The nearest small town to us is 2 miles away at New Romney. Here is the headquarters of the world famous
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway with one third normal size steam trains.
The trains run either to Greatstone and Dungeness or Dymchurch and Hythe going the other way.
New Romney’s magnificent Norman church was one of the first to be built after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and the church wall was once the edge of the old harbour. There are many shops, restaurants and pubs and also a petrol station.
Another pertrol station is at Brenzett roundabout on the road to Rye.
The medieval village of Rye is about 10 miles away and is a lovely place to visit. Lamb House, Rye Museum in the old prison and St Mary’s Church, to name just a few, are some of the buildings you will see as you wander around the lanes.
A couple of miles further on is Winchelsea, another medieval village but it is very different to, and much less busy, than Rye. The church has wonderful stained glass windows. Both Rye and Winchelsea were, and still are, very popular with artists and authors and a multitude of famous names have lived there.
Hythe has a lovely high street full of quaint, unique shops selling all kinds of things and is only a short walk from the R, H & D Railway station. The crypt of St Leonard’s Church contains one of only two ossuaries (old human bone collections) in the UK.
Romney Marsh has 14 medieval churches plus 3 more on the old islands of Rye, Winchelsea and Oxney. They are all very different and quite unique in character.
At Brookland, just a couple of miles away, St. Augustine’s Church is particularly unusual, with its detached belltower made entirely from wood sitting alongside the church.
There are also ruined churches to be seen, with two not much more than a mile away from us.
The Old Lighthouse at Dungeness offers fantastic panoramic views of Romney Marsh and the English Channel and has interesting information floors on the way up, should you need a rest!
Brenzett Aeronautical Museum houses the Romney Marsh Wartime Collection.
Smallhythe Place was once The Customs House in a medieval ship building village but is now a museum dedicated to the last resident, the renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry. It is a National Trust house and garden.
Most of the pubs dotted all over Romney Marsh are medieval or Georgian, and many sell real ales and serve evening meals.
Landscapes & Countryside
Romney Marsh is very flat and criss-crossed with quite country lanes.
You can walk or cycle from Rye and, almost, to Folkestone using only country lanes, the sea wall or cycle and footpaths.
For nature lovers, there is the Dungeness Nature Reserve, Dungeness RSPB, and The Royal Military Canal. Apart from other things, The Kent Wildlife Visitor Centre at New Romney has a reconstructed Looker’s Hut, a shack where shepherds temporarily used to live. Dungeness, in particular, has many rare migratory birds and unique flora and fauna. Derek Jarman’s famous shingle garden and cottage is is also at Dungeness and is an inspiration to all gardeners.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is only a few miles away. If you look towards the hills at Botolph’s Bridge, you can clearly see the old Roman fort lying next to the animal park with Lympne Castle above it.
For much of the coastline of Romney Marsh, there are miles of glorious, unspoilt sandy beaches with very few people. There is even the remains of a petrified forest at Pett Level that can be walked out to at low tide.
Information Centres & Events
There are other museums in Lydd, Rye, New Romney and Hythe with a Tourist Information Centre in Rye.
Art and photographic galleries and exhibitions can be seen in Rye, New Romney, Dungeness, Hythe and many other places.
The Day of Syn, celebrating the Russell Thornedyke’s smuggling stories and his creation of Dr. Syn, is every 2 years in Dymchurch, the next one being in 2016.
There are annual Country Fairs/Fetes at New Romney, Rye, Hamstreet, Lydd, Brenzett and Hythe.
For places to visit away from Romney Marsh, please see our Out & About page.