Pebble Paradise: Visiting Whitstable

An hour and a half east of London, the small seaside town of Whitstable is nestled just three kilometres north of Canterbury. Famous for its oysters, the town is a perfect getaway for a day trip from London. With so many things on offer for solo travellers, couples, friends and families, nobody can regret visiting the beautiful town and feasting on delicious oysters at its many seaside restaurants.

Getting there is quite easy. A train ride will take between an hour and 20 minutes and an hour and 40 minutes, depending on the schedule and train you take. Buses are often leaving the main terminals in London and heading to the town, as well. If you rent a car, you’ll enjoy an hour and a half drive to the South-East corner of England and will be able to visit Canterbury, as well. Whitstable has so many things to do such as visiting the Castle, its Alleys, the beach - of course -, the Crab and Winkle way, the Museum, the Maunsell forts, amongst many other things. Ready to head on an exciting trip for the day?

Whitstable's Landmark

Fine, it’s not a real castle so much as it is a castellated family home; and perhaps it’s not as old as other castles around England. The castle is, however, a landmark of Whitstable and one that cannot be missed. Its beautiful gardens and grand rooms are a perfect way to start your day off in Whitstable before moving onto other things. Group visits are available with pre-booking and you may arrange for refreshments, afternoon tea and light lunches.

Squeeze Your Gut & Run Through the Alleys

It might be odd to call an alley an attraction, really, but Whitstable grew from Canterbury’s main road, making locals in need of greater space and easier ways to reach the ocean, so they created alleyways that today are one of the town’s main attractions. Amongst the popular ones are Squeeze Gut Alley - you can probably guess where the name comes from -, The Old Favourite, Collar’s Alley and The Horsebridge.

Nothing Like Whitstable Oysters

The Whitstable Harbour is a historic place, dating back to 1832, where the Canterbury & Whitstable railway company served the ‘Crab and Winkle’ line. Today, the harbour is alive with fish markets that are full of locals and visitors alike, as well as a handful of restaurants (serving mostly oysters, of course). The spot is unmissable, and a great place to stop for lunch if you’re craving some of England’s most popular seafood.

Hit The Beach

Whitstable is a seaside town, and therefore hosts a handful of beaches. Perhaps annoyance is first felt when one notices that the beaches lack sand and are instead filled with pebbles. But there is a tranquility to the beautiful beaches of Whitstable with its colourful houses facing the ocean and its gorgeous sunsets every afternoon. Tankerton Slopes is the most popular one. The slopey beach - where Tankerton and Whitstable meet - is great for an afternoon stroll. In summer the community fun day is celebrated at Tankerton Slopes, as it is right by the Whitstable Castle.

There is much more to see in what would otherwise seem like a small town. Offering cycling ways (The Crab & Winkle Way is very famous), the railway, the Museum and Gallery, or even visiting the Herne Bay Pier for some fishing fun, Whitstable is a perfect getaway destination if you’re trying to escape from the claws of the monster city that London is. When Monday comes around, it’s back to reality.