48 Hours in Faversham and Surrounding Villages - Itinerary Suggestions
Enjoy all that Kent's oldest market town has to offer, Faversham, which is recorded in the Domesday book is located on a winding creek and boasts some 400 listed buildings. It has been dubbed the county's 'Market Town of Kings', because of its links to Royalty for over more than a thousand years.
Faversham and the surrounding villages provide a warm welcome with a range of interesting places to visit and plenty to see and do. You will also find a selection of accommodation and food and drink to meet your tastes in Faversham. Time your visit to coincide with one of Faversham's unique events or festivals including the annual Faversham Hop Festival, just check out the what's on listings for Faversham.
The first thing to experience is a Faversham Town Guided Walk with one of the knowledgeable local Faversham Society Guides. Discover the true stories of the Saints, Monarchs, murderers and the good kind people who lived in the town. They will take you through one of the finest medieval streets in the country, passing England's oldest brewery and on to the Parish Church of St.Mary of Charity.
Faversham and surrounding villages offer local produce (Macknade Fine Foods) , products, unique experiences and fantastic attractions you simply have to stay more than one day to do them all.
More local tourist information can be found on the Visit Faversham website, in person at the Faversham Visitor Information Centre part of the Fleur de Lis Museum or by calling 01795 534542. Faversham Town Council and the Faversham Area Tourism Association has produced a Faversham Visitor Guide, which can be downloaded as a pdf file. Why not sign up to their Faversham visitor e-newsletter to receive regular updates on events and places to visit in and around the Faversham area of Swale.
The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Faversham's 'Tardis' bursting with history ad stimulating exhibitions in the gallery is a must to in Faversham. Follow the 'Faversham Story' over generations and the development of the town and its people.
Follow your visit with a well deserved cup of tea or coffee and a snack in one of the quality cafes or restaurants. Other heritage sites include: Chart Gunpowder Mills, Maison Dieu at Ospringe, Oare Gunpowder Country Park and National Shrine of St.Jude - all very important sites in Faversham.
The Market Place is the 'heart of the town' is your next stop to explore the shopping offer and range of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and Chartered Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in Faversham.
Take a stroll down to Creek Creative and enjoy the latest exhibition and artwork. Stop by the Alexander Centre in Preston Street which regularly hosts events, activities and entertainment.Take in a film at The Royal Cinema or a show at The Arden Theatre. If exercise takes your fancy, go for a swim at Faversham Pools or visit Abbey Physic Community Garden
Faversham is a magical destination for walks and walking holidays, with some ideally located fine food and drink on the way as you enjoy some of the county's best scenery. Much of the area south of Faversham is in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while to the north are nature reserves (Oare Marshes Nature Reserve) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
A small journey outside Faversham will take you to some of the beautiful gardens, fruit orchards and houses of interest to visit. These places include: Belmont House and Gardens, Mount Ephraim Gardens and Brogdale Fruit Collections.
Discover the history of brewing at the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre. A guided tour will take you around the brewery to explain about the process of brewing, finished with a tasting to quench that thirst you built up walking. The Old Brewery Store is also a great venue for occasions and entertainment so do check out what is on.
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
Macknades Fine Foods
Jittermugs Coffee Shop
Palace Farm Hostel
Chart Gunpowder Mills
The Alexander Centre
Grain Store Studio
West Faversham Community Centre
The Arden Theatre
The Plough Inn
The Sun Inn