Whitstable Travel Guide

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Whitstable Highlights

  • Pro
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    planxty says…

     Nice beach, good seafood, easy access from London. 

  • Con
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    celia.q says…

     shingle beach, muddy sand at very low tide, coast faces north west. 

  • In a nutshell
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    amapola66 says…

     perfect weekend break for foodies 

Whitstable Things to Do

  • Eat seafood

    Whitstable has long been famous for its native oysters, but it offers other seafood as well...winkles, cockles, whelks, crab...I didn't try any on my visit (an early January early morning is not really conducive to a crab sandwich!) but I know that it's all good stuff. There are several places in the town itself..including the Royal Native Oyster...

  • Look at the clapboard buildings

    I must admit that the older clapboard buildings along Sea Wall are very pleasing to the eye. Many of them (although not all) seem to be holiday properties, available for letting through most of the year. I also liked the 'traditional' pitch-black fisherman's huts on the harbourside. Although clearly pretty modern they are still in use: it's nice to...

  • An absolute must.

    I always make this place one of my ports of call (nautical pun absolutely intended) when I visit Whitstable. It is a great little pub, right on the beach. In fact, I'm surprised it hasn't been washed away before now in a high tide. A friendly place, you can sit at tables actually on the beach and drink and watch the world go by.The pub also boasts...

  • Good friendly advice.

    If you visit Whitstable, and I suggest you should, one of your first stops should be at the very good tourist information centre. On the day I visited (enquiring about local bus times), the lady there couldn't have been more helpful. There is a large selection of useful free publications as well as many items to buy, ranging from the usual tourist...

  • Visit the U-boat.

    Now, I don't want to mislead you, there is not an old German U-boat moored off the coast at Whitstable, rather it is the name given by locals to the delightfully named Ship Centurion Arminius. A very welcoming pub with a good (and regularly changing) selection of ales, it seems to be very much a locals place, marred only by one person, but more of...

  • Walk!

    I know it sounds radical, but simply parking the car and going for a nice walk along the sea front from the harbour down past the town, expecially when the weather is windy, can be very therapeutic.The seafront takes you from the fish market in the harbour along past several oyster restaurants and other seafood places.


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Whitstable Restaurants

  • Egon Ronay likes it...

    Loads of seafood usually fresh from the sea given the snooty treatment. ;)Expensive but the food is good. Dover Sole and Oysters

  • amazing tapas

    this restaurant receives rave reviews in the press & so gets booked up pretty quickly - it's essential to book especially at weekends.it's right by the sea but best of all is the food - authentic meze, simple, locally sourced & in season and absolutely delicious. Great buzzy atmosphere.Well worth a visit.

  • Delicious home made icecream

    This tiny little ice cream shop near the High Street of Whitstable sells amazing homemade ice cream.There is no printed menu, but they will tell you all the flavours. This may be because they vary. The icecream cones are freshly baked and you can choose a chocolate dipped variety. What a difference from the horrible cardboard tasting factory cones...

  • The Sportsman - Michelin starred pub

    If you find yourself down Whitstable way, and you want to have a fantastic meal (Michelin starred no less) in a very relaxed environment (run-down looking pub) off the beaten track (in the middle of nowhere), then I can highly recommend The Sportsman.This pub is located in Seasalter, a couple of miles from Whitstable in Kent. We trekked down from...

  • Neppy's

    The Old Neptune is a cool pub that is right on the beach in Whitstable. There are benches on the gravelly beach outback, where you can enjoy a pint in decent weather. According to the posters on the wall, they often have live music. Check their website for info on that.The Old Neptune also has some history. It was featured in a Peter O'Toole movie...

  • Best Oysters ever and lovely old world...

    Wonderful restaurant with good wine list, locally brewed fantastic beer and some of the best seafood I ever had. The Moules Mariniere as a starter are wonderful, as is the brown shrimp salad and (if the pocket stretches a bit further) the Whitstable Fishery Oysters (GBP15.50 for 1/2 dozen). Wonderful, big, meaty - simply delicious. Book a table in...


