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Swale - North Kent Coast

Tourist Information Centres

Tourism Section
Swale Borough Council
Swale House
East Street
ME10 3HT

Tourist Information Centre, Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS

Press Contact

Philip Sutcliffe
Swale House
East Street
ME10 3HT


A warm welcome from Swale! Spread along the North Kent Coast, the Borough of Swale embraces Sittingbourne, Faversham and the Isle of Sheppey as well as the surrounding towns and villages dotted amongst the glorious Kent countryside. Popular beaches, maritime marshland and idyllic sailing waters, all of which make up Swale - where countryside meets the coast.

What's on Offer


The Isle of Sheppey has many popular and award winning beaches. The beaches here provide a clean and safe environment for the family, with lifeguards, traditional seaside amusements, picnic areas, children's play area, a sandpit and leisure complex and pool. Leysdown is a traditional and lively seaside resort and has welcomed visitors for generations. The promenade offers clubs and pubs with live music, karaoke, cabaret and disco. Traditional amusements and the nearby Bartons Point Coastal Park offers picnic areas, pitch and putt and a nature trail. There is also a naturist beach at Shellness.

Places to Visit

Swale offers a variety of places to visit. Experience festivals and events. Enjoy the countryside and coastal parks, visit Brogdale Collections,ride steam railways and indulge yourself in a whole host of pubs and restaurants. Swale is able to boast Britain's oldest brewery (Shepherd Neame, based in Faversham) giving many of its pubs and restaurants a unique local twist.


Entertainment can be found in the forms of karting, greyhound racing, the Central Park Stadium, Merry-Go-Round, theatres and cinemas. Local pubs, clubs and events held throughout the year.


The town centres of Sittingbourne, Faversham and the Isle of Sheppey provide high street retailers mixed with small independent shops. There are also weekly markets in these towns. Sittingbourne's market day is Friday, with Faversham having market days on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sheerness has its market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Eating Out

Swale has a wide range of restaurants, eateries, take-aways and public houses that cater for all tastes.

Recreation & Sport

Variety of sporting facilities in Swale from Golf Clubs and Swale Indoor Bowls to Queenborough Harbour Boat Services. Nature Reserves and water sports.

Holiday & Activity Centres

Leisure facilities including The Swallows Leisure Centre, Sheppey Leisure Complex and Faversham Swimming Pool; Nature Reserves; Water Sports.

Conference & Business Facilities

Hempstead House and the Coniston Hotel in Sittingbourne both offer quality conference and business facilities.


A wide range of accommodation available, from bed and breakfasts, farm houses, guest houses, hotels to self catering. Chalet and caravan parks are a feature of the Isle of Sheppey.

Getting There


Swale is accessible from the M2, M20 and A2 routes through Kent.


High Speed to St Pancras from Faversham as well as mainline trains to Canterbury, Dover & Margate & Ramsgate and up to London Victoria. Branch line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness.


The nearest channel ports are Dover and Ramsgate.


Closest international airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick.