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Exploring Whitstable

With 30 beautiful bedrooms and an enviable sea-side location, The Marine Hotel is an ideal base for exploring Whitstable and its nearby attractions.

Whitstable itself is renowned for its seafood - particularly its oysters - as well as its harbour, built in 1832. It remains a fascinating insight into the town’s heritage, and today hosts a prosperous fish market.

Every July there is the popular Oyster Festival, which attracts visitors from all over the world, while August’s two-day Regatta includes fun, music, displays and seaborne events for all the family. The Regatta’s Grand Firework Display is a truly impressive sight - best viewed from the Tankerton Slopes, directly in front of the Marine Hotel. Grab a glass of something cold and delicious and watch the spectacle from our gorgeous garden pub. 

The town also features a museum, art galleries, independent boutique shops and a former manor house, which features a coffee shop and beautiful gardens. Whitstable is only a 20-minute drive to Canterbury, and 90 minutes by train from London.

Canterbury Cathedral


Canterbury's skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England. The ancient ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church form Canterbury's UNESCO World Heritage Site, while other ancient ruins such as the Castle are reminders of the city's history, heritage and culture.

Although Canterbury is a place steeped in tradition, it is also a modern and vibrant city - with its multiple universities and colleges ensuring there’s always a buzz about the place. For those who have a yearning for some retail therapy, Canterbury's array of shop windows beckon with a kaleidoscope of colours, inviting you to sample what's on offer. 

It’s the perfect place to pound the pavements and explore, before heading back to our tranquil boutique hotel in Whitstable to recuperate with a delicious dinner.

Canterbury Cathedral website

Marlow Theatre website

Howletts Wild Animal Park website