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 camping to hotels and cottages – so, for a quirky staycation in White Cliffs Country, don’t miss the magic of Sandwich.

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eat & drink in Sandwich

Barnsole Vineyard

Goats that Dance Coffee Shop

Hay's Shack

No Name Shop & Bistro

St Crispin Inn

The Black Pig Pub

The Blazing Donkey Bar and Restaurant

The Fleur de Lis Hotel and Bar

The Old Pharmacy Bar

The Sandwich Bakery Company

The Toll Bridge Restaurant and Bar

The Waiting Room

Felderland Farm Pick Your Own

The Bell Hotel Restaurant

The Brasserie on the Bay, Sandwich

The Dog at Wingham

The Kings Arms Restaurant and Hotel

The Sandwich Shop

White Mill Farm Shop

stay in Sandwich

Dutch Barge

Ham Hideaway

St John's Cottages

Stay at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

The Black Pig B&B

The Blazing Donkey Country House Hotel

The Fleur de Lis Hotel and Bar

Travelodge Sandwich

Chilton Villa

Fallow Fields Camping

Molland House, Sandwich

Solley Farmhouse

St Peters Bed and Breakfast

The Bell Hotel, Sandwich

The Dog at Wingham

The Five Bells

The Kings Arms Hotel

The Lodge at Prince's

things to do in Sandwich

Barnsole Vineyard

Baypoint Club

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Chillenden Mill

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

Empire Cinema

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Joseph Sevier Gallery

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

P22 Gunboat

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Richborough Roman Fort

River Runner

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Sandwich Bay

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Sandwich Guildhall

Sandwich Guildhall Museum and Archives

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Sandwich Market

Sandwich Medieval Centre

Sandwich Town Tours

Sandwich Town Trail

Shopping in Sandwich

St Clement's Church, Knowlton

St Clement's Church, Sandwich

St Mary's Art Centre

St Mary's Church, Sandwich

St Peter's Church and Haven Heights, Sandwich

Stour Valley Way

The Hunt Gallery

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre

Whitemills Wake and Aqua Park

Wingham Wildlife Park