About Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable is like no other town by the sea.  Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement Whitstable’s modern appeal. Whitstable is a charming place and a huge favourite with visitors.

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Whitstable’s main claim to fame is its oysters which remain an important part of the town’s character and are celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival.  Oysters and other delicacies from the sea can be enjoyed at the many local restaurants and pubs or taken home from the fresh fish market at the harbour.

Shoppers can delight in the town’s bohemian charm with independent craft and gift shops, galleries, delicatessens and fashion shops trading side by side with butchers and bakers.  Whitstable even has a pub on the beach.

Whether you take the main route through the town or enjoy the progress through the quiet lanes and alleyways with eccentric names you will end up at the working harbour.  Constructed in 1831 it has an interesting history including diving, shipbuilding and fishing, details can be found in the local museum.

Along the coast at Tankerton, grassy slopes fall to the sea and the promenade.  At low tide a shingle bank stretches out to sea, which enables you to walk out and admire the views back to the shoreline.


Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre
Located just yards from the beach in the centre of town, on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity and offers stunning sea views.

Playhouse Theatre
Community theatre offering a wide range of entertainment, plays, pantomimes, music, comedy and active youth group.

Whitstable Castle
The castle started as a residence but with funding from the Heritage Lottery fund it has been restored and revitalised recently to a unique and special venue with ornamental gardens, play area, art studio and gallery.