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WhitstableUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Whitstable

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Marine Hotel
Marine Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £119 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Whitstable hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tankerton Beach and Whitstable Beach. Whitstable Harbour and Whitstable Castle and Gardens ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (272 reviews)

"Great location, spacious room, good service and hospitality. definitely coming back."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Marine Hotel
Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
29 Beach Walk, Whitstable, England
The price is £92 per night

Situated in Whitstable, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tankerton Beach and Whitstable Beach. Whitstable Castle and Gardens and Whitstable Harbour ...

4.3/5Excellent! (148 reviews)

"Our stay at the Hotel Continental was very pleasant. They took all the precautions you would want in a post COVID stay, but it still felt normal. The location is great - just down the street from the main drag to make walking everywhere easy (and across the street from the water), but far enough ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2020

Hotel Continental
Driftwood Beach House
Driftwood Beach House
4 out of 5

Situated in Whitstable, this beach bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whitstable Beach, Whitstable Museum and Gallery and Whitstable and Seasalter Golf ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"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

Driftwood Beach House

Popular places to visit in Whitstable

Whitstable Beach
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Whitstable Beach

4.5/5(97 reviews)

Pack a picnic and your swimsuit for a day out on this attractive shingle beach lined with rows of pastel-colored wooden huts.

Whitstable Harbour
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Whitstable Harbour

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Watch fishing boats sail in with their catches and savor oysters and other fruits of the sea at this busy working harbor.

Tankerton Beach
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Tankerton Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Tankerton Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Whitstable. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Whitstable Castle and Gardens
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Whitstable Castle and Gardens

4/5(2 reviews)

Stroll through gorgeous gardens and see how the wealthy elite used to live at this splendid late 18th-century castle.

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable
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Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Reserve your seat for a captivating drama, comedy or musical performance in this intimate theater, housed in an atmospheric converted church.

Whitstable Museum and Gallery
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Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Discover insights into the oyster trade that put Whitstable on the map and learn about the town’s celebrity residents at this small and fascinating museum.

Top things to do in Whitstable

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Flexible Day Trip
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Flexible Day Trip

£58
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Greenwich & Dover with River Cruise
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Greenwich & Dover with River Cruise

£101
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Dreamland Margate
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Dreamland Margate

£18
Per adult
Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour
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Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour

£335
Per adult
Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle
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Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle

£420
Per adult
Yoga on Whitstable beach for couples
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Yoga on Whitstable beach for couples

£105
Per adult

Reviews of Whitstable

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

If you like oysters, seafood and a lovely small high street then it’s perfect!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Dec 2019

My heart has stayed in Whitstable, it’s a place that I love.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Lovely town, great shops & restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Full of amazing pubs, antique shops and quality places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

What an amazing little town. So much to see and a lovely feel to the place. Will definitely be returning. Can recommend the East Kent pub too - lovely owner and great pub.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Aug 2019

Great lively community and working harbour. Great for fresh fish and seafood.

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