A relaxed, romantic and rustic English medieval town: Explore Sandwich, Kent, in the Garden of England
'A relaxed, romantic and rustic English medieval town'
Sandwich in White Cliffs Country, Kent is a true hidden gem. One of the best-preserved medieval towns in Britain, Sandwich will captivate you - you’ll love its laid-back vibe as you discover the quaint, idyllic charm of this rustic Kentish beauty spot.
Sandwich was one of the famous Cinque Ports, which were grouped together by Edward the Confessor for defence purposes. Explore centuries of English history with a guided tour of the town - visit the historical centre and discover perfectly preserved ancient architecture, evidence of Sandwich’ prestigious medieval origins. Make sure to include a visit to the Guildhall Museum, home to Sandwich’ very own Magna Carta! The town’s street plan hasn’t changed much at all since the Domesday Book was commissioned.
A river tour to Richborough Roman Fort & Amphitheatre is highly recommended since it is, perhaps, the most symbolically important of all Roman sites in Britain… did you know, Richborough witnessed both the beginning, and almost the end, of Roman rule?
From a more modern perspective, Sandwich is well-known for its fantastic golf. Part of Kent’s Golf Coast, Sandwich has amongst its golf courses two Championship courses - Prince’s Golf Club, a links course with accommodation that overlooks Sandwich Bay, and Royal St George’s, which has been ranked the number one links course in England (Golf World Top 100 Rankings 2021) and which will play host to The 149th Open in 2021.
Sandwich is, unsurprisingly, widely associated with its namesake snack - although the Earl of Sandwich had no real connection with the town. Nonetheless, food is an important part of this town’s fabric, with plenty of different culinary fayres and festivals taking place throughout the year.
Relax by the water in Sandwich as you soak up the tranquillity of the River Stour. Cruise from the quayside for a marine wildlife encounter, spotting seals in their natural habitat - or board a Cold War-era gunboat boasting Hollywood connections. Browse bespoke shops for curios; dine in style – you’ll be spoilt for choice with eating establishments ranging from traditional Kent pubs to fine-dining British and international restaurants. Then feed your wellbeing with a leisurely stroll or rejuvenating bike ride through picturesque parkland. Charge your camera, bring your sketchbook – quaint, unspoiled Sandwich inspires everyone’s inner artist.
Sandwich is more than a bite-sized adventure… with so much to discover and explore, you won’t want to rush home. Relax overnight here and feel refreshed for tomorrow, ready to enjoy more of the magic in White Cliffs Country. There are plenty of places to stay the night - from Sandwich Bay camping to hotels and spas – so, for a quirky staycation in White Cliffs Country, don’t miss the magic of Sandwich.
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