A medieval bite into Kent’s ancient history
Yep, believe me when I say Sandwich is an English town and not just a lunchtime snack.
Although the good old sandwich does derive its origins from here.
When the 4th Earl of Sandwich was said to have ordered his valet to bring him some slices of meat, tucked in two slices of bread and "eh voila", it all began.
How to get to Sandwich, Kent
By Train - You can catch a train from London St. Pancras International direct to Sandwich Station, which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.
By Car – Sandwich is 82 miles from London, along wither the A20/M20, or A2/M2, and then a series of further A roads. There are pay & display car parks around town.
Visit Kent’s Cinque PortsDiscover Kent’s nautical past
If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".
You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.
Discover Sandwich’s quayside talesTwinned with a friend in France
Unearth the intriguing architecture of SandwichHistory around every corner
We have a new little book on our shelves that we delve into when we're heading to the coast.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different counties of England. It tells tales of the history of the shoreline that surrounds our country.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves the English seaside.
The Barbican Gate in SandwichPay your dues for crossing the bridge
Explore the streets of SandwichWhere do you discover first?
I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but it was like stepping back in time. There didn’t appear to be one home or building that looked out of place from centuries gone by.
We got such a warm and friendly feel from the place; on three or four occasions, people in their cars stopped in the road to lets us take photos or video.
Strolling The ButtsThe fortification of Sandwich
Sandwich was historically a walled town; it was due to constant enemy invasion that in 1385 Richard II ordered for Sandwich to be protected; therefore, a Bulwark was erected.
As the barricade was constructed of wood, traces of the structure no longer survive. However, there is a pathway along The Butts by the River Delf, which you can stroll along, passing by the cricket pavilion, where the Bulwark would have once been.
Through the winding lanes of SandwichDiscover the different architectural styles
Sandwich Town SquareTake a pew and soak it all in
The Guildhall Museum
In the town centre is open Wednesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 and is free.
You can find out more at their website - Sandwich Guildhall Museum
It’s the little things that make Sandwich specialEspecially its traditional, independent stores
Inspired into creating your own adventure?The planning starts here
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Old Traditions in SandwichRinging the ‘Curfew Bell’
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Escape for a few days
Are you looking for that ‘perfick’ holiday hideaway to relax in while you discover the Garden of England?
After a day exploring the Kent coast and its many historic castles enjoy one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.
The ancient Almshouses in SandwichA little bit more to discover
A Founding Father of AmericaRemembering Thomas Paine
A Blue plaque marks where Thomas once lived along New Street.
One of Thomas Paine’s most significant works was the “Rights of Man” in 1791.
Hiking and cycling around Sandwich
For a perfect stay in KentBase yourself in historic Sandwich
I would definitely encourage you to choose Sandwich as a place to base yourself while you discover other parts of Kent.
From here you could visit Ramsgate, Margate, Dover Castle, Hythe, Deal and Canterbury.
Most of these towns are also accessible by bus from Deal; my parents have first-hand experience of this. They love using the buses as you meander through tiny villages across the Kent countryside.
Where to stay
- The Bell Hotel – The recently refurbished Bell Hotel is located on the quayside in Sandwich. The elegant rooms offer a beautiful, tasteful feel within traditional stylish surroundings
- The Fleur De Lis Hotel – This traditional, comfortable hotel is located within the heart of Sandwich. They offer pleasant rooms, and a full English breakfast is included in the price.
Home of The Royal St George’s Golf ClubA course with a beautiful view
If you’re an avid golfer, then you would have probably heard of Sandwich already, as the Royal St George’s Golf Club is here. The Links club will be hosting The Open Championship in 2021.
Also nearby is Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich and the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal.
The signpost for ‘Ham Sandwich’The quirky side to Kent
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We were literally looking for a day trip down by Dover as we will be driving to England and need a resting stop! Sandwich is really quite cute and I love that the good ole’ sandwich derives from here! #FarawayFiles
It is a really pretty town and most certainly worth a visit. It has lots of character and it’s not too touristy.
Yes it funny about the sandwich, great little snippets of information.
I’m with you! I think the Ham Sandwich sign is funny! Sandwich looks like a lovely and quaint place to visit. I’ll be visiting Kent this summer, and with so much to see and do in I’ll be hard pressed to decide. #farawayfiles
Wow, you’ll list will be long, there are some lovely, towns, castles, cathedrals, villages….I could go on. Have a wonderful time and I hope the sun shines for you.
If you make it to Dover Castle, there’s a Banksy in Dover town you may want to catch.
Me too, with the ham sandwich sign! I love how you’re sharing all of Kent’s seaside towns on the blogs and marvelling how you always seem to have the most wonderful blue skies for your visits. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles
Thanks Clare, it’s amazing how many lovely towns there are along the Kent coastline. The Ham Sandwich sign I believe has been around for years, I don’t think anyone dares to replace it.
Sandwich in Kent is a very nice and historical village Definitely worth paying a visit too. Full of lovely old buildings; and the Barbican Bridge worth seeing.
We love visiting Sandwich it’s such a charming place and like you say full of so many historic buildings. It’s a little different from other towns along that stretch of the Kent coast, it still has a strong community feel about it.