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The Fleur de Lis Hotel

6-8 Delf Street, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9BZ, United Kingdom
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Local Area

Local Area

The Medieval town of Sandwich is well known as one of the first historical Cinque Ports, which was in Norman times responsible for supplying the King with men and ships. Nowadays, landscape shifts render Sandwich two miles inland, but the legacy of the Cinque Ports has left Sandwich with some impressive landmarks and an unsinkable heritage. The streets are lined with Tudor black and white timber buildings, which lend Sandwich a character only found in this historical town. The Guildhall and Town Wall, The Butts, the Ropewalk, Millwall, the Bulwarks, Fishergate, the Barbican and Toll Bridge over the River Stour are all redolent of its historical wealth and importance. Perfect for exploring, whatever the weather.

The Guildhall Museum

The Guildhall Museum is a listed building and tells the story of Sandwich from early medieval times. There are many well-designed illustrative panels relating to the town's history with artifacts dating back to the 13th century.

Sandwich Bay Observatory

The Sandwich Bay Observatory is located on the Kent coastline in the Sandwich and Hacklinge SSSI, the large floodplain of the River Stour that nestles between the White Cliffs of Dover to the south and the Isle of Thanet to the north. It is the base for the ongoing work of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, which has been recording all aspects of the wildlife of Sandwich Bay for over 50 years. There is a programme of weekly events for members and non-members including walks.

Sandwich Coarse Fishery

A great centre for any budding fisherman, Sandwich Coarse Fishery has six coarse fishing lakes each of which have a wide range of fish, including bream and perch, and several species of carp. They also offer lessons and night fishing which is available to book.

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre

White Mill was built in 1760 and still has most of its original wooden machinery. The Museum is housed in the Miller's Cottage, which was built in the 1830s, and in other buildings surrounding the mill. There are exhibits of farming and craft tools, kitchen and laundry equipment, plus a Wheelwright's workshop and a Blacksmith's workshop complete with forge.

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

Evocatively sited amid the East Kent marshes, Richborough is perhaps the most symbolically important of all Roman sites in Britain, witnessing both the beginning and almost the end of Roman rule here. Explore the huge stonewalls which mark the site of this Saxon Shore fortress and take a look at the fascinating museum.

Canterbury

If you are visiting Kent, then a trip to the beautiful city of Canterbury is a must. Experience its history and heritage, stunning architecture and world famous buildings such as the breathtaking cathedral. The city also has a great range of high street and specialist stores.

Deal Castle

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Deal Castle is one the finest artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts. You can easily spend a day exploring the castle, its grounds and the surrounding area.

Dover Castle

Open all year round, and spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs of Dover, this magnificent castle has guarded our shores from invasion for 20 centuries. 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.

Walmer Castle

Another in the line of castle built under the command of Henry VIII, this castle is rich in heritage and history. Many well-known historical characters have taken residence within the castle, including Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the Duke of Wellington. In recent years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a frequent visitor of Walmer Castle. Spend a day exploring the castle and its magnificent grounds and gardens.

Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park is a must for fun and excitement for all the family. Packed with hundreds of different species of wildlife, it is a great place for children to learn more about the animal kingdom and the importance of preserving it.

Quex Park

Home to some of the most beautiful gardens in Kent, Quex Park has acres of perfectly landscaped grounds where you can spend hours simply meandering around its lawns, herbaceous borders, ponds, woodland walkways and Victorian Walled Gardens. It is also the home of the historical Quex House, of which some of its marvellous rooms are open to the public in the summer months. Also on its grounds is the Powell-Cotton Museum, which exhibits the large collection of trophies gathered by Percy Powell-Cotton on hunting trips in Africa, India and Tibet.

The Turner Contemporary

The Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts exhibition centre that showcases some of the most talented artists in modern and contemporary art. The Turner Contemporary aims to make art more open, fulfilling and relevant for all, so it is well worth visiting its current exhibitions.

 
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