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Whitstable is famed throughout the UK for its oysters and fine eateries. It is a town well known for its culinary delights. But far from only catering for food lovers, this small town is famous for its thriving arts community and is one of the country's most picturesque towns with something to inspire and delight all tastes.
Getting here: High speed trains from St Pancras International to Whitstable takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Crab and Winkle Line was the reason for the harbour’s construction in 1831, so heavy goods could be transported from Newcastle to Canterbury. It was also the world’s first passenger railway service. Looking for some fresh seafood? The harbour fish markets are very popular amongst both locals and visitors, especially in the summer months.
Harbour Street is definitely a place you should visit during your time at Whitstable. The street has created a lot of buzz around its cute little shops, boutiques and restaurants. These buildings have hardly changed for over a hundred years and they have modern shops that lay beneath uneven roofs – what is more picturesque than that? It would be a good idea to take your camera with you so you can make sure you snap that Instagram-worthy picture.
This English seaside has a beautiful coastline and a very traditional feel. Facing towards the West, this means that these beaches are a wonderful place to catch a picturesque sunset. Yes, the beaches aren’t sandy but don’t let that throw you off. These pebbly beaches only add to its quirkiness and there are beach huts, weatherboard cottages and fishing boats. If you fancy windsurfing or sailing, these are popular sports at Whitstable beach, with the Whitstable Yacht Club located at the northern end.
If you a searching for a true delicacy of the sea, expect to find oysters, fish and crustacean in Whitstable. The Royal Native Oyster Stores in Kent is a seafood restaurant offering the freshest fish. And even better – this is what makes them world famous! The Whitstable Oyster Company has been growing oysters for a very long time, beyond the reach of recorded history.
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