Spotlight on Sandwich, Kent

Winding streets, quaint shops and charming pubs, Sandwich has everything one might expect of a quintessential English town. Located on the River Stour, Sandwich is widely recognised as one of the best-preserved medieval spots in the country; a visit will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time…

What to do

Sandwich has a fantastic range of family-friendly attractions. For history enthusiasts, a trip to the Guildhall Museum is well worth a visit with local artefacts dating back to Roman times. If a peaceful meander around landscaped gardens and a homemade cream tea is more your style, then the recently restored Secret Gardens of Sandwich should be top of your list. Alternatively, Sandwich has a range of local wildlife spots that include the Gazen Salts Nature Reserve and the Monks Wall Nature Reserve – the latter of which was opened by Bill Oddie in 2000. You can even rest your legs by hopping onto a riverboat tour where you might spot a seal or two!

Where to eat

Sandwich has plenty of great eateries. If a charming traditional pub is what you’re after, then head to the Kings Arms Restaurant & Bar, which serves a great range of fresh locally-caught fish. The Crispin Inn and The New Inn both serve delicious, home-cooked food and a warm and inviting setting. International cuisine is also on offer, including Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Tan Bueno, both serving mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes. For something lighter, the town has a great selection of cafés and tea rooms.

Getting around

Sandwich railway station offers routes to London St Pancras in just one hour and 27 minutes. A National Express service is also available for journeys to Victoria coach station and a Gatwick Express train to the airport. Nearby towns Canterbury, Deal, Dover and Thanet are also within easy reach by rail or car.

Education, education, education

The town has a range of top-performing schools in the area, including Sandwich Junior School and Sir Roger Manwood’s School for children aged 11 to 18, both of which have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Where to live? Montagu Place

Ten minutes’ walk from the town centre, Montagu Place offers a stylish range of three and four-bedroom family homes, with prices starting from just £357,500. Help to Buy is also available on this development. For more information visit the Montagu Place site page.