it is a coastal town in Northeast Kent, aprox. 90 km from London (reached by train within an hour) and 8km from Canterbury with famous Canterbury Tales. It is part of the City of Canterbury district and has a population of about 30,000.
We can find here one of the oldest railways in England since 1830. The railway has since closed but the harbour still plays an important role in the town's economy.
For many people, Whitstable is a synonymn for oysters and a very famous Oyster Festival. It takes place annualy in Juny in town and mostly in harbor. Freshly caught shellfish are available throughout the year at several seafood restaurants and pubs in the town and are served with champagne.
Beaches are full of small stones... and windbreakers - because of the strong wind blowing from the sea. Off the coast of Whitstable is a windfarm, consisting of 30 wind turbines, each 140 metres high, providing enough electricity to power 70,000 households.
There are a lot of traditional shops, restaurants, where you can eat oysters throughout the year.
Whitstable Castle is situated on the border of Whitstable and the suburb of Tankerton. It was originally built as an octagonal tower in 1789 by Charles Pearson, the owner of a copperas company in the town and a future investor in the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway. In 1836 the house (further called as Tankerton Tower), was bought by London businessman Wynn Ellis, who by 1842 had added a west wing, a bell tower and a lodge. The building had become known as Tankerton Castle by 1897, more common known as Whistable Castle.
WTA - Whitstable Twinning Association was established in 1983. Roger Annable and Gillian Godley are the main coordinators for Partner Towns. Thanks to them, and their visits and emails and calls, Ricany refresh its partner activities. The contact person for Ricany is Mrs. Gillian Godley.
Other information about Whitstable can be found e.g. in Wikipedia
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