DEAL PLACES TO VISIT
Sea front tourist attraction built by Henry VIII to protect Britain from invasion. Open most of the year.
Time Ball Tower and Museum
The tall, narrow building on the seafront reflects the town's maritime history. the tower strikes 1pm each day. In pre-radio days, it was used to send official time signals to shipping. One of only three working towers of its kind in the world. Visitors welcome.
Fowlmead Country Park
A new BMX course has been added to the attractions at this nature reserve a few miles from Deal. The reserve is stocked with 130,000 new shrubs and trees, including silver birch and hawthorn. Kent Wildlife Trust for the protection of indigenous birds such as long-eared owls, lapwings and plovers are involved in this major attraction for visitors. The park is located off the A258 Sandwich Road at Sholden. activities include geology walks, health walks, kite flying, cycling, ornithology, photography, and rambling. Disability bikes are available.
Deal Maritime and Local Museum
Located in St Georges Road, the museum is open on the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October from 11am - 5pm.
Historic Canterbury is where you can explore the magnificent cathedral, take a trip on the river and climb the spiral staircase in the West Gate Towers, which have guarded the city since the 1380s.
Travelling by foot is always a good way to explore the city. Walking trails or guided walks will help you make the most of your time here and to enjoy the winding lanes and streets, all with their own unique identity. Alternatively you may wish to relax and absorb the wonder of the city with a boat trip along the River Stour. You will be able to appreciate Canterbury's finest and historical architecture set against outstanding, scenic views.
The crystal clear waters offer a home to ducks, swans, fish and other wildlife while the river banks have an array of bending willow trees and wild flowers.
The bohemian charm of the Harbour, a popular ambling destination and a stones throw from the beach where a walk along Whitstable’s coastline at sunset is not to be missed. Walk along the beach with its many pubs and restaurants, catch the ’sailors music’ in winter as the wind whips through the boats’ rigging. Known as ’The pearl of Kent’, Whitstable is famous for its oysters collected since Roman times, and is celebrated annually each July at the Oyster Festival, or take a trip out of Whitstable on a Thames sailing barge.
Whitstable is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement Whitstable's modern appeal. Whitstable's main claim to fame is its oysters, which remain an intrinsic part of this sea town's character and are celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival. Oysters and other delicacies from the sea can be enjoyed at the local restaurants and pubs or taken home from the fresh fish market at the harbour
- Camber Sands, nr Rye
Golden beaches that stretch for 7 miles. Perfect at any time of year with both the sea, sand and interesting wildlife to observe and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Visit the Cinque port town of Rye and discover its smuggling past. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve boasts five birds’ hides and is a mosaic of habitats with a network of footpaths and on the culinary front - don’t forget to try the famous Rye Bay Scallops. Visit Winchelsea, Dungeness, or take a rowing boat on The River Rother all make for a delightful day out.
Dating back to pre Roman times, Faversham is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. By 1900, and after 400 years of manufacturing gunpowder for famous battles such as Trafalgar and Waterloo, Faversham was to grow to be the centre of the nation's explosives industry. With over 400 listed buildings recording Faversham's industrial past this makes the town a 'must see' on any heritage trail.
Much of the area to the south of Faversham is in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while to the north are nature.
Nestling in the peaceful Sussex countryside enjoy nature trails and river banks. There is coarse fishing on the River Rother. The Owl and Hawk Society have breeding boxes and there is a pair of breeding otters down by the river. Visit the fairytale castle of Bodiam and the market town of Tenterden. Explore the River Rother by boat which can be hired at Newenden. Shop for paintings and antiques in Rye, explore golden sandy beaches at Camber sands.
- Romney & Hythe
Visit the Kent and East Sussex steam railway running between Romney Hythe and Dymchurch.
The Bronze Age Boat is now on permanent display at the Dover Museum. Discover where the Dunkirk evacuation was masterminded from within the secret tunnels of the majestic Dover Castle. Come and see where the Romans lived in the well preserved remains of the Roman Painted House.
For a breath of fresh air explore and wander along the famous White Cliffs and follow the path to the Lighthouse where Marconi made his first radio transmission. You can enjoy fantastic, breathtaking views from the top of the cliffs. This ‘iconic’ stretch of coastline has been voted Britain’s favourite and is a welcome sight to millions of travellers.
