Just 20 minutes' drive from Canterbury, the pretty town of Sandwich is arguably one of the UK's best preserved medieval towns and one of the five original Cinque Ports. Once on the sea, although now two miles inland, Sandwich was a safe natural harbour for ships travelling between London and the Continent.
The town has had many important visitors over the years, including Thomas Becket on his flight from Henry II and Richard the Lionheart on his return from the crusades. Elizabeth I was entertained here in the hope that she would restore the harbour when it began to silt up and the town started to decline.
The famous links courses of Royal St Georges and Princes are on the doorstep and the former is the venue for the 2011 Golf Open.