Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere around Whitstable Harbour, where you can have your fill of local seafood as well as crafts, pubs, and water sports. Buy fresh oysters--famous in Whistable--at the harbor fish markets, or visit one of the many restaurants. Take a cruise on the historic Thames sailing barge Greta--launched in 1892 and the oldest working ship of the Dunkirk "little ships." Learn a new water sport at Whitstable Yacht Club during a private lesson. If you are lucky you can catch a live music performance by local artists at the Harbour Garden Cafe. Put Whitstable Harbour into our Whitstable trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Whitstable.
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We are regular visitors to Whitstable of course for the oysters, but also for the feel of the place. You have the feeling of industry and family time all together - the boats coming and going with the... more »
We are regular visitors to Whitstable Harbour, it is always interesting whatever the weather or season. In summer there is the added attraction of a market. more »
Good car parking either side of the Harbour or across the road, walk up the hill to the Castle and gardens, note if you want to tour the castle phone a week before to book a guide as you can’t free ro... more »
A few places for lunch and dinner along with craft shops. Take some time to have a bite to eat and watch the fishing boats return with their latest haul. We saw large bags of fresh whelks. There are a few fishmongers with beautifully fresh fish and seafood. Yum yum yum.
The excellent charm of Whitstable seafront is encapsulated in the great working fishing harbour. Apart from the photogenic working boats and fishermans huts there is a craft village and large harbour cafe and restaurant. Oh and plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Do visit this harbour it really is lovely. Oysters and shellfish galore!!
Whitstable itself is a rather modestly attractive beach hovel (I wouldn't call it a town - if you want a more "bourgeois" atmosphere on the Kent coast, travel to Margate or Ramsgate instead). It also comes up short in the tourist attractions department - and indeed the smallish harbour area is its main claim to fame. Oyster/lobster bars, stalls & restaurants everywhere, plus the odd kebap stall. Prices for sea food vary quite a bit, so look out for less stylish but cheaper places that will give you the same quality of food. You can have fish and chips for UKP 9 or 17 - but it's still the same, locally caught cod. The harbour is one of the few active fishing ports in the area, and you can almost always get a nice glimpse of some boat entering or leaving. The promenade itself is fairly narrow, but extends for about a mile along the seafront. On its western end you can find The Old Neptune, one of the busier pubs and a nice place to sit outside and enjoy the view. On weekends the area gets rather busy indeed, with many punters from London and abroad. If you want a beachside experience in Kent on limited time, then go to Whitstable. It won't occupy you for longer than a couple of hours - at most! But with more time to spend and more opportunities for sightseeing (old town, museums, shops), I'd recommend Margate - which also offers a broad, sandy beach as opposed to the ocean of stones and mussels shells in Whitstable.
Nice historic place.
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