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Address: Market Street, Sandwich CT13 9DA, England
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+44 1304 621554

This old Cinque Port church (Cinque Ports were the five harbour towns on...

This old Cinque Port church (Cinque Ports were the five harbour towns on the south coast which in Medieval times provided the king with ships and men in exchange for trading and other privileges) is a local landmark. Much of today's building dates from 800 years ago, though it has been altered many times. The handsome tower with its distinctive onion dome top is a 17th-century addition - built by Flemish protestant refugees, in the style of their homeland churches. The dome would have been in place when American Founding Father Thomas Paine was married at St Peter's in 1759. There was once a Norman church on the site and traces of masonry from this building can still be seen at the west end.

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A great asset to the town -- a real treasure that we are so lucky to have

Not "done up" yet , like so many old churches these days [ although they are starting on it] and therefore full of quiet atmosphere. Lots of quirky monuments and details and a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sandwich, United Kingdom
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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not "done up" yet , like so many old churches these days [ although they are starting on it] and therefore full of quiet atmosphere. Lots of quirky monuments and details and a wonderful second hand bookstall to raise funds ! Then there is the much vaunted staircase----more a tourist attraction than an asset [ other than financially].We lost a... More 

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Deal, Kent, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always bring my students here & now I have added incentive as the tower is now open. We, too, had the joy of the bells as we climbed past. Very reasonably priced attraction & interesting church - friendly staff! Be aware that although they have new stairs in the upper part, the lower stairs are the originals - not... More 

Thank Beddington210
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415 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting old church with a marvellous bell tower you can climb for a fee, although it is free to wander about the church. Also a small garden out back. Worth a visit.

Thank Bruno S
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Climbed the 112 steps to the top of the tower. Bells rang twice while we were up there! Very nice woman opened up for us even through the tower isn't usually open on a Monday. Views over Sandwich and beyond are spectacular!

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Beautiful Church and Gardens Definitely worth a visit and look round if you are in the area, particularly the gardens and ruin window

Thank L S
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Lovely church in a beautiful location in the heart of Sandwich. Great architecture and a lovely place to visit and reflect on the past. Whilst it is now classified as a 'redundant' church, it remains consecrated and an annual Christmas Eve communion service is held there along with a Witness Procession from the church to St Clement's every Palm Sunday.... More 

Thank deborahk3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Ten days ago alking about you can eat at Georges&Dragon. TODAY I'll will talk about how nice it is hear to take a good beer surrounded by friendly local people. I confes I love beer! And hear you have many to choose from a very good. If you want know a good England's Pub...Come HERE!!

Thank Xavier R
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

St. Peters has now opened the bell tower to visitors. If in Sandwich don't miss the opportunity to climb the tower and experience the panoramic views from the top of the tower. During the climb you can see the inner workings of the clock and look down on the bells. It only costs £5 per person and is open from... More 

Thank Tricia C
Rainham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

A fascinating church, well worth a visit. Lovely architecture with a good little second hand bookshop at the back. We arrived to late to climb the tower but were assured that the views were well worth it.

Thank James H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The recent opening of the Church Tower to the public has proven to be a master-stroke as a trip up Haven Heights is a must when visiting the beautiful town of Sandwich. The cost is reasonable as the views are quite simply breath-taking when you finally reach the top. It shows the town in an entirely new light and there... More 

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The_CCT, Public Relations Manager at St Peter's Church, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Haven Heights at St Peter's Church! Very glad to hear you enjoyed the experience and the spectacular views from the top. Hope we'll see you again soon. More 

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