DISCOVER SHEERNESS



Sheerness is the gateway to the Island by road and rail.  It is the main shopping and commercial centre and houses the Island’s Leisure Complex, Gateway, BRFM Pavilion Community Radio, Heritage Centres and Tourism point, offering a variety of information on leisure, tourism and local facilities.
 
In the middle of the 17th century, Sheerness was just an uninhabited marshland.  That would all change in 1665 when Charles II constructed a fort there for the defence of the navy anchorage on the river Medway, and built an accompanying dockyard.

 

In the years that followed, a small collection of houses grew up alongside the dockyard.  This little group of dock workers’ homes would become known as Blue Town, supposedly after the colour used to decorate the buildings’ exteriors and many historical facts can be uncovered whilst walking the dockyard wall trail.   
 
The beginning of the 19th century saw the total rebuilding of the dockyard on a greatly enlarged scale that eventually produced the modern town of Sheerness.  Visitors and residents can now seize a breath of fresh air, uncover its history and cycle along the Sheerness Way.  This 9km circular route opening in July 2011 will guide you to tourist hotspots – Sheerness’ Quality Coast Award beach, Barton’s Point coastal park and the Queenborough Lines, a 3km former defensive earthwork, are just a few.





SHEPPEY TOURISM ALLIANCE, BLUE TOWN HERITAGE CENTRE, HIGH STREET, SHEERNESS, KENT ME12 1RW
TEL. 01795 662981 EMAIL sheppeyta@hotmail.co.uk
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