Trains to Whitstable first started running in the early 1830s, transporting passengers and freight between Whitstable on the north Kent coast and Canterbury, around six miles away. The line became popular with people wanting to visit the seaside and enjoy Whitstable’s famous seafood, earning it the nickname the Crab and Winkle Railway. Since then, the town has had five different stations in various locations and of different names. The current Whitstable station opened in 1914 and is on the Chatham Main Line, which runs between Ramsgate in East Kent and London Victoria.
It’s just over half a mile from the station to the harbour and seafront. The seafood industry is still an important part of the town’s economy and social life, something that’s celebrated each year with the summer Oyster Festival. Watersports, walking and shopping also draw visitors to the area from the rest of Kent and beyond.