Seasalter is situated on the North Sea coast, facing Essex across the Thames Estuary and the Isle of Sheppey across The Swale. This area, west of the main town of Whitstable, was once used as an extraction source for sea salt. The sea was kept in shore based enclosures and the water evaporated to leave the sea salt for collection. Spend a quiet, relaxing holiday in Seasalter, or use The Beach House as a base to explore further a field.
www.multimap.com (Put CT54BN In the post code box)
www.smuggling.co.uk/gazetteer_se_11.html Scroll down to Seasalter and Whitstable and learn about the fascinating story of smuggling and what part the Thames Estuary played in the 18th and 19th Century.
www.thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk The award winning gastro pub favoured by many food critics and loved by the national press just a fifteen minute walk along the beach. A great way to work up an appetite!
No more than a 7-10 minute drive away is Whitstable, a fishing port that’s famous for its Oysters. Whitstable is still an unspoiled Kentish coastal town full of Bohemian charm, with narrow streets, working fishing harbour, interesting cottages, a fascinating history of smuggling and shipping, individual shops, beach front restaurants and many different pubs all with authentic character and charm. There’s a Saturday market and lots of interesting, eclectic, and attractive shops along Harbour Street. Whitstable also contains a vibrant contemporary arts scene and a range of independent art galleries to browse. There is also a town museum and castle, swimming, bowling, tennis, sailing, boating trips and walking available locally.
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Take the car six miles inland from Whitstable and you arrive in the historic town of Canterbury. This beautiful city with cobbled lanes and streets is Kent's premier tourist destination. Canterbury is dominated by the impressive Norman Cathedral; where in 1170 Thomas Beckett was murdered - turning Canterbury into a place of pilgrimage. The never-ending stream of visitors inspired Geoffrey Chaucer to write the Canterbury Tales, which are known world wide. Canterbury also boasts one of the most cosmopolitan collections of restaurants and bars in Southern England. Most of the shops are contained in a pedestrian zone making it very safe and the shopping facilities are excellent. Stooped in history Canterbury offers many museums and attractions to keep you occupied and entertained for many days.
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The cosmopolitan city of London is the capital of England and its very name suggests history and grandeur. Nowhere in the world will you find more history, pageantry, world-renowned museums, galleries and performing arts. So much to see and do, you could visit it time and time again and still have not seen it all. Leave you car at The Beach House and take the train (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) from Whitstable. Although London is spread out over 40 square miles, getting around is easy with London's underground train system, known as the "Tube."
Useful links for London:
www.visitlondon.com/attractions/culture/top-ten-attractions See London’s top ten attractions.
www.rail.co.uk For online booking and rail travel information.
Remember also, England is 18 miles from France and a day trip (or longer) from one of the Channel Ports is a relatively simple expedition. For example – Take your car on the Eurotunnel from Folkestone and arrive in Calais in only 35 minutes. That’s fast!
www.eurotunnel.com For travel and booking information.
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