World famous oysters on the Kent coast
Whitstable is one of Kent’s most popular seaside towns, known not only for its long shingle beaches, dotted with colourful huts and houses, but also for its annual Oyster Festival, when the town really comes alive.
Here you can sample this renowned delicacy which has been collected in the area since Roman times and rightly brings visitors from all over the globe to get a glimpse of the first catch of the season.
Quirky shops, galleries and a working harbour
Still a working harbour, you can sample a plethora of seafood from the stalls and restaurants as you watch the fishing boats return from sea, or pop up to the bohemian main street with its quirky colourful shops and galleries.
Keep to the seaside theme and hire bikes to ride along the coast to Herne Bay just two miles away, or try the famous inland Crab and Winkle Way, which follows the old railway line between Whitstable and Canterbury and is packed with history and nostalgia.
Relax with lazy days at the beach, building sandcastles and exploring hidden rock pools or take a long walk along the vast stretch of shingle beach. The Whitstable area has lots of other beach walks, as well many country and woodland trails nearby, perfect for both you and the family dog!
For a little culture, pay a visit to the town’s famous 18th century Castle and Gardens, Playhouse Theatre and Whitstable Museum and Gallery, all perfect for an afternoon or evening out.
Visit nearby Canterbury and Margate
Only eight miles north of Whitstable is the cathedral city of Canterbury, with its popular glass-fronted Marlowe Theatre. You are also just half an hour away from the up-and-coming seaside town of Margate and 45 minutes away from the port of Dover with its famous white cliffs.
Slightly further afield, you will find the historic Cinque Ports towns of amongst others, Rye, Hastings and Tenterden where you will find a variety of spectacular monuments and beautiful castles to visit with all the family. Whitstable really is the perfect place for those who want to get back to how holidays used to be – full of fun, adventure and family.
We are so excited to introduce our two lovely holiday cottages in Whitstable, The Whitstable Retreat, a spacious ground floor apartment, dog friendly and minutes to the seafront and the town centre and The Seaside Retreat, minutes from the pretty Harbour Street, sleeping 6 with a sunny courtyard garden, also boasts from a wood burner.