What to do and see in Whitstable, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

September 9, 2017 Hector Krause

Whitstable (/ˈwɪtstəbəl/, locally [ˈwɪʔstəbl]) is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent in south-east England, 5 miles (8km) north of Canterbury and 2 miles (3km) west of Herne Bay. It has a population of about 32,000.
Restaurants in Whitstable

1. Tankerton Slopes

Marine Parade | Tankerton, Whitstable, England
Excellent
61%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Tankerton Slopes

Reviewed By Neil H - London, England, United Kingdom

Stayed in Tankerton. Did a short walk on Saturday followed by a 10k power walk on Sunday to Hampton and back. Nice and flat on the way there and took the higher road back so slightly more challenging. Nice views and followed by a coffee on the small high street.

2. Tankerton Beach

Tankerton Road, Whitstable CT5 2BD, England +44 1227 378100
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Tankerton Beach

Reviewed By PHE22 - London, United Kingdom

A fantastic view over the Thames Estuary. Interesting to take in the views of the large offshore wind farm and passing sea traffic.

3. Whitstable Town Centre

Harbour Street, High Street & Oxford Street, Whitstable, England
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 698 reviews

Whitstable Town Centre

Reviewed By Sheila B - Romsey, England, United Kingdom

We had never been to this part of the country before, so did not know what to expect but just wanted a short break after Christmas somewhere different. We decided on Whitstable as a base to stay and were not disappointed. This is a lovely coastal town that has retained its character with a good selection of independent shops, coffee bars/cafes, pubs etc. Okay here are a few chain outlets, Weatherspoons, Zizzi to name but two, but these are out numbered by the independents which are obviously well supported by the locals. Considering our stay was in January and it was, well a bit on the damp side there was a warmth about the place. The locals we met were friendly and helpful giving us directions when we looked a little lost. So, Whitstable served us well for our short break.

4. Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

104 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AZ, England +44 1227 272042
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 73 reviews

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Whitstable is very fortunate to have its own theatre, The Playhouse, which is owned and managed by The Lindley Players Limited.

Reviewed By SimeyWimey - Whitstable, United Kingdom

Been many times over the years and never disappointed. It's a great venue with an excellent bar, and really great staff. We saw the committed to the blues brothers performance most recently, but we've seen plays, Panto, Concerts, whatever it is you're guaranteed great seats, and a memorable evening. Book some tickets to coincide with a visit to the town. Also they sell toffee poppets. Perhaps the last place in the uk that does?

5. Whitstable Harbour

Harbour Street, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England +44 1227 274086
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 766 reviews

Whitstable Harbour

Reviewed By Stephen H

It was really great to be able to walk around a proper fishing harbour and call in to a wet fish counter and purchase freshly caught fish, as well as cooked prawns, crevettes, Kippers and Arbroath Smokies.
As this was our last day in Whitstable, we stocked up for the freezer! Well worth a trip and the Smoked Haddock we had for supper this evening was really excellent.
Makes me realise what a privilege it would be to live close to place like this. Well worth a couple of quid in the local car park so you can browse for an hour or so.

6. Whitstable Castle & Gardens

Tower Hill, Whitstable CT5 2BW, England +44 1227 281726
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 438 reviews

Whitstable Castle & Gardens

Reviewed By James O

Its a great place in terms of quality and affordability. Children have a playground to use whilst parents and grandparents can enjoy a meal or afternoon tea. All with friendly service and a smile !!

7. The Street

Tankerton Promenade | Tankerton, Whitstable, England
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

The Street

Reviewed By Chrispo49 - Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

My daughter was married at the beginning of July 2017 at the Artists Beach House, just above The Street. As the tide was low just after the ceremony the photographer took the opportunity to use the sand bar for some unusual photographs, with bride groom and young attendants standing at the end of The Street. Many of the wedding guests strolled along the bar to enjoy the views back up to Tankerton beach and slopes. A unique and beautiful place.The glorious sunset over the coast added to the very special atmosphere on a wonderful happy day.

8. Crab & Winkle Way

To Canterbury West Station Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Crab & Winkle Way

Reviewed By bernard p - Whitstable, United Kingdom

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning, dogs in tow heading off down the C&W way. The walk is very picturesque, calming and relaxing. Further along the route we heard the lovely sound of bells chiming and reached a lovely old church which in its cemetery has Commonwealth war graves. The only two things that could be improved are the signs more details would be helpful as there are different paths on the route, also dog litter bins - considering the emphasis on picking up dog excretion the first bin we reached from starting the walk was at the church three quarters along the route so walking along with a dog bag wasn't a huge problem but being able to dispose of it earlier would have been better. With that said, go and enjoy the opportunity of a delightful gem of a walk.

9. The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1AF, England +44 1227 281174
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Reviewed By futtock21 - London, United Kingdom

The Horsebridge Centre is a multi-purpose venue on three floors. The ground houses two galleries plus a shop. The largest gallery marked a reunion of three artists who graduated from Maidstone together in 1988, Keith Oney, Rebecca Metcalfe and Andy Howe. Together they have produced mainly portraits in a variety of media including huge wooden sculptures, works in wire mesh as well as watercolour and photography. Beyond in the smaller gallery is an exhibition of paintings entitled La Vie et La Danse, a mixture of sensual nudes and clothed dancers. On the top floor is a cinema; the first floor a cafe.

5A Oxford Street | Forresters' Hall, Whitstable CT5 1DB, England +44 1227 276998
Excellent
46%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Reviewed By futtock21 - London, United Kingdom

It's a quirky little museum accessed through what appears to be a converted Nissan hut. Beyond a couple of rooms telling the history of Whitstable through defunct machinery, mementoes of the closed railway line to Canterbury, and photographs of extensive damage caused by German bombs in WWII, followed swiftly by devastating floods in 1949 and 1953. There are a number of maritime paintings as well as a display dedicated to one of Whitstable's most famous sons Peter Cushing. The adjoining art gallery was closed without explanation.

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