Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the coastal Kent village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes’ journey from both towns by car or bus – or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride – you’ll find award winning beaches with long views over the English Channel, a high street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of restaurants – eateries include traditional fish and chips, Mexican, tapas, traditional British restaurants and pub food – and cosy bars as well as small, independent shops.
Sandgate village also has fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of invasion by Napoleon and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village: from H G Wells to William Wilberforce, Hattie Jacques and many more.
The buildings of the village reflect this rich heritage with over one hundred and twenty Grade II listed properties including ancient monuments (Martello Towers), two conservation areas covering a large part of the parish combined with two miles of coast and steep wooded hills to provide an unique environment to visit, live and work in (with London less than an hour away by train from Folkestone).
The parish has over two miles of beach and the council is proud to hold the Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy group for meeting the highest standards of cleanliness for the last five years (2013-17).
In 2017 Sandgate boasts the only beach in Shepway to hold the Seaside Award.