Travelling around Sittingbourne
Surrounded by orchards and farmland, Kent's modern market town of Sittingbourne hosts a wealth of attractions for visitors. The friendly Kentish town has evolved from its industrial heritage of making paper, bricks and barges to becoming a vibrant, modern commuter town.
Whether you’re one of Sittingbourne’s 62,500 residents or visiting from nearby, there is much to see and do here, including a bustling shopping centre, a number of historical sites, a cinema and many delicious eateries. For outdoorsy types, there is a wide range of sporting activities on offer, including nearby speedway and greyhound tracks.
As you’d expect from a town in this location, there are excellent rail links to both London and Dover. Arriva buses operate in the area with regular services to Maidstone, Sheerness, Faversham and plenty more places besides, so getting to and from Sittingbourne couldn’t be easier.
Sittingbourne is rich in history. There is evidence that a settlement existed here before 2000BC. It became a stop-off for pilgrims heading for Canterbury following the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, in 1170, and even gets a mention in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Sittingbourne became less of a market trading and hostelry stop-off when the railway arrived. Instead, it developed into a busy industrial town that produced bricks, barges and paper.
During the First World War, the town suffered constant air raids because it was a reference point for bearings on London.