Whitstable is the family-orientated and fashionable seaside town – famous for its beach huts, Oyster Festival and quaint harbour. There is an eclectic and quirky mix of independent boutique shops and galleries, Whitstable Castle and an increasingly popular arts festival – the Whitstable Biennale.
Whitstable is vibrant and interesting all-year round, its main attractions include the famed Oysters of Whitstable which have been a delicacy for over 2000 years, when the Romans discovered them and shipped the delicacy across Europe back to Rome. Once in abundance, the native Whitstable Oyster is a rare find, but a number of different species can be found and devoured in one of the many eateries dotted across the town, at back at the Hotel too. The Oyster remains an intrinsic part of the sea town’s character, celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival.
Out and about
The town’s bohemian charm shines through, with independent craft and gift shops, galleries and fashion shops trading side by side with fishmongers, butchers, delicatessens and bakers. When you need to recharge, one is spoilt for choice with a wonderful selection of cafes, restaurants and gastropubs. Whitstable is one of very few beaches in the country which boasts a public house right on the seafront and there are wonderful walks in the Kent countryside and other pretty towns and villages to discover whilst staying at the Turner.
Whether you take the main route through the town or enjoy haphazard progress through quiet lanes and alleyways with eccentric names such as Squeeze Gut Alley, you’ll end up at the working harbour. Constructed in 1831, the harbour has a varied history including diving, shipbuilding and fishing.
Along the coast at Tankerton, grassy slopes dip to meet the sea, throwing out an invitation to visitors and locals to walk along the promenade and take in the bracing sea air. Providing unsurpassed views of Whitstable’s skyline the wide ridge of shingle entitled ‘The Street’, stretches out to sea, kept hidden only to be discovered when the tide is low.
It is the easiest place to explore, just by walking. A perfect getaway for families looking for a beach trip.
- Whitstable Town Centre
- Whitstable Harbour
- Tankerton Slopes
- Whitstable Castle & Gardens
- Whitstable Museum and Gallery
- The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre
- Tankerton Beach
- The Street
- West Beach