Before we had a standing Navy these ancient ports provided ships in return for tax concessions. Start from Dover and make for Bekesbourne before arriving on the coast at fun filled Margate. Take in the sea air at Broadstairs and Ramsgate before tracing the coast back towards Sandwich and enjoying the views at Deal before arriving back at Dover.
Explore the White Cliffs of Dover, Britain’s gateway to Europe. Visit Dover Castle, home to Secret Wartime Tunnels, that overlook the town below. Or maybe spend some time in one of the museums – Dover Museum, Dover Transport Museum or the Roman Painted House.
Just a few miles from Canterbury the little village of Bekesbourne historically linked to the cinque port of Hastings and enjoying many of the privileges is also home to the many endangered species that reside at Howletts Wild Animal Park. On the way see the Fredville Oak considered the best in the UK.
A timeless seaside resort, you can stroll the sandy beach at Margate and visit Dreamland, home to historic rides and side shows. Relax and tour the internationally famous Turner Contemporary. Enjoy the café culture and maybe take in the Hornby Visitor Centre or Shell Grotto with its shell lined passages.
The seaside town of Broadstairs is full of old world charm where you can wander the sandy bays and beaches or browse the chic shops. Don’t forget to grab an ice cream at one of the retro parlours. Check out one of the galleries or visit Bleak House or the Dickens House Museum.
Five minutes, 41 seconds ahead of GMT the historic cinque port of Ramsgate has its own meridian and is almost another world with its bustling marina and vibrant atmosphere. Visit the Maritime Museum, explore the history of the home computer at The Micro Museum or check out the Ramsgate Tunnels.
See Sandwich through the ages at the local Guildhall museum and ancient courtroom. Wander the Salutation Gardens or visit The White Mill Rural Heritage Centre, housed in a 1760 windmill. Slightly further afield is Rutupiae – Richborough Roman Fort.
Explore the history of Deal with Deal Castle built during Henry VIII’s reign, the Tudor Walmer Castle and Gardens and the museum of time and maritime communications at Timeball Tower on the seafront where the telescopes provide great views over the downs.