Whitstable is a delightful fishing port on the North Coast of Kent close to the magnificent city of Canterbury. Its celebrated oysters have been enjoyed since the Roman occupation and today they feature on the menu at many of the fabulous eateries for which Whitstable is justly renowned.
One of the earliest passenger railways connected Canterbury to Whitstable in the 1830s and was known as the Crab and Winkle Line. The disused line is now a splendid walk and cycle trail. One of the steam engines that used to pull the carriages is now in the Canterbury Heritage Museum, a superb example of Victorian engineering.
Whitstable is well worth visiting just for the delicious fresh seafood, but not to worry if that’s not to your taste, there is plenty to discover besides oysters within the town. There are many enchanting shops and art galleries that have given Whitstable a creative edge over other seaside resorts and Whitstable Castle is a most attractive and interesting place to visit, not least for a luxurious traditional cream tea!
The Oyster Festival held every July brings the town alive with music and entertainments with lots to see and do for all ages, even if you aren’t particularly fond of the shellfish! Although you may be surprised to discover that oysters are an important ingredient for lots of local produce. Kent Crisps manufactured at the nearby Quex Park us them, along with other local producers including Biddenden Cider Vinegar and Ashmore Cheese from Canterbury.
So if you’re looking for the perfect holiday by the sea we have some charming cottages available to rent. If you require any more help in picking the ideal cottage give us a call on 01580 720770 and whether it’s a sweet fisherman’s cottage near the harbour or a modern apartment overlooking the sea we can find the idyllic property to suit you.