For some retail therapy De Bradelei designer outlet has everything for the avid shopper. Action seekers are equally spoilt for choice. Our new Water Sports Centre will be able to satisfy most adrenaline junkies!
Whenever and however you choose to spend your holiday, Dover has so much to discover, whether you decide to stay for a week or a weekend.
The Channel port of Dover provides an ideal opportunity to take a day trip to France or use the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone, (be in France within an hour).
You will find Ash, also known as Ash-Next-Sandwich, on the Roman road from Sandwich to Canterbury. The village retains 11 of its 12 original manor houses, but the dominating landmark is the Church of St Nicholas with its very tall tower and needle‐like spire – once used as navigation aids. It is also renowned for its numerous medieval monumental effigies and brasses.
The Ash Level extends to the River Stour, crossed only by old drove ways, and it is here that you will discover the isolated village of Westmarsh. The River Stour divides the Ash Level from the Minster Level and the exhilarating
Shore Way passes along this section of the river.
Ramsgate is home to the only 'Royal' Harbour in the country and has a sparkling marina, award-winning sandy beach, cater-for-all town centre and cliff tops that beg to be rambled.
There are lots of little cafes and pubs scattered along the waterfront, all with tables and chairs outside, where you can happily pass the time people watching or dreaming about which yacht sitting in the marina you would like - if only!
If you are feeling adventurous you can take a pleasure boat cruise around the harbour or venture further afield and explore the sandbanks and seal colonies that sit just off the coastline. You can even take a ferry crossing to Ostende in Belgium with Transeuropa Ferries.
A short stroll into the town centre reveals a great mix of large chains stores and individual shops and if you visit on a Friday or Saturday you will be greeted by the cries of the market stallholders as they vie with each other to sell their wares. A great opportunity for those who like to seek out a bargain
And as the sun goes down, stroll back to the waterfront for a nightcap and wonder at the many lights reflected in the water, a beautiful holiday memory.
Chatham lies at the heart of Medway and is the largest of the three of towns. In the centre of Chatham shoppers will find a fully pedestrianised High Street and the Pentagon Shopping centre with nearly 100 shops to choose from, indoor bowling alley and fitness centre. The Brook and Central theatres located in the heart of the shopping area provide regular evening entertainment for all ages.
Naturally Chatham’s most famous attraction is The Historic Dockyard, dating back more than 400 years to the age of sail. Today it is one of the world’s most important maritime heritage destinations and a prospective World Heritage Site along with its defences.
On the attractive marina front at Chatham Maritime next to the dockyard is the Dockside Outlet Centre. It is a great place for visitors to shop and purchase designer clothing, household items and accessories at discounted prices.
Adjacent to the Dockside Outlet Centre is the exciting Dickens World Visitor complex, themed around the life, books and times of the author Charles Dickens.
The ancient cathedral city of Rochester, with its Norman castle was place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author.
Historic Rochester has maintained much of its Victorian charm – with its wide pavements, ornate lamp posts and buildings of great architectural and historic interest. It is unique for the absence of the usual High Street names and boasts a wide choice of independent speciality shops where you can find that unusual gift or souvenir to take home. There are ample of places to eat and drink on the High Street from the quaint old world to modern style bistros, to cafes and inns serving value for money lunches.
Many of the buildings that featured in the works of Dickens can still be seen today. These include Restoration House, used in Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’ as the home of Estella and Miss Havisham, The Six Poor Travellers House, immortalised by the author in a Christmas short story and the impressive Guildhall Museum of local history. At the Guildhall Museum, visitors can learn more about the author and his works in the Dickens Discovery Room via a multi-lingual touch screen technology and film.
During the summer months, visitors can explore the city on foot with a local guide or they can literally follow in the footsteps of Dickens’ on a self-guided walking tour and see the buildings he wrote about in his works (leaflet available with map).
The city boasts a full calendar of lively and colourful events. These include the famous Rochester Sweeps festival with loads of street entertainment, Summer Dickens Festival with parades of costumed characters and the Rochester Castle Summer Concerts, culminating with a spectacular firework display.