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Walking with History Guided Walks

Take a guided tour of Faversham - Kent's 'Market Town of Kings'

What better way to discover more about Faversham’s fascinating and sometimes surprising past than to be guided personally by an enthusiastic and experienced local historian?   

Join one of our Guided Town Walks to learn more about Faversham’s rich heritage and about the people who have walked these streets before us - both those who have lived here and those who were passing through.

Did you know that Faversham was the site of one of the most infamous witch trials in Kent during the 1640s? Or that Faversham is the only town in England granted the privilege of using the three lions of England on its town crest?  Or that we are home to more than 450 listed buildings, many with very interesting stories to tell? Only one place in England has more listed buildings per square kilometre - be sure to ask your guide which it is!

Each of our Town Guides brings something individual to their walk. They each have their own interests and experiences and their own anecdotes to share. Just as no two groups of visitors are identical, so no two town walks are ever exactly the same!

The walks take between one and a half and two hours. They do not involve long distances and are not physically demanding. Part of the walk may, however, involve cobblestones underfoot

Saturday Mornings and Bank Holiday Mondays

These walks leave from the Visitor Information Centre opposite the iconic Guildhall. They take you to many quirky and interesting buildings, many with links to wider national history. You will hear about one king who was held captive in Court Street and another who was alleged to have had his face slapped by the mistress of the house! You’ll visit Abbey Street, named after the building that once dominated the townscape, described as “one of the finest medieval streets in Britain”. Here, every house has a tale to tell, whether a grisly secret or an architectural feature to admire. Learn about monarchs, saints, merchant adventurers and the infamous murder case that prompted the 16th century play that is still performed by, amongst others, The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Our guided Town Walks are an ideal, fun and educational way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this unique market town, a town of kings! If your stay in Faversham is of short duration, a Guided Town Walk will provide you with an enjoyable summary of the town’s unique history. If you are fortunate enough to be here for longer, then it will provide many suggestions for places that merit a return visit and longer exploration during your stay.

Walks start at the following times. Pre-booking is not essential for Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

2024 Schedule

Saturday Mornings from 6th April to 26th October inclusive [NOT Hop Festival Weekend, 31st August]

Bank Holiday Mondays: April 1st (Easter Monday); May 6th; May 27th

These walks depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 12 Market Place, ME13 7AE at 10.30am

Cost: Adults £5.00, accompanied children £3.00 - free for Faversham Society members

Summer Evening History Strolls

To take best advantage of the longer summer days, we will be running a short season of guided walks on selected mid-week summer evenings. Itineraries will be broadly similar to the Saturday morning walks.

- Wednesday 5th June    - Wednesday 19th June    -Tuesday 25th June

- Wednesday 10th July      - Wednesday 24th July      -Tuesday 6th August

Summer Evening History Strolls depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 6.30 pm

These walks must be paid for in advance, at the Visitor Information Centre during opening hours.

Pre-booked Group Walks

These can be arranged for any weekday, morning or afternoon (subject to Guide availability) for groups of 10+ people [or minimum £50].

We can arrange for optional visits to the Heritage Centre and Museum where opening times coincide.

Timings and content of these tours can be tailored to the needs of your group. If your members have any particular interest, then do let us know and we will try to plan your walk with these in mind.

To book, or to request further information, contact Catherine Lee, Town Walks Coordinator on 07570 866391 or by email at townwalks@favershamsociety.org.

Departure Point

We usually suggest the Alexander Centre (17 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8NZ) as an ideal location for booked groups to meet their guide. It provides a comfortable space for the Group Leader to confirm the itinerary and numbers, and to finalise payment. More importantly, here visitors can get a hot drink, relax and use the facilities in advance of their walk. For larger groups, we would appreciate pre-ordering of drinks and a single payment to avoid a delayed departure.

Food and Drink: If you are planning to have lunch in Faversham either before or after your walk, the town offers numerous options. We will be happy to advise at the time of your booking and help you make advance arrangements to avoid disappointment and ensure an enjoyable and successful visit.

Arriving in Faversham: The Alexander Centre is only a short walk from Faversham Railway Station.

Recommended Carpark: Queens Hall Car Park, Forbes Rd, Faversham ME13 8QE (Long Stay). Again, only a short walk from the Alexander Centre.Coach Drop-off:  Coaches may drop off passengers at Lesley Smith Drive, ME13 8PW adjacent to Central Carpark. Drop-off and pick-up times in the town are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes, Please note the 15-minute limited waiting time: we will try to ensure that your timetable is adhered

Creek FM and Walking with History Podcasts

Mike Adams from Creek FM and Town Guide Antony Millett met up one fine Sunday morning for a walk around the centre of Faversham. Along the way, Mike was introduced to parts of the town that he had previously ignored and heard stories of people and events that have provided us with the rich heritage that we now enjoy.

The two-hour walk has been edited into five (5) twenty-minute Podcasts and cover the area bounded by Market Street, Market Square, Middle Row, Court Street, Abbey Street, Abbey Place, Church Path, Church Road and East Street.

The walk took Mike and Antony about two hours and follows the route usually taken on the Walking with History tours. The timing for the regular tours is between 11/2 and 2 hours but depends on the speed of the slowest guest. As such, these Podcasts contain material that is often omitted from the Walking with History tours because of time constraints.

This podcast begins at the Junction of East Street and Market Street and concludes at the Ship Inn. In this very short journey, there are encounters with Saints, Benefactors, Murderers and Royalty, all of whom have left their mark on Faversham.

This podcast continues from the Ship Inn and includes the reason for the iconic "design" of the Guildhall, our "dry" pump, our youngest listed building in Middle Row before arriving in Court Street.

Partridge Lane, Shepherd Neame and Court Street and the first part of Abbey Street give up some of their secrets, including alleged assaults and imprisonment on Royalty and why some brick structures are not all that they seem.

Continuing along Abbey Street and into Abbey Place we hear about Faversham Abbey, and where to find it now, and some of the characters behind the founding of the Old Grammar School.

The Old (Queen Elizabeth's) Grammar School and the Parish Church of St Mary of Charity yield some of the secrets before a visit to a surprisingly quiet residence that had a scholarly history.

Opening Times

12 Market Place
ME13 7AE
10am to 4pm - Monday to Saturday
10am to 1pm - Sunday (opening hours may vary)

12-13 Preston Street
ME13 8NS
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
Also open on the first Sunday of each month

11 Preston Street
ME13 8NS

10am to 3.30pm - Monday to Saturday

Off Stonebridge Way
ME13 7SE

Open on Saturdays only 2pm to 5pm

Registered Charity  Number 1135262 - Company No 07112241
The Faversham Society - Registered Address: 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
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