There are many local legends about the ruins of St Mary's Church. It was built on the site of a Saxon minster and acquired its towers in the 12th century. Originally the two towers, known as the Twin Sisters, had spires on top but these were removed in the early 20th century. One tale tells of the love between two sisters, who were shipwrecked as they made their way to Broadstairs on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady. Unfortunately, one of the sisters, Isabella, died as a result of the accident. Her sister, Frances, is said to have restored Reculver church and added the two spires of the tower in her memory.
When the nearby Roman fort was built, the sea was at least 2km away. It formed part of the fortifications defending the coast from invasion from Europe. It was also used as a lighthouse and watchtower serving the entrances to the Thames and the Medway. An interpretation centre in the country park outlines the geological and archaeological history of this interesting area.
It also highlights the wildlife to be seen on the marshes and rare cliff top wildflower meadows throughout the year. Thousands of migrating birds gather here on their way to the Arctic. Brent Geese and wading birds can be seen in winter and sand martin nest in the cliffs in summer.
Seaview Holiday Park
Birchington Vale Holiday Park