Sandwich is a very old and established town. With its medieval buildings and narrow streets it was here in 1192 that Richard Lionheart landed after his release from Germany. The River Stour provides an important link with the sea although since it has silted up larger ships can no longer enterthe harbour. During medieval times Sandwich was the main port for Kent.
This is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England. There has been a settlement here since Roman times. The name of the town is thought to mean 'sandy place' or 'place in the sand'.
Canterbury and the Port of Dover are not far away and during the summer months Sandwich receives its fair share of tourists who come to look at tis ancient buildings and spend time its pubs, cafes and restaurants.