The Castle (or Tankerton Towers) has recently had a £3 million refurbishment and is now managed by the Whistable Castle Trust. It is a venue with beautiful grounds at the end of Whitstable beach and at the top of Tankerton Hill.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
We often end up in the castle (more miniature castle) grounds with our young children. There are often antiques fairs in the castle grounds which are always interesting to wander round. During the Whitstable Oyster Festival, there are free events for children in and around the Castle too.
There is a refurbished play area for children containing; a Pirate Ship, swing, roundabout, interactive items such as sandpits and water feature, a cafe and many events and community activities in the castle itself. The castle also hosts a popular Easter Egg hunt and Scarecrow Festival. During the summer, Whitstable Brass hold free open air concerts on the top terrace.
Address: Tower Hill, Whitstable CT5 2BW.
Playground: There is a lovely little playpark with a ship to climb on, roundabout, swings, etc.
Cafe: The cafe is fine for lunch with a good selection of food (and cakes).
Toilets: Yes, next door to the fabulous outdoor playground with wheelchair accessible loos available too.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The ground floor cafe and grounds are fully accessible.
Parking: There is a small free car park but it’s small so pot luck if you get a space. Lots of free on street car parking around though if you don’t get into the car park.
Nearest station: Whitstable Rail.
Phone: 01227 281726.
The gardens are the main attraction here, with Dan and his team winning the Green Flag several years in a row. Every year, a section is redesigned, meaning that visitors keep coming back.
They say: ‘In the gardens you will see a large variety of established plants which have been grown here since the gardens were first laid out in the 1780’s. Some plants came from trips abroad by the owners of the house. Mature oak trees line the Gate House drive. The rose garden is planted with roses and other climbers, with beautiful scents filling the air as you wander under the pergola admiring the restored central fountain. On the lower terrace you will find borders filled with many varieties of plants. Seating is provided throughout to allow you to rest and take in the views and fresh sea air. Just a short walk from the main Castle is the Castle Tea Gardens, with lush herbaceous borders and terraced lawns, once again with glorious views out to sea across the Thames Estuary to the Isle of Sheppey and beyond, to the Essex coastline’.
Review by Anna Townsend.