Take a train to Sheppey and discover Kent’s treasure island, with miles of beautiful beaches, charming seaside towns, great pubs, a host of fun family-friendly activities and a rich heritage to explore. Cut off from the rest of Kent by the Swale tidal channel and estuary, Sheppey is also renowned for its birdwatching and its ancient fossil beds. It’s a great place to get away from it all, just over an hour from London.
Getting here: Trains to Sittingbourne from St Pancras take under an hour. From Sittingbourne travel to Sheerness-on-Sea in 20 minutes.
Head to the traditional seaside resort of Leysdown-on-Sea for some old-fashioned family fun. It’s got everything you need for the quintessential seaside break - from amusement arcades, fish and chips and ice cream, to a sandy beach that stretches for miles with shallow water perfect for paddling in… and when the night draws in there’s even a cabaret.
Take a tour around Sheppey to discover the island’s surprisingly rich history. Start at the Blue Town Heritage Centre in Sheerness to learn all about Sheppey’s fascinating maritime past. Nearby you can also visit the Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum.
Sheppey is a bird watcher’s paradise, thanks to the low-lying marshes that cling to the estuary, and even if you’re not a twitcher there’s plenty of lovely countryside to explore. Head to the Swale National Nature Reserve near Shellness for unspoilt beaches that are home to rare butterflies and lots of birdlife.
If you’re looking for an activity-packed adventure spend the day at Barton’s Point Coastal Park near Sheerness, a lovely spot for crab-hunting and fishing, that also counts a model steam railway, a pitch and putt course and a boating lake for canoeing, kayaking and even aqua zorbing amongst its attractions. Also in Sheerness you’ll find the Isle of Sheppey sailing club.
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