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Discover Kent with Whitstable holiday lets

Fringed by shingle, sand and colourful weatherboard houses, Whitstable offers a quintessentially British seaside experience. Spend your time basking on the sunny beach, strolling along the old-fashioned High Street and enjoying a bounty of fresh seafood. Planning a getaway to South East England? From romantic seaside cottages to breezy family-sized beach homes, Whitstable holiday rentals promise a unique stay in one of Kent's signature seaside resorts.

History

Historic attractions near your Whitstable holiday rental

The cathedral city of Canterbury, just 20 minutes from Whitstable, is reminiscent of a medieval fairy tale. It's anchored by Canterbury Cathedral, a magnificent place of worship that's been welcoming pilgrims since the Middle Ages. After you're done gazing up at the Gothic façade, venture inside to walk down the soaring nave, admire the stained-glass windows and descend into the cavernous crypt.

Things to do

Sun-drenched beach days with Whitstable holiday cottages

Shingle, sand and shallow water make Whitstable Beach ideal for swimming, sunbathing and picnics. For a traditional bucket-and-space day out, head to nearby Broadstairs, where you'll find a string of sandy beaches. If beach access is a priority, snap up one of the Whitstable holiday cottages strung along the coast. From early morning yoga sessions to sunset drinks, you'll enjoy round-the-clock ocean views.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Whitstable

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Whitstable a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dreamland (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Royal St George's Golf Club (16 mi / 25.7 km)
  • Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Boughton Golf Club (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (7.7 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Faversham Golf Club (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Whitstable

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Whitstable

Travellers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches, which is just a taste of what Whitstable has to offer. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Whitstable. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whitstable Beach (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Tankerton Beach (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Herne Bay Central Beach (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Mount Ephraim Gardens (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Westgate Gardens (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Herne Bay East Beach (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Whitstable

The nearest airport is in Manston (MSE-Kent Intl.), located 14.3 mi (23 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into London (SEN-Southend), which is 20.7 mi (33.3 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Whitstable Station or Whitstable Chestfield and Swalecliffe Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Getting around from your Whitstable holiday rental

Whitstable is easy to get around on foot, with the stroll from High Street to the beach taking mere minutes. Rent a bicycle and explore the town on two wheels, or access Canterbury via the scenic Crab and Winkle Way cycle track. Trains will get you from Whitstable to London Victoria in just over 1 hour. A car offers the freedom to explore Kent at your own pace and will also unlock access to secluded holiday cottages in the countryside.

Food & drink 

Savour ocean-fresh seafood in Whitstable

From lobster and sea trout to crab and periwinkle, seafood is considered a staple in Whitstable. For the best oysters in town, snag a table at Wheelers Oyster Bar, a local institution that's been shucking molluscs since 1856. Beer aficionados will love sipping on brews crafted with East Kent Golding, a local hops variety known for its subtle aromas of lemon, thyme and lavender. Enjoy at local pubs or sit down for a relaxing sundowner in the garden of your Whitstable holiday cottage.

Essential info

Essential info for your Whitstable holiday rentals stay

  • Tipping isn't expected, though is always appreciated for excellent service
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to save on plastic and stay hydrated on your beach holiday
  • Pack layers, as Whitstable can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Planning a staycation? With spacious gardens and easy access to some of the UK's best dog-friendly beaches, Whitstable holiday rentals make it easy to bring Fido along
Shopping

Eclectic shopping with Whitstable holiday homes

Strolling along Whitstable's characterful High Street, you'll find yourself peering into colourful galleries, boutique outfitters and artisan chocolatiers. Harbour Street is just as characterful, lined with an eclectic mix of clothing stores, cheesemongers, confectionery shops and more. The atmosphere is infectious, so why not stay local, with Whitstable holiday rentals in the heart of the town centre?

Where to stay around Whitstable?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 387 holiday lettings near Whitstable. From 224 Houses to 79 Cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Whitstable is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Whitstable?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Whitstable. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Whitstable Beach: 976 holiday lettings
  • Whitstable Harbour: 740 holiday lettings
  • Whitstable Chestfield and Swalecliffe Station: 752 holiday lettings
  • Playhouse Theatre Whitstable: 750 holiday lettings
  • Whitstable Station: 992 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Whitstable listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Whitstable?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 224 Houses in Whitstable. Our other popular types of Whitstable holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 79 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 10 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 79 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Whitstable?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 23 holiday homes with pool available in Whitstable. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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