Visit Sandwich and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Sandwich, Kent. A delightful old town, now some 2 miles from the sea, Sandwich was once one of the most important naval bases in England, and one of the original Cinque Ports. The town dates from Anglo-Saxon times and 1 ½ miles to the north west are the remains of the Roman Richborough Castle.
Sandwich is best toured on foot, starting, perhaps, with a circuit of the ramparts, which follow the line of the old town walls. This 2-mile. walk skirts for a while the River Stour, and for a considerable part the old moat, generally called the Ditch. The more elevated parts of the walk give a good view over the town and many of its important landmarks.
On the tiny central square, called Cattle Market, is the Guildhall, a l6th-century building which has been little altered inside or out. The façade has been retained, as has the old oak flooring and heavy beams and other Tudor features inside.
Sandwich is rich in 16th- and l7th-century architecture, and there are a number of houses with the overhanging upper stories typical of this period. Strand Street has many such buildings, of which the Elizabethan Weaver's House is a good example.
A fine medieval monument is the Barbican, once the main gateway to the town; although much restored it retains its ancient character. It is now a toll-gate to a bridge over the Stour; also an excellent starting point for the ramparts walk. A little lower down the river is the Fishergate, another medieval gateway.
St Clement's, the parish church, has a fine Norman tower, and much else of the original Norman fabric remains. The finely carved stone font is early 15th-century St Peter's, which dominates the centre of the town, was formerly the parish church, and originally dates from the 13th century but has many later alterations and additions. It is now the chapel of the Sir Roger Manwood's Grammar School which is housed in three mansions on the Sandown Road, just outside the town. The Church of St Mary the Virgin also dates from the Norman period, and although little used now, contains much of interest.
Nearby cities: Canterbury
Nearby towns: Broadstairs, Deal, Dover, Minster, Ramsgate
Nearby villages: Barfreston, Birchington, Chillenden, Chislet, Coldred, East Stourmouth, Eastry, Elmstone, Elvington, Eythorne, Garlinge, Goodnestone, Great Mongeham, Grove, Grove Ferry, Kingsgate, Knowlton, Manston, Martin, Ramsgate, Reculver, Ringwould, Ripple, Sarre, Shepherdswell, Sholden, St. Nicholas at Wade, St. Peters, Staple, Tilmanstone, Waldershare, Walmer, West Langdon, West Stourmouth, Westgate on Sea, Wingham, Womenswold
Have you decided to visit Sandwich or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Sandwich bed and breakfast (a Sandwich B&B or Sandwich b and b)
- a Sandwich guesthouse
- a Sandwich hotel (or motel)
- a Sandwich self-catering establishment, or
- other Sandwich accommodation