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Sandwich is a village in Kent. Lord Sandwich is noted for the 'creation' of the sandwich snack.
The High Speed Line operated by South Eastern trains has an hourly service from London St. Pancras and Stratford International stations direct to Sandwich railway station: journey time 90 minutes, and the route operates 7 days a week. It is a 10 minute leisurely walk into town, crossing the old Town Moat, beside the 11th Century Delf Stream and down New Street (new in the 15th century!), past Thomas Paine's house to the Guildhall. The trains also serve Ashford, Dover and Ramsgate.
Stagecoach bus services 13 and 14 from Canterbury at least every 30 minutes, and a 25 minute journey through pleasant villages to the Guildhall. Hourly bus from Ramsgate and Dover.
National cycle route no. 1 and Regional cycle route 15.
By car, A256/7/8 from Canterbury & London, Thanet and Dover. Pay for parking behind the Guildhall, opposite the King's Arms pub on Strand Street and at the Quay: very limited free parking. Then walk! Many medieval streets are narrow, and one way!
Walk, it is a small town. Many medieval streets are narrow and one way only, and there are many pedestrian only lanes. Some pavements are narrow, and there can be challenges for wheelchair users. You'll get the best impression of the town on foot or bicycle.
Strand Street - one of England's best preserved half-timbered streets
The High Street - elegant Georgian facades on the front of much older medieval Hall houses
Do a town walk - either using the Tourist office's town walk map (download or collect from the office), or a walk around the ramparts (earthen only, plus stretches of moat), but a very pleasant 2 hours viewing all the town. Even better, if you are in a group, contact the tourist office a few days in advance and see if a tour led by a town guide can be arranged - there is a small fee to pay the historic society's guiding costs. But what a way to learn about one of Britain's best preserved medieval towns. Visit the refurbished museum (re-opening May 2017) and see the Town's own original Magna Carta (now restored), and, even rarer, the contemporaneous Charter of the Forests. Stroll along the quay, and under the Barbican arch see the tolls charged for the bridge (until the 1970s) including charges for livestock, road tractors and carriages. Then walk along to the Fishergate where St Thomas of Canterbury passed, as well as Richard the Lionheart. Lots of eateries (and pubs) nearby. Look at one of England's best preserved half-timbered streets - Strand Street. Climb the tower of St Peter's church and see the rooftop panorama of a medieval town
Many cafés in the town centre, catering for a range from national chains to very personal places such as Goats that Dance or Scrumalicious. Two Thai restaurants, an Indian restaurant, typical eateries such as the Bell Hotel, and a range of places along the quay, as well as a kebab/pizza joint near the Guildhall. Three fish and chip outlets e.g Ossies or Papas. Many (but not all of the pubs) do food as well.
There are 10 pubs, ranging from Gastropubs such as the King's Arms and the George and Dragon, to wine bars such as Rosa's Vinarium, two good pubs on the Quay (The Admiral Owen and the St Christopher) and traditional pubs such as the Red Cow or the Market Inn. Have a look at one of the UK pub guides before you travel, then come and enjoy!