town in the English county of Kent

Faversham is a town in the English county of Kent, UK. The history of the town can traced back 2000 years to Roman times. Explosives were a major local industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Market Hall, Faversham

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Trains to 1 Faversham station are operated by SouthEastern from London Charing Cross (via Dartford) and London Victoria. Trains from Ramsgate and Dover also serve Faversham. The Javelin high-speed service operates every 30 minutes from London St Pancras. There is a supplement for using this service unless travelling from outside of the London region.

Many trains from London to Ramsgate and Dover leave London as a single train and split in two at Faversham. If boarding at Faversham and travelling East or South it is important to get on the right train as there will be two trains on the one platform after the split.

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Standard Quay, Faversham

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Most services provided by Arriva Kent & Surrey, Stagecoach and Chalkwell Buses[dead link] link with Sittingbourne, Maidstone, Canterbury and the surrounding areas.

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1 National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, ME13 8XZ (about 1 mile from the town centre). Apr - Oct: daily 10AM-5PM. A farm growing rare varieties of fruit, particularly apples. Best visited in Sep or Oct. Shop open all year. £10.    

2 Mad Cat Brewery (next Brogdale Farm). Easter-Oct: Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 10AM-2PM. Microbrewery.

3 Maison Dieu, ME13 8TS, +44 1795 534542. Sa Su 2PM-5PM. This flint- and timber-framed building displays Roman artefacts. Adults £2.50, children £1.50, concessions £1.00.    

4 Fleur de Lis Museum. M-Sa 10AM-4PM. Museum of town history and art gallery. £5, gallery free.

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1 Shepherd Neame Brewery, 11 Court Street, ME13 7AX. This brewery was founded in 1698 and claims to be Britain's oldest. Tours (£11.50) take about 2 hours and run most days, best booked in advance.    

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The main shopping area is the pedestrianised part of Preston Street, which has Boots and Superdrug.

1 Co-op, Forbes Road, Faversham ME13 8QG (near the railway station). Small supermarket.

2 Tesco, Crescent Rd, ME13 7AS. M-Sa 6AM-midnight, Su 10AM-4PM. Largish supermarket with clothes and a petrol station.

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The Albion - geograph 2100425

Faversham is home to Britain's oldest brewery (see Do above), so this town is ideal for sampling a beer or two.

1 The Albion, 29 Front Brents, ME13 7DH, +44 1795 591 411. noon-10:30. wooden pub on the river

2 Bear Inn, 3 Market Place, ME13 7JE, +44 1795 532 668. 10:30AM-11PM. Shepherd Neame  

3 The Limes, 59 Preston St, Faversham ME13 8PG, +44 1795 532 007. Live Music on Saturday Night  

4 Market Inn, East Street, ME13 8AT (at the north west corner of the recreation ground), +44 1795 532 529. Shepherd Neame

Sun Inn (see Sleep)

5 The Three Tuns, Tanners St, ME13 7JP, +44 1795 532 663. 5PM-. The first Shepherd Neame pub built in 1605  

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6 The Gunpowder Mill, Canterbury Rd, ME13 8XE, +44 1795 342 684. noon-10PM. Marstons Pub

7 The Leading Light, 20–22 Preston Street. Wetherspoon's pub.

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The Sun Inn - geograph 2691695

1 Faversham Creek Hotel, Conduit St, ME13 7DF, +44 1795 533535, . Rooms from £95 per night.

2 Sun Inn (Shepherd Neame), 10 West Street, ME13 7JE, +44 1795 535098. Rooms from £85 per night.

3 Read's, Macknade Manor, Canterbury Rd ME13 8XE, +44 1795 535344. Charming hotel in Georgian mansion, and the dining is outstanding. B&B double £180.

4 Old Vicarage, Church Hill, Doddington ME9 0BD, +44 1795 886136. B&B in a bright stylish Georgian villa. In 2020 they only offer self-catering in the Coach House. B&B double £110.

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Routes through Faversham
LondonSittingbourne  NW   SE  → merges with  Canterbury/Dover

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