FH: stories | Where To Eat, Drink, Stay and Visit in Dymchurch

Could Dymchurch be the destination for your next family day out or beach getaway?

This coastal village in the Folkestone and Hythe district is slightly off the beaten track but has plenty of places to explore, eat and drink.  

Dymchurch is known for its picture-perfect sandy shores and beach-side traditional amusement park, which makes it perfect for kids of all ages. Rides like the ghost train and dodgems will make for a thrilling day out, and its amusement arcades and soft play area are a welcome addition for when the sun goes in.

PLENTY TO EAT AND DRINK

After working up an appetite, The Marshmellow Bakery on Dymchurch High Street is ready and waiting with an assortment of cakes and freshly-made bread with homemade marmalade to choose from. Alternatively, a sit-down cuppa and scone at nearby Mary’s Tearoom is a must. For those enjoying a plant-based diet, also on the High Street, the Mortar & Pestle Vegan Tearoom could be the place for you with a flavoursome vegan ploughman’s lunch!

The Ship Inn is an award-winning pub with rooms – it’s dog- and family-friendly and serves a mean fish and chips using local cod from nearby Rye.

Another great choice is The Hidden Treasure Micro Pub, with its outdoor beer garden where you can sip on Romney Marsh Brewery’s award-winning Amber Ale.

OUT AND ABOUT NEARBY

There’s plenty to do on a longer visit to Dymchurch – and animal lovers can head to Alpaca Annie, a three-minute drive from Dymchurch centre. It’s the UK’s number one alpaca trekking experience, where visitors can meet, feed and walk the alpacas through the idyllic Kentish countryside.

Or take a journey back in time and enjoy a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. As one of Kent’s top tourist attractions, this railway will take you on a steam or diesel locomotive ride across the district and deliver you back to Dymchurch. And let’s not forget a visit to Martello Tower No.24 in the high street, where you can discover the history of one of the 74 towers which were built along England’s south coast, during 1805 and 1812, to resist the threatened French invasion.

Just outside of Dymchurch is The Marsh Maze & Fun Yard, another great family-friendly attraction that’s open from June to September. Keep an eye on its website for details of this year’s events.

STAY AWHILE

If you’re looking for an overnight break, take a look at:

  • The Beach Sun Retreat – this surprising yet luxurious beach-front villa features an indoor beach so you can sunbathe no matter the weather! It offers eight bedrooms sleeping up to 15 people, plus a cinema room, bar, BBQ area and much more. Four-legged family members are also welcome.
  • The Hive – a smaller getaway with two bedrooms, a garden and terrace. This quaint hideaway is great for those wanting some peace and quiet overlooking the beautiful Kent coast.
  • Corner House Cottage – just a stone’s throw from Dymchurch beach, this three-bedroom cottage sleeps six. Guests can step out into the heart of Dymchurch and experience the best that this coastal village has to offer.

We are aware that many attractions may be operating booking systems or adjusting their opening hours, please check the website of each location before your visit.

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