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Kent's Coast

Home to the host venue of The Open Championship 2011, Kent’s extensive and varied coastline encompasses some stunning landscapes from the White Cliffs of Dover to the mysterious and haunting landscapes of Dungeness and the Romney Marshes

Kent's dramatic 350 mile stretch of coastline boasts some of the finest heritage sites in the country, Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and the magnificent White Cliffs to name but a few. You can even travel through the ages, from the Bronze Age, through to the Romans at Richborough and Reculver, the medieval streets of Sandwich, Margate’s Georgian old town, the Edwardian elegance of Folkestone, the Victorian charm of Broadstairs and the relaxed ambience of Herne Bay, Deal and Hythe all within a stone’s throw of championship links courses and inland parkland courses of merit.

Kent’s coast is abundant with cultural activities that make a break away from golf a real pleasure. Explore Folkestone’s buzzing Creative Quarter, Margate’s new Turner Contemporary Art Gallery and the New Marlowe Theatre in the heart of the world renowned city of Canterbury both due to open in 2011.

Canterbury Visitor Centre
12-13 Sun Street, The Buttermarket,
Canterbury, CT1 2HX
Tel: 01227 378100
Email: canterburyinformation

Discover Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh
20 Bouverie Place Shopping Centre,
Folkestone, CT20 1AU
Tel: 01303 258594

Margate Visitor Information Centre
12-13 The Parade, Margate, CT9 1EY
Tel: 01843 577577

Dover Visitor Information Centre
Old Town Gaol, Biggin St,
Dover, CT16 1DL
Tel: 01304 205108

The balmy microclimate makes for perfect lazy summer days lounging in a secluded cove (the Isle of Thanet has 15 award-winning beaches to choose from), or for some high energy sports like surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, kite surfing, there is a beach just for you.

Throughout the summer, festivals take place every weekend and the towns buzz with life: the main beaches are packed; galleries, boutiques and cafés throb with visitors. Eating alfresco at a fresh fish restaurant or pavement cafe is a must, taking in the views of the cosmopolitan marina at Ramsgate or watching the sunset across the harbour at Whitstable or Margate.

In stark contrast is the Romney Marsh, famed for its emptiness, its sweeping skies and sense of solitude. Even on a bright winter's day, cobweb-clearing walks along the windswept sands, taking in the bleak beauty of Dungeness – the only place in the UK classified as a desert – make this world-beating landscape with world class golf. To book your stay on Kent’s coast contact one of the centre’s below or visit

Kent Garden of England

Reproduced with kind permission of KOS Media Ltd and Visit Kent. For further information, go to and


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