Wye for the Tourist



Wye lies on the eastern most edge of the Weald of Kent in the crook of the Downs where the hills take a turn to the South for their final lap before reaching the Channel. At this point the River Stour breaks through, forming a gap along which run the road and the railway, linking Canterbury with Ashford. In the mouth of this gap, but straggling a short way up the slope of the Downs, lies the medieval village of Wye.

A popular destination for walkers with a wide choice of footpaths. There are tremendous views over The Devil’s Kneading Trough the largest and most famous of the steep sided dry valleys that characterise the hills and the downs.

Walkers will also experience breathtaking views from the top of the Crown,Wye’s chalked carved landmark created to commemorate King Edward VII’s Coronation.

Dogs If you are on holiday and your dog needs to be seen by a vet. Cinq Port vets are on hand with an emergency service.

Our Pubs are dog friendly.

For opening times and details of the Wye Branch http://www.cinqueportsvets.co.uk/clinics/wye-clinic.html#.Uwp4ZSlFCM9Telephone 01233  813 003. In an emergency if the Wye Branch is closed please ring

01233 640022 where the Kingsnorth Branch will be pleased to help you. http://www.cinqueportsvets.co.uk/services/emergency_service.html#.Uwp5WSlFCM8

Public Transport : Wye has a charming train station and also a bus service.

Bus time table: http://www.thanington-pc.gov.uk/services/652timetable.pdf

Train enquiries: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/prcad8810a0400020186e2b6bcc315d7.aspx


Our beautiful country side in an area of outstanding natural beauty yields many wild  flowers including orchids. The Wibberley Way is just one of our many footpath walks.

Wye is surrounded by the beautiful North Downs Way. A network of footpaths and cycle routes  with clear markings making it an ideal location for both walker and cyclist. www.northdownsway.co.uk/   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Downs_Way

Half way down the hill heading back towards the Village is The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company. The Visitor can stop here and visit their small shop and viewing gallery overlooking the cooking area. This is a chance to purchase some delicious jam made from local produce.

The Village itself has plenty to offer. The Parish Church echoes the history of Wye it’s times and people from the past.

The Church is open during daylight hours, and is well used by residents and visitors.


Although not typical with a centralised High Street the visitor will be amazed to find three restaurants and three pubs all serving food. There is accommodation in the village and an excellent B&B.

Wye boasts  shops including a  post office, news agents, chemist, supermarket, bakery (real bread), gift and art shops, butchers, and a garage offering repairs. Our Co Op gives cash back and also has a cash machine.

Added to all this we have a Train Station  (One stop to Ashford International and two stops to Canterbury) Plus  good bus service

Every first and third Saturday a Farmer’s Market is held on The Green. At the same time visitors are welcome to pop into the Wye Heritage Centre located in the Old Latin School opposite the Market.

This medieval village once a merchant town cannot fail to captivate those interested in the past. Wye is the birthplace of Aphra Benn the first English Woman play write (also a spy). It was also a Royal manor where Kings stayed during their journeying. As a mark of Royal favour to the Manor, King Edward II after the burial of his Father and before his own coronation, held the solemnity of a whole Christmas at the Manor House. It was here too, that King Edward I received from the Chancellor of the Realm his seal. Wye was also visited   by Henry VI in 1428, the last year of his reign. This is just a small taste of the history of our Village, there is so much more for the visitor to discover!

Wye is guaranteed to remain firmly in the memory of its visitors.


To find accommodation and places to eat click on our list of members and go to their websites for contact details. http://www.wyebusiness.org.uk/list-of-members/

Also http://wyebusiness.org.uk/wye-accomodation-and-places-to-eat/


Wye Tree Trail- A New Guide for our Visitors Available from Ticketyboo 145 Bridge Street 01233 812 671


Wye Tardis for the Tourist


Richard Blackford & Mary Barratt

Editor:  Wye Ground Force volunteers work to make our village attractive  not only for the residents of Wye but also for our visitors. In turn this benefits our businesses. 

The group’s latest project has been to restore a telephone box in Bridge Street just down from The Wife of Bath Restaurant and opposite the Café, Wye Coffee & Kitchen. The box is now known as the Wye Tardis and inside displays a wonderful map and set of leaflets outlining the  history of our village. A must for the tourist! These can be purchased from Ticketyboo (Art & Gifts) just a little further down Bridge Street.

To read a report from Wye Ground Force about their projects:

WYE GROUND FORCE [volunteers working for Wye]

Looking back over 2016, we have finished the restoration of the iconic telephone box outside of the Undercroft. The box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 and introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, it has been painted inside and out, complete with gold crowns. It was adopted by the village when BT decommissioned it and now depicts a display of historic Wye and a short history of the Undercroft.

By the time you read this article 1,000 crocus bulbs will have been planted around the village. The Gardeners Society purchased the bulbs and requested the help of Wye Ground Force with the planting. This is a great joint effort by the two societies from which all the village will benefit next Spring.

You will have noticed the new houses being built by Taylor Wimpey in Churchfield Way. Wye Ground Force approached the builders for sponsorship to buy a replacement bench and planter for the bottom of Churchfield Way, both of which are in a dire state. Taylor Wimpey have kindly agreed to pay for both. In early 2017 WGF will arrange for them to be fitted.

Could we take this opportunity to thank the villagers who water the planters around Wye, this is always appreciated and can be quite a task during dry periods.

Finally, our appreciation to all those who turn out on our village clean-ups.

Kathy, Mary and Val