A few of our favourite things to do
To enjoy the sights of Sandwich, you don’t have to go far from The Salutation. Our quayside location leads you straight to the River Stour, where the daily River Bus can take you seal spotting. The Roman Fort at Richborough, sited within the East Kent marshes on the outskirts of Sandwich, is one of the most symbolically important Roman sites in the UK. Founded in AD43 on the mouth of the River Stour, it was the site of the Claudian Invasion, and later a large civilian settlement.
Deal old-town is 10 minutes drive away, with an award-winning high street packed with independent stores selling antiques, local produce and homewares. Visit the Bake House to pick up a fresh cake or two. Try organic food at Poppy’s, a glass of wine at the friendly Le Pinardier, or a local beer at micropub The Just Reproach. The Saturday market sells antiques, flowers and plants. Walmer Castle, with its beautiful gardens and beachside location is a perfect spot from which to enjoy a stroll.
Fifteen minutes away, Broadstairs is full of nostalgic seaside charm. Dubbed ‘Breezy Broadstairs’ in an 1897 tourist booklet, this delightful little town has long been considered a healthy and agreeable place to stay. Something to do with the fresh air and a perfectly sandy main bay. Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday spot, you can visit Bleak House, an imposing cliff-top building where he penned David Copperfield. Atop of the cliffs at Viking Bay is Morelli’s, a 1950’s ice-cream parlour serving gelato & sundaes. The Dickens Festival, Folk Week and the Food Festival all make an appearance in the summer months.
Margate is in the midst of a cultural renaissance, just take our word for it. With its traditional seaside charm, and the Old Town’s independent shops and coffee houses, it’s a perfect spot to while away a few hours. Visit the internationally acclaimed Turner Gallery, Dreamland, and RG Scotts antique market. Dev Biswal’s The Ambrette serves modern Indian cuisine with foraged seaweed and local game.
The best of the rest
Oysters and local beer on Whitstable seafront
Wood-fired pizza at The Deal Hoy
Take the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway to the lighthouse at Dungeoness
We would be happy to help you plan your stay in more detail, whether that’s offering suggestions, or making reservations on your behalf.