Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent. This vibrant town is full of heritage, culture, arts and excitement. As popular family holiday destination with everything that the family could enjoy, here are our top five things that you shouldn’t miss while visiting
Whitstable Harbour has a rich history. Whitstable Harbour was built in 1932 and the purpose of this was to assist the world’s first passenger railway line. This was then nick-named the Crab and Winkle line as it linked Canterbury to London. Fast forward to the present day and Whitstable Harbour is a fully working harbour. With local seafood delights to offer including the famous, Whitstable Oysters…why not perch on a bench, enjoy the fresh local produce and watch the fisherman set sail. This is subjected to Covid-19 regulations, and we cannot guarantee that it will be accessible during your visit.
The beaches at Whitstable are beautiful all year round. You and your family can enjoy a traditional day out anytime. Representing a good British beach with charm and views. There are a few other places to grab a bite to eat along the beach too, including the Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant if you fancy something a little upmarket.
Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent. Now famous for its colourful seaside town Whitstable was famous for its ‘Native Oysters’. The oysters were collected from the Roman times until the mid-20th century and every year this is celebrated this the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival.
To learn more about Whitstable history and heritage visit the Whitstable Museum and Gallery.
Parking and Accessibility
Accessibility to the beach is limited with lots of uneven services. There is a car park close to the beach and around the town centre however, parking spaces are subject to availability, and we suggest arriving before peak hours. Parking charges range from £2-£7. It normally costs £4 to park for the whole day at the Park and Ride sites in New Dover Road, Sturry Road or Wincheap, which allows up to six people to jump on one of the new Euro 6, high-frequency buses into the city centre and back again. The beach is a short walk from the train station. There are no lifeguards who cover this area and dog restrictions may apply throughout the year. This is subjected to Covid-19 regulations, and we cannot guarantee that it will be accessible during your visit.
Shops and Food
In Whitstable town centre you’ll find everything from art, fashion, heritage, handcrafted jewellery, local food and so much more.
Along Margaret’s Street you’ll pass Tiny Tims Tearoom – our favourite place! Inside this 1930’s inspired tearoom you’ll have the chance to taste their home-made cakes, scones and freshly prepared dishes. We highly suggest sampling their, Hot Chocolate with The Works and their Finger Sandwich Selection.
The more historic areas such as the King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s offer specialist and independent shops and boutiques including a range of fine art, crafts, and vintage clothing.