Come and join one of our guided Town Walks to learn even more about Faversham’s rich heritage. Faversham is home to more than 450 listed buildings, many with very interesting stories, but only one place in England has more listed buildings per square kilometre… be sure to ask which it is! Each of our Town Guides brings an individual approach to their walk. They have their own particular interests that illustrate the walk, whether it is from a literary, architectural or people direction. The guides know the town's hidden gems, including Hugh Place, the long bricks of Gatefield Lane, pargetting in West Street and the stories of many of the town’s residents from long ago.
The walks take between one and a half and two hours and are not physically demanding, although part of the walk may involve cobblestones underfoot.
We start at the Fleur De Lis Heritage Centre Museum, (12 Preston Street), and the walks include Preston Street and the Market Place with its iconic Guildhall. At Hugh Place learn about the infamous case that prompted a 16th century play that is still performed by, amongst others, The Royal Shakespeare Company. Court Street has many interesting buildings and you will discover which monarch was held captive here and another who was alleged to have had his face slapped by the mistress of the house. Abbey Street is described as “one of the finest medieval streets in Britain” and every building has a tale to tell or a feature to admire; the existing architecture spans many centuries and is lovingly preserved today.
The Abbey Physic Garden stands in the grounds of the Old Grammar School and the school, now Freemasons’ Hall, is a fine example of a Tudor building. St Mary of Charity Parish Church is larger than some cathedrals and, in Kent, is exceeded in size by only Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals and, allegedly, Maidstone Parish Church, (formerly part of the Archbishops Palace). Its crown spire, visible for miles around, is one of only eight in the UK, and the design was chosen as a response to the many accidents in the local gunpowder industry. Inside, see the painted column dating from 1306 and the tomb that allegedly holds the remains of King Stephen.
Our guided Town Walks are an ideal way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this unique market town, a town of Kings! Walks start at the following times – just turn up and join us:
1st Saturday Feb, Mar, Nov and Dec at 10.30am
Every Saturday Apr - Oct at 10.30am
Every Saturday Jun – Sep at 2pm
Bank Holiday Mondays at 10.30am
Cost: Adults: £5.00, Children: £3.00 which includes Free Museum Entry on the same day or within the following twelve months, on production of your walk ticket. Send an email to request further information about any of our walks.
Group tours, including a visit to the Heritage Centre and Museum, can be arranged on 01795 483289 or by email and tours can be tailored to the needs of your group. If your members have any particular interests then please advise us beforehand and we will try and include these in your walk.
On arrival, the first two things that people usually require are the loo and a coffee/tea. To avoid people being dispersed around town, we can arrange for both to be available at The Old Wine Vaults, opposite the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre. This pub also offers lunches and snacks and, if ordered before the walk, will be ready when you return.