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More about Sittingbourne and the Surrounding Area


At the heart of Sittingbourne's long shop-lined, attractively paved high street is a jolly bronze bargeman. That's because Sittingbourne, and the older adjacent Milton Regis, were barge making towns. So visit the Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum to smell a flavour of the past.

Swale men also made paper and bricks in these parts - and still do on a reduced scale. Milton Creek and the Swale provided both transport and power. Periwinkle Mill - for which there is a long term restoration and museum plan - is just one example of the old water power.

The Court Hall Museum is housed in a medieval building at the end of Milton's historic high street. Like Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, it tells a fascinating story of the local industrial past and everyday life. And, fun for all the family, a ride on Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway gives you another perspective on paper making because the line runs from one mill to the other.

Don't miss Sittingbourne's rural backdrop either. Nearby are beautiful Kentish villages such as Tunstall, Upchurch and Rodmersham. Thatched roofs, centuries-old churches and atmospheric pubs are surrounded by orchards and peacefully grazing sheep.

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