Standing at the mouth of the
River Swale, Whitstable is both a curiosity and a
delightful seaside town, the destination for
numerous yachtsmen, surfers, sun-seekers and
lovers of fresh seafood.
Famous for its oysters – the town stages an Oyster Festival each year – it holds three records: its working harbour built in 1832 served the world’s first-ever passenger-carrying railway (the ‘Crab and Winkle Line’ closed in the 1950s and is now a walkway), its golf clubhouse is reputed to be the oldest anywhere and it was here that the diving helmet was invented.