Near Skara Brae is the manor house or mansion called Skaill House, from the Norwegian medieval name which means farm. It is one of the most important stately homes on the island, built in 1620 by Bishop George Graham. Later it was home to other noble families, among them Graham Watt, who discovered Skara Brae after the famous storm and who began the process of excavation in the area. Today, the house has become a museum thanks to the action of its current owner, a retired military man named Malcom McRae, who decided to convert the house into a museum after losing his only son in the 40's. It is also used for conferences, celebrations, weddings, etc, and is famous for its ghosts. In fact the atmosphere is decidedly peculiar, and visiting the house will make you want to believe the ghost stories!
Nature lovers will be delighted by the small town of Sandwich. A few kilometers from the capital of Kent, Canterbury, and well connected by bus routes, Sandwich is one of the prettiest places in the area, and is surrounded by nature, greenery and trees. The Butts is in the heart of the city, and follows the path of the old city walls. It is one of our favorite places to go for a walk.
Nestled in the small town of Sandwich, a few miles from Canterbury in the direction of Deal, the united Reformed Church is one of the main historical monuments to visit. This building will surprise you with its light blue color, which is rare for a church, especially in a region where red bricks are favored. A church has stood here since the seventeenth century, but this one was rebuilt in 1806.
If there is one store that you shouldn't miss in the pretty little town of Sandwich, Kent, it's this one! The No Name shop, located at the corner of No Name Street, is a little paradise. With a tea room, deli and bakery, we found excellent and reasonably priced bread, quiches and pies. There are typical English crisps in all the flavors you could possibly imagine, as well as some traditional products.
Located in the heart of the town of Sandwich, St Peter's church is one of the main historical monuments to see as you take the foot path through the city. We learned that the original building dated back to the 10th century, but that the church was destroyed by a French attack in the 13th century. It has now been restored and is the main church in the town.
Located in the heart of the small town of Sandwich, formerly a major port city of England, the memorial is one of the main historical monuments. It is actually located at St. Peter's Church (also worth a visit), and pays tribute to the men who fell in the two world wars, as well as those who died in the Falklands and South Korea. The bronzes are relatively well preserved and represent St George and the dragon.
Located a few kilometers from the religious capital of England and the capital of the region of Kent, Canterbury, and well served by bus lines 14 and 15 from the bus station, Sandwich is a pretty little town that deserves a visit if you are staying in the area. Once a major port city, today it is a historic town with well-preserved houses.
Allowing passage across the beautiful river that borders the town of Sandwich, the Barbican is an important historical monument. The first bridge was built here in the eleventh century, and operated as a toll bridge. The bridge that stands today dates back to the eighteenth century, and is quite remarkable.
Facing the beautiful and very old St Mary's Church, the King's Arm is one of the main historical monuments of the town of Sandwich. It is one of the oldest inns in not only the town, but also in the region, and has stood the test of time, history, and the elements, with its beautiful exposed wood framing. We were delighted to discover this incredibly well-preserved building.
Nestled at the end of the High Street in the town of Sandwich, facing the famous King's Arms, St Mary's Church is one of the oldest churches in the city, and one of the most interesting as well. It would have been built by the Normans back in the twelfth century, which explains the presence of the remarkable Romanesque arches on the interior. Rebuilt after the French attacks and earthquake that devastated the city in 1579, it stands proudly today, and shouldn't be missed.
Once a major port city, Sandwich has retained some aspects of its history. We particularly like the small charming streets lined with old houses. The Strand Street is one of the town's main arteries, and home to some of the best-preserved old buildings. Many of the houses in this street contain pieces of the old medieval city walls. A very nice walk, as the street is located at the edge of the beautiful river that runs through Sandwich.
Located in the central square of the village, the pretty castle market is lined with traditional half-timbered houses and buildings, including the Guildhall. Sandwich Market takes place every Thursday morning. There are fresh fruits and vegetables of excellent quality, various stalls selling socks, things for your pets, meat and eggs, and, in the center, a booth run by a very nice Frenchman offering authentic pains au chocolat and apple pies, breads, and a wide selection of excellent French cheeses.
Nestled in the heart of the market square of the town of Sandwich, the Guildhall is one of the main historical monuments to see while you're in town. It is a very old building, dating back to the sixteenth century (the building was built in 1579), which contains a number of objects and documents to help you learn more about the town's history.
In the heart of the charming little town of Sandwich, the oldest buildings can be found in St Thomas' Hospital, which was named in honor of Saint Thomas Becket. The building dates back to the late fourteenth century, and was the work of a wealthy cloth merchant eager to do some good for the community. It has been remodeled several times during its history, but retains parts of the original building.
In the heart of the small but charming town of Sandwich, the Rope Walk has to be one of my favorite places in the region. A pleasant boardwalk today, lovers of nature will be delighted by this old path bordering the ramparts of the walled city.
It's difficult when visiting the sleepy town of Sandwich today, to imagine that this little town was once one of England's busiest ports. Back then, it was full of small streets connecting the center to the sea, and the charming Three Kings Yards is one of them.
To the right of the toll bridge that marks the entrance to the town of Sandwich, the quay is one of our favorite places in this former major port city. It is a path along the river that runs through Sandwich, and offers a quiet, charming walk among green trees. A really nice walk for nature lovers.