Sandwich

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Sandwich Visitor Information Centre, Guildhall, Cattle Market, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9AH

Tel: 01304 201066

Sandwich

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Sandwich in White Cliffs Country is a true hidden gem. One of the original Cinque Ports, grouped together by Edward the Confessor for defence purposes, Sandwich is relaxed, rustic and romantic - and has been described as “the completest medieval town in Britain”. 

Retrace the steps of history‘s famous visitors to Sandwich – King Charles II drank outside The Bell Hotel and Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1573. Make sure you include a visit to the Guildhall Museum, home to Sandwich’ very own Magna Carta! The first recorded mention of Sandwich was in 664 when it was a ‘thriving town’ and Saxon stronghold. Today, the town’s street plan remains almost as it was when the Domesday Book was commissioned. 

A wealth of historic sites and attractions awaits those who visit Sandwich. Follow the historic Town Trail through narrow winding passageways, past Norman churches and along the town walls. Wander through the unspoiled streets and discover perfectly preserved ancient architecture, clues to the town’s prestigious origins. Browse the antique stores and bespoke gift shops. Visit the ancient churches of St. Mary’s, St. Clement’s and St. Bartholomew’s and climb the tower of St. Peter’s Church for incredible views across the town and surrounding rural area. Head upstream by river boat to visit Richborough Roman Fort just north of Sandwich – the site witnessed the beginning, and almost the end, of Roman rule in Britain.

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. Take a leisurely stroll or rejuvenating bike ride through the picturesque parkland that borders the quayside. Don’t forget to charge your camera! Of particular interest are The Barbican and Fishergate on the Quay. There are many fine shops and quality restaurants to enjoy, from traditional Kent pubs to more modern British and international eateries. 

You can really embrace the festival spirit in Sandwich. The town has a busy calendar of events, from Le Weekend – a celebration of all things French – to Sandwich Salutes the 1940s; together with Sandwich Food Fayre; Sandwich Folk and Ale and Sandwich Arts Week.

Sandwich is also 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 - ranked the number one links course in England (Golf World Top 100 Rankings 2021) and playing host to The 149th Open in 2021.

Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in Sandwich, whether you opt for riverside accommodation such as the Bell Hotel or a traditional countryside inn such as The Five Bells.

For more information on places to stayvisit and eventsvisit the official tourism website for Sandwich.

 

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