Whitstable

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Work up an appetite with invigorating coastal walks then dine on oysters and gourmet seafood at this seaside resort in the southeast of England.

The tranquil seaside town of Whitstable is a popular weekend destination for London escapees trading in the big city bustle for peace, fresh sea air and delectable seafood. Stroll along promenades and pebbled shores, paddle in the cool waters and try a few of those sweet and briny native oysters for which this town is so well known.

Oysters have been harvested in Whitstable since Roman times, although the industry really flourished in the late 18th and 19th centuries. It went into decline in the 20th century, but has experienced a revival in recent years.

There are several places where you can try these tasty mollusks. Purchase them fresh from the Whitstable Fish Market or at the famous Wheelers Oyster Bar. Better yet, plan your visit for the July Oyster Festival when they are served at restaurants, bars and stalls throughout town.

A pleasant way to see Whitstable is on foot. Amble along the main stretch of West Beach and continue east to Tankerton Slopes where pastel-colored beach huts line the shore. If the tide is low, walk along the Street, a strip of shingle that extends into the water and offers good views of the town. Another good trek is the coastal Saxon Shore Way.

Rent a bike to explore farther afield. Cycle along the Crab and Winkle Way following the old rail course from Whitstable to Canterbury. The route first carried Victorian tourists here and passes through an area of ancient woodland.

Back in town, tour the Whitstable Museum and Gallery. Exhibits are devoted to local topics, including the oyster industry and famous former residents such as the actor Peter Cushing. He starred in several horror movies and the original Star Wars. Wander the town center where old-fashioned shops, retro ice-cream emporiums and characterful pubs add to the town’s appeal.

Whitstable is about a 2-hour drive from London. Regular train services leave from the capital and buses depart from Canterbury. Sample seaside living and mouthwatering seafood at this picturesque resort.

Marine Hotel
Marine Hotel
3 out of 5
Marine Parade, Tankerton, Whitstable, England, CT5 2BE
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Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
29 Beach Walk, Whitstable, England, CT5 2BP
The price is £115 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
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4.4/5 Excellent! (203 reviews)
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Driftwood Beach House
Driftwood Beach House
4 out of 5
230 Faversham Road, Whitstable, England, CT5 4BL
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"Driftwood Beachhouse is perfectly located to enjoy fresh air, birdsong and peace and quiet. Jez was a great host, really friendly and accommodating, giving us helpful local advice and getting the hot tub ready each evening. Breakfast was delicious. The rooms and outside spaces are really charming, ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

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Sherbet Cottage - 3 Bedroom Fisherman's Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
Sherbet Cottage - 3 Bedroom Fisherman's Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
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Sherbet Cottage - 3 Bedroom Fisherman's Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
Ensuite Double Room Own Entrance in Art Deco House
Ensuite Double Room Own Entrance in Art Deco House
Whitstable, ENG
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