White Cliffs Country is renowned for its wonderful coast, beautiful countryside and truly unique history and heritage. It’s therefore not surprising that there are some fantastic and unmissable photogenic spots. Here’s a quick round up of some of the most Instagrammable places in White Cliffs Country, but there are plenty more to discover…..
Discover Maritime Deal
Wander around Deals former smugglers haunts
Just a short stroll from the town centre, you can wander around the picturesque narrow streets of former smuggler’s haunts, which nowadays feature gorgeous, pastel-coloured houses. From the 17th to the early 19th century, this area was renowned for smuggling and looting and was where smugglers used secret tunnels and underground hiding places to steal their goods away from the ships, anchored off 'The Downs'.
These atmospheric streets, with quaint fishermen’s cottages now rub shoulders with well-preserved Georgian town houses and give you a glimpse into Deal’s turbulent past.
Top Photo Opportunity: Choose from one of the many streets like Golden, or Coppin street to catch a great view of the sea.
Take a stroll along Deal seafront and pier
Deal has long been regarded as one of the prettiest towns in Kent, its pebble beach overlooks breath-taking views of the Channel, and is home to the distinctive 100 ft long Deal Pier, with its chic, award winning café at the end. Deal has won many awards and was recently voted the best UK seaside resort!
Top Photo Op: Looking back at the town from the end of the pier gives a snapshot of Deal’s varied past. The beautiful old houses along the seafront form the backdrop for the vibrant bustle of the town.
Get Snap Happy at Walmer Castle and Gardens
Once a Tudor artillery fortress that later became a stately home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports; Walmer Castle has seen many famous residents in its long history.
You can discover the Duke of Wellington in his role as Lord Warden and even see the original Wellington boots! Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger also lived here and you can find out how he orchestrated England’s defences against Invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte. Don't miss the magnificent gardens, including the Broadwalk Garden, kitchen garden, and contemporary Queen Mother's Garden, the latter was designed by Penelope Hobhouse in 1997 and reflects tranquillity and classical lines with rich planting and cool shade.
Top Photo Op: Capture Walmer Castle and the Queen Mothers Garden all in one photograph with the reflection on the castle in the pond.
Explore Kingsdown beach
Just off the National Cycle Route 1 (NCR1) and the new England Coast Path, you’ll find a quiet and secluded beach at Kingsdown. The Zetland Arms pub is a stones throw from the beach, with another two pubs in the pretty, unspoilt village.
The spot is great for rock pooling, but if you’re searching for more excitement, the beach is also a popular local spot for kayaking.
Top Photo Op: Get the White Cliffs in the background or take the path up to the top and you will be able to see all the way to Deal.
Explore Historic Dover
Walk along the White Cliffs of Dover
There can be no doubt that The White Cliffs of Dover are one of this country's most spectacular natural features. They are an official icon of Britain and have been a symbol of hope and freedom for centuries. The views from the 300ft high stretch are breath-taking and on a clear day you can see the corresponding cliffs of Cap Gris-Nez in France. Don’t forget your walking boots!
Top Photo Op: Take a trip on the Dover Sea Safari rib boat and see a different view of the cliffs.
Snap Away at Dover castle
Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle and have an amazing day out! The Great Tower has been carefully recreated to reflect the grandeur of Henry ll’s medieval palace. Climb to the rooftop and you have fantastic views over the English Channel, before descending underground to explore the winding Medieval Tunnels built during and after the Siege of 1216 to protect the castle from attack.
The castle was also played a vital role across two world wars and you can discover the Port War Signal Station and find out how the Straights of Dover were defended from the recreated Fire Command Post, not forgetting the unmissable Underground Hospital and the Secret Wartime Tunnels.
Top Photo Op: Head up to the Great tower, which on a clear day you have a 360° view of Dover, the worlds busiest shipping lane and of course, those iconic White Cliffs of Dover.
Explore St Margaret’s Bay
St Margaret’s Bay was once the home and inspiration for the James Bond author, Ian Fleming. It was in his house on the seafront that he wrote Moonraker which was largely based in the St Margaret’s and Kingsdown area. Goldfinger features Royal St Marks, otherwise known as the Royal St Georges golf club at Sandwich. The bay offers an inspiring backdrop to spectacular countryside and coastline and to a wide range of activities, including rock pooling.
Top Photo Op: Have a paddle or rock pool at the base of the cliffs and take advantage of the wonderful channel or cliff views available.
Discover Samphire Hoe
Stroll below the famous white cliffs at Samphire Hoe, England's newest piece of land made from chalk marl excavated from the Channel Tunnel. The site has progressively been transformed into a nature reserve with a rich degree of biodiversity. The Tower was inspired by traditional wooden fishing sheds and coastguard stations and has a sound installation triggered by moving the telescope. Look up and you might see kestrels hawking above; look down and spot beautiful wildflowers which can be seen along the paths.
Top Photo Op: Capture the moment and see if you can snap a ferry or cruise liner and The Tower against the white cliffs or the blue sea.
Stroll along Dover Pier
Take a stroll along Dover's new pier and enjoy those panoramic views!
Look out over the marina, discover Dover's coastline and get an amazing view of Dover Castle and Dover Western Heights, both perched on top of the famous White Cliffs. Don’t miss Dover’s seafront. Redesigned in 2011 by London based architects Tonkin Liu, it won a national award for architectural excellence.
Top Photo Op: Walk along the pier and see if you can get as much of the sea front as possible in on picture.
Climb up to Haven Heights
Once a bustling and prosperous port, Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports, is now said to be “one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Britain”.
You can get a unique perspective on England’s most complete medieval town and climb up Haven Heights. As you ascend the medieval tower of St Peter’s, you will be treated to amazing views across Sandwich and on a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of France!
Top Photo Op: From the top of the tower, you can appreciate the medieval origins of the town. Don’t miss the 16th century Guildhall which is ‘home’ to brand new museum - housing the towns Magna Carta.
Beautiful Goodnestone Park Gardens
One of only three gardens in Kent to be mentioned in The Good Gardens Guide, Goodnestone Park Gardens is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen, who was a frequent visitor and the 18th century stately home is reputed to have inspired her to write Pride and Prejudice.
Top Photo Op: For those with an eye for grandeur, sit (or stand!) on the steps with the house in the background.
A short walk from Sandwich town centre, Sandwich bay is a real ‘get away from it all’ mainly shingle beach, which when the tide goes out, reveals a wide expanse of sand, offering something special for all of the family.
Top Photo Op: Catch the one of the amazing sunsets over Princes or St George’s golf courses from the beach.
Relax at Barnsole Vineyard
Close to Richborough Roman Fort, Barnsole is an award-winning boutique Kent vineyard offering a wide range great English wine. You can pop in for a quick free taste or take a tour with the winemaker and find out more what Barnsole has to offer.
Top Photo Op: Get up close to the vines and the fantastic landscape and snap away!
Walk along Sandwich Quay Side
Sandwich Quay was once a thriving and busy port but is now about two miles from the coastline and used by small leisure boats for day trips up and down the River Stour. The picturesque Cinque Port town of Sandwich is a short stroll from the Quay with interesting architecture, shops and refreshments.
Top Photo Op: See how many boats you can capture in one picture and don't forget to snap a picture of the P22.