Whitstable Nightlife

  • A night at the theatre.

    I've never actually been inside this place, I merely offer it as a suggestion to VTer's who may want something to do of an evening in Whitstable.The place is apparently run by a local amateur dramatic society (the Lindley Players) and seems to have a reasonable selection of entertainments on, if the posters outside are anything to go by.The quality...

  • Music and comedy

    I must confess I've never actually been here at night, as I always have to get a train back to London, but I have included it here as it seems to offer the best selection of nightlife in the town.Posters in the place suggest there is regular live music of various kinds, and also a comedy night. At time of writing (August 2005) they were offering a...

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Whitstable Transportation

  • Buses and trains (updated)

    I would to clarify the comments made by leics about buses around Whitstable. She mentions routes 4 and 6, These are circular routes starting and finishing at Canterbury: route 4 travels clockwise, Whitstable before Herne Bay, and the 6 is anti-clockwise, Herne Bay before Whitstable.There are also some local variations: there are the 4, 4a and 4X,...

  • Buses and trains.

    There are regular buses linking Whitstable with Canterbury, Herne Bay and other nearby settlements.Buses from Canterbury are particularly good, with several different routes (I used the 4A and the 6) running roughly every 15-20 minutes throughout the day (weekdays). Journey time is roughly 35 minutes. Some are double-decker buses, which give...

  • Good trian connection to London.

    If you don't drive (like me) your best bet to get to Whitstable is by train. there is a good (half-hourly) service weekdays and journey time is around 90 minutes.The Station is a little bit away from the main part of town, but here's a tip. if you come out of the Station door, turn hard right and then follow the cycle track signs. It takes you...


Whitstable Shopping

  • great little clothes shop

    Cute bright pink shop on the way to the beach ... it sells a good mix of clothes & cute little unusual gifts. Great costume jewellery, handbags, shoes .... you can rummage for ages in there. A good find. Nice chunky jewellery pieces & cute dresses. dresses from about £25 - £65

  • Simply superb.

    If I asked you to describe your ideal food shop you might say something like good quality, locally sourced produce, knowledgeable, friendly staff who are passionate about what they sell, impeccable hygeine standards and somewhere where local people come to shop. If you did, you would just about have perfectly described the Cheese Box.We visited on...

  • Fresh as it can be.

    Whitstable Fish Market must only be a pale imitation now of what it was when the fishing fleet was in it's heyday, but it's still worth a visit. Let's face it, the produce could not be any fresher - it must have to travel all of 30 feet from the boat to the chiller cabinet!In fairness, the prices aren't all that much cheaper than in London, but you...


Whitstable Warnings and Dangers

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    by zschachwitz Written Jan 11, 2014

    There's a car park in Whitstable with two different fee machines - one for the council for some spaces, and one for a local pub, for different spaces.
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Whitstable Sports & Outdoors

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    by zschachwitz Written Jun 29, 2013

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    International football, (soccer) comes to Whitstable!

    The local team, Whitstable Town FC, (www.whitstabletownfc.co.uk) play in what we call call the Ryman League South (www.isthmian.co.uk and follow the links), as do a number of other clubs in Kent, and this coming season will see matches played against the Green Lions of Guernsey FC, the first team from the Channel Islands to play in a "mainland league". Some way below the prima donnas and inflated egos and wallets of the premiership, but, at times, no less entertaining for all that, in my view. Not recommended for those with a fear of open spaces, given the small average attendance.
    As an aside, my daughter's boyfriend supports, Vitesse Arnhem, so am looking forward to showing him how the "other half live"

    Equipment: Umbrella, perhaps although there is covered accommodation.
    A flask for half-time refreshment, although most grounds at this level of play have a tea hut, and allow access to the club-room/bar
    As most grounds sell old programes to raise funds, a bag might not be a bad idea, to carry home your purchases

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