Romney Marsh is renowned for its rural historic churches. There are fourteen scattered across the Marsh, with St Thomas à Becket at Fairfield the most iconic. With beautiful photo opportunities and lovely walks, the churches attract many visitors. Within the village there is the wonderful St Nicholas Norman church. The church originally stood at the harbourside but is now a mile from the coast, and its entrances are several feet below ground level. The church is also notable for the boat hooks still evident on the side walls.
New Romney, Sandwich, Dover and Hastings united in the 11th-century as the original Cinque Ports. Nearby there is the diminutive Sandgate Castle built by Henry VIII built in 1539. A chain of sturdy Napoleonic Martello Towers, stretch from Folkestone to Sussex,
On the other side of Folkestone the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne honours the men who fought the Battle of Britain.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a short drive from the Park and lies in the heart of St Mary in the Marsh, next to the local public house, The Star, and a few houses. Edith Nesbit’s grave in St Mary in the Marsh’s churchyard bears a wooden grave marker. There is also a memorial plaque to her inside the church. https://theromneymarsh.net/stmarythevirgin
Situated on the edge of Romney Marsh just a few miles from the sea, Rye is about 25 minutes away and is the perfect place from which to explore diverse natural landscapes on foot, by bicycle or boat. Almost unchanged for hundreds of years you can lose yourself in history as you tread the cobbled streets of Rye and there are beautiful shops and tea-shops to visit.
Keen walkers will note that Rye is bypassed by the Saxon Shore Way linking Gravesend in north Kent round the coastline to Hastings in East Sussex.
Rye Harbour is a picturesque village and moorings near the Kent and Sussex border. It is home to a large wildlife reserve and has a busy yachting centre, a fishing fleet and some commercial shipping. The village has a lifeboat station with a long and noble history, two public houses and a village shop.
Although called Camber Castle, the 16th century fort is actually situated between Rye Harbour and Winchelsea. At the time of construction, the site was a shingle spit offering protection to Rye Bay and the approaches to the local towns. The area has since silted up over time and is now situated inland. Camber Castle opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the summer months. English Heritage Site.
For a great family day out in Kent, visit Dover Castle! Immerse yourself in the dramatic new visitor experience, Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk, open now to visitors. Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs of Dover.
Explore the darkly atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels now with a vivid recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage. Enjoy a colourful contrast with the richly-furnished Great Tower, where costumed actors introduce medieval life at King Henry II’s court. With exciting exhibitions, winding tunnels to explore, ghosts to hunt out – and of course restaurants, shops and the space for youngsters to run around – an action-packed, great value day out awaits!
English Heritage Site.
Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle perfect for a day out. There is a historic moated castle, glorious gardens, playgrounds, birds of prey displays and events through the year.
Tickets to Leeds Castle are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you can visit the castle and grounds as many times as you like.
Just a short train or cycle ride away, the Old Lighthouse is an Historic Grade 11 building, listed in 1992 by Shepway District Council, recently celebrating its centenary. Opened with great ceremony by His Royal Majesty the Prince of Wales in 1904 after a 3 year build, it survived two world wars before decommission in 1960. For 56 years it provided a welcome land light to vessels negotiating the perils of the English Channel.
The lighthouse has been closed for a while but is re-opening Easter 2013 so will be well worth a look –
go along on a clear day and climb the steps for a great panoramic view of the beach and of the surrounding marsh.
A short walk from the lighthouse you can cross the marsh behind the light railyway station and walk over to the freshwater lakes for a days course fishing or across to the beach for some of the countries best sea angling.