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Castle and GardensDating back to the 1790s, WhitstableCastle and Gardens has been home tolocal merchants and dignitaries,remaining a landmark attractionthroughout its history. With stunninggardens overlooking Whitstable Bay,highlights include a homemade menuavailable in the Orangery Tea Room,Castle roof garden, pirate-themed areafor children and beautiful gardens. Withfree entry this folly is a 'must see'attraction for everyone visiting the town. Tel: 01227 281 726Web: www.whitstablecastle.co.ukEmail: info@whitstablecastle.co.ukMuseum and Art GalleryDiscover local stories of seaside, floods,the world's first passenger steam railway,shopping, industries and newspapercartoon characters Pip, Squeak andWilfred, plus memorabilia of famousresident Peter Cushing. Visit the artgallery to see one of the specialexhibitions.Located in Oxford Street.Tel: 01227 276 998Web: www.canterbury-museums.co.ukEmail: museums@canterbury.gov.ukWhitstable Oyster YawlFor more than 250 years sailing craftknown as oyster yawls dredged foroysters to remove predators and keepthem clean. 'Favourite' is one of sixoyster yawls left and the only one basedin Whitstable. She is a much loved partof the street scene in Island Wall nearthe disappeared shipyards, sail makersand forges once built on the beach. Web: www.favourite.org.uk12www.canterbury.co.ukWhitstableWhitstable HarbourWhitstable Harbour was constructed in1831 and has an interesting historywhich includes diving, shipbuilding,ship owning, fishing and world-widetrade. Learn more about this fullyworking harbour by taking a stroll andstopping at the information boardscovering topics such as water sports, the wind farm, wildlife, aggregatesimporting and fishing.Tel: 01227 274 086Web: www.whitstableharbour.org

Whitstable TownThames Sailing BargeBuilt in 1892 in Essex, Greta spendsthe summer months chartering from the south quay of Whitstable Harbouraround the Thames Estuary Forts andwind farm, taking in views of the Herne Bay and Whitstable coastline.Alternatively you can enjoy a gentle sail up the River Swale where you may spot seals. Tel: 0771 1657 919Web: www.greta1892.co.ukEmail: steve@greta1892.co.ukSwimming Pool and GymConveniently located on Whitstable'sglorious beach and just a few minuteswalk from the historic town and harbour,this friendly, sunny centre has a largefamily pool, training pool and a wellequipped gym. Open to the public 364 days a year from 7am with laneswimming, aqua classes, family fun time and special events available.Tel: 01227 772 442Web:www.activelifeltd.co.ukSports CentreManaged in partnership with theCommunity College Whitstable, thisimpressive centre boasts a brand newgym, sports halls, dance studios,climbing wall, party rooms and more.During school holidays, half terms andweekends the centre is open to thepublic every day and during term timesit is open to the public every evening and weekend. Tel: 01227 274 394Web: www.activelifeltd.co.ukThe historic side of Whitstable is stillvery much present today via its networkof alleyways which were ideal escaperoutes for smugglers in the late 1700s.For those that love their shopping,Whitstable is a must with numerousindependent boutiques, arts, crafts andgift shops as well as a variety ofrestaurants and caf├ęs, all offering goodold-fashioned service.www.canterbury.co.uk13Whitstable