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.