Whitstable - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing the center of Whitstable, a port town in Kent at the mouth of the The Swale on Whitstable Bay. This picture shows a view down Harbour Street near the junction of Oxford Street, taken during a lull in the usually ceaseless traffic.
Whitstable - FURTHER INFORMATION
Whitstable - Whitstable visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Whitstable' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Kent.
Whitstable is a seaside port town in Kent, between Herne Bay, and Faversham on the southern edge of Whitstable Bay. The area around Whitstable has been occupied since Palaeolithic times, and both Bronze and Iron Age remains have been found here. Ever since Roman times, Whitstable has been closely associated with the oyster trade and even today one of the highlights of the Whitstable calendar is the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival. It is also associated with salt harvesting around Seasalter. The town is mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as Witenestaple.
With the arrival of roads to Canterbury and then train links, Whitstable diversified into the tourist industry, promoted as a good resort town. This continues today and a continuous pebble beach runs from Whitstable to Herne Bay.
Whitstable - Tourist AttractionsSome of the main sights and tourist attractions in and around Whitstable include:
- The Whitstable Street - a narrow strip of shingle that runs out from Tankerton Beach into Tankerton Bay and is exposed at low tide.
- Whitstable Harbour - home to the fishing and oyster industry and with in which is an Aquarium and Leisure Pool. The harbour is also the focus for the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival.
- Harbour Street - running from the harbour back to the town center, lined with all kinds of shops, stores and restaurants. The Whitstable Shop, which contains a tourist information centre, is also on this road.
- Reeves Beach - shingle beach west of the harbour on which stands the Old Neptune, a popular old pub.
- Whitstable Castle - 18th century octagonal tower developed into a manor house. Today the castle has tea rooms, gardens and play areas open to the public free of charge.
- Whitstable Windfarm and World War II Maunsell Sea Fort - both the wind farm, with 30 wind turbines, and sea fort are clearly visible from the beach, and boat trips run out to the wind farm daily.
- Island Wall - street that has many 19th century buildings including Dollar Row cottages built on the proceeds of salvaging a ship carrying silver dollars. On the street is also the Favourite, one of the last Whitstable Oyster Yawls.
- Duncan Down - at 47 acres this is the largest village green in England.
- Tankerton Beach - long shingle beach with a promenade close to the town center famous for the Whitstable Street and lined with beach huts.
- Tankerton Slopes - hill above Tankteton beach and close to Whitstable Castle with good views along the coast to Herne Bay.
- Water Sports - Whitstable is home to one of the oldest sailing clubs in England and each year hosts the International Waterski Championships.
- Saxon Shore Way - Whitstable lies on the Saxon Shore Way, a 163 mile long walking path round the south-eastern coastline.
- Clowes Woods - ancient woodland just south of Whitstable managed by the Foresty Commission, full of cycle trails and a good place to spot glow worms at night.
- West Blean & Thornden Woods - a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), these woodlands cover 490 hectares and is being carefully managed to revert to natural English woodland.
- Canterbury - just a few miles south of Whitstable, full of museums, the cathedral and other attractions.
Whitstable Tourist Information Centre
7 Oxford Street,
Kent CT5 1DB - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1227 275482
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Train: Whitstable Rail Station.
Road: Whitstable lies at the junction of the A299 and A290, about 6 miles north of Canterbury and 20 miles west of Sittingbourne. It is about 59 miles from the center of London.