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Started by Shadrack22 on Jan 20, 2020 9:58:32 AM
A Short Break in Kent

Shamed by the ‘Which counties have you never visited’ thread, I’m spending about six days in Kent later this year and have booked a house a few minutes’ walk from Canterbury cathedral.

Where should I visit? What should I see?

Thinking about Whitstable, Dungeness, Faversham, Chartwell, Sissinghurst, the Margate shell grotto. Any other must-sees?

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Shadrack22 - 20 Jan 2020 10:06:07 (#1 of 138)

Other factors:

Likes: culture, architecture, wandering around and looking at stuff.

We will have a car.

My other half is not an outdoors woman, so no ten mile walks.

cozzer - 20 Jan 2020 10:11:34 (#2 of 138)

Lullingstone Roman villa

cozzer - 20 Jan 2020 10:12:11 (#3 of 138)

Also Roman bits in Reculver

sloanepeterson - 20 Jan 2020 10:15:42 (#4 of 138)

Herne Bay is better than Whitstable for an afternoon at the beach.

HouseOfLametta - 20 Jan 2020 10:21:25 (#5 of 138)

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway through people's gardens to the end of the world.

Yersinia - 20 Jan 2020 10:35:24 (#6 of 138)

I second Lullingstone. Lots of traces of Roman occupation around the county, too.

Dover Castle. The rest of Dover is pretty depressing, but the castle is impressive, as are the cliffs.

Rochester Cathedral and castle. We keep meaning to go to the Naval museum at Chatham but haven't made it yet.

There are probably some Vineyards that are visitable - maybe Chapel Down.

I won't suggest the North Downs Way if you aren't outdoorsy, but there are quite a few points along it with nice views which you could park near and potter to - the Devil's Kneading Trough near Wye springs to mind.

mazylou - 20 Jan 2020 10:36:30 (#7 of 138)

Macknades on the Selling Road. Faversham has some great market stalls and independent cafes. Reculver is a beautiful (and short) walk. Botany Bay near Margate. A Casa Mia in Herne Bay for some of the best pizza outside Italy.

Sabacious - 20 Jan 2020 10:39:10 (#8 of 138)

The shell grotto in Margate:

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Shell_Grotto,_Margate

Broadstairs is a pleasant spot, avoid most other coast towns on the HS1 route. I would avoid Herne Bay like the plague but a saunter along to Reculver is well worth while.

Dover Castle is a really good day out, fortunately it can fill most of a day so you don;t have to spend any time in the rest of Dover, although the Roman Painted House is also interesting.

The Weald is stunningly beautiful and dotted with picturebook villages; Goudhurst and environs, if you like that sort of thing.

Howlett's and Port Lympne zoos are good too, again if that's your sort of thing.

AlanII - 20 Jan 2020 10:41:14 (#9 of 138)

…the Roman Painted House

The last time we went it was falling apart. Rather sad actually.

Shadrack22 - 20 Jan 2020 10:42:40 (#10 of 138)

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Yes, Mazylou. I wondered about Faversham ever since seeing a TV drama set there a few years ago.

I read about the miniature railway in Derek Jarman’s Diaries and it sounds intriguing.

Sabacious - 20 Jan 2020 10:45:14 (#11 of 138)

R,H and D railway is fun - a quirly little thing.

The Roman Painted House in Dover is woefully neglected, kept going by a handful of aging volunteers. one ofn the most important Roman relics north of Arles and sadly uncelebrated. It doesn't stop it being a fascinating thing in itself.

Faversham is OK - good during the hop festival (if you like beer and Morris dancing)

wickeltisch - 20 Jan 2020 10:46:24 (#12 of 138)

Romney Marsh is not far from Dungeness. I found St Thomas à Becket church in the middle of nowhere quite fascinating.

mingmong - 20 Jan 2020 10:46:59 (#13 of 138)

BruvMing was a big fan of Rye, and the strange landscapes around Dunguness

Never been there myself but it sounds good.

cozzer - 20 Jan 2020 10:48:53 (#14 of 138)

Hever Castle has beautiful gardens, and the house itself is not bad, with lots of Henry VIII history.

HouseOfLametta - 20 Jan 2020 10:49:26 (#15 of 138)

Take a great Deal of Sandwiches. Ham and Rye are favoured.

Sabacious - 20 Jan 2020 10:55:24 (#16 of 138)

Take the Greta from Whitstable out to the Maunsell sea forts:

http://www.greta1892.co.uk/

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Maunsell_Forts

This a great day out - load up with stuff from the fish market for a picnic - its about 2 hours out to the forts, pootle about a bit and then come back. We saw seals and porpoises on the way too.

Catspyjamas17 - 20 Jan 2020 11:08:05 (#17 of 138)

I think The Weald is very pretty. Basically from Sevenoaks, down the A21 along to the Sussex borders - Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook.

Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Knole House, Ightham Mote, Sissinghurst as you say, all worth a visit. If you find yourself up my way in North Sevenoaks there is the Darenth Valley path and the North Downs Way. Otford, Shoreham, Eynsford all lovely. Shoreham has the best pubs and also The Mount Vineyard for fabulous wine and pizza. And you can get there easily from London on a train, and to Otford or Sevenoaks from Canterbury East/West. Otford is a better place if you want to walk. Sevenoaks town centre is ok but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there as a visitor- except to go to Knole House/Park.

Sabacious - 20 Jan 2020 11:10:56 (#18 of 138)

Leeds Castle also a good day out - albeit eye-bleedingly expensive.

HouseOfLametta - 20 Jan 2020 11:18:25 (#19 of 138)

Walmer is a very civilised castle with lovely gardens.

FGBFGB - 20 Jan 2020 11:18:43 (#20 of 138)

Ramsgate is quite a good place for a mooch if you don't like places too done-up

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