickens Museum.