Dymchurch is a village and civil parish on the coast of Romney Marsh, about two miles north of New Romney on the A259.


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It has a three mile stretch of sandy beach, frequently washed by the tide of the English Channel and offers safe bathing and other activties to the visitor. 

It is on bus routes serving Folkestone, Dover, New Romney and Lydd and has a station on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Dymchurch is rich in history (see below) and a good way of finding out about its past and people is to walk The Dymchurch Heritage Trail. You can view and download the trail leaflet here.

The main High Street of this colourful little seaside village starts from the distinctive conical red-tiled tower of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul to Martello Tower No 24. Within this small stretch lies a host of shops and businesses to meet your everyday needs. 

The central slipway, accessed via the High Street, leads to the beautiful, open, sandy, award winning beach. Childrens' amusements and rides, accessed via the seawall and High Street, together with eating establishments and essential shops are waiting to help you enjoy your visit to the village.

The Ship public house, on the opposite side of the road to St Peter and St Paul church was where Russell Thorndike wrote many of the infamous Dr. Syn stories; fictitious yarns, inspired by local smuggling and law breaking on the Marsh. 

In sharp contrast to the Dr. Syn fables, Edith Nesbit, the famous children’s writer, also lived in Dymchurch. An enterprising author, she wrote a number of books including her most famous work The Railway Children.

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Paul Nash, the British surrealist painter and war artist, writer and designer of applied art, also lived for a time in Dymchurch.

Dymchurch Beach 

Dymchurch is well known for its glorious beach which attracts many thousands of visitors every year. The sandy beach is quite flat and stretches from north to south for over three miles, and is frequently 'washed' by the tide of the English Channel.  

It provides safe sea bathing in the haven of Romney Bay and miles of fine sand to build all the castles you want, play beach sports, have a swim in the sea or just laze around. You can also enjoy a donkey ride.

The beach is very close to all the facilities of Dymchurch village, including cafes, restaurants, pubs and amusements. 

Dymchurch Beach has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor based on good ratings by visitors on TripAdvisor.
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Village Hall

Dymchurch Village Hall, a Registered Charity No.290817, is located just off the High Street in Orgarswick Avenue. As you enter Orgarswick Avenue, the village hall and car park are on the left. 
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Dymchurch Village Hall is available for hire by all local organisations and residents.

If you would like to book the hall, then please contact the Lettings Officer, Gill Johnson   Telephone Icon  01303 874527

Dymchurch Village Hall
Dymchurch Village Hall

Dymchurch Recreation Ground

Dymchurch recreation ground is located off St Mary's Road, just past the level crossing on the left. It is used for many leisure activities, including cricket and football.

Dogs are allowed but please keep on a lead around the play area and always clean up after your dog.

Shepway District Council undertook a project to improve play facilities at the Dymchurch recreation ground. The De Haan Charitable Trust is the main financier of the project which includes a Multi Use Games Area and several innovative forms of equipment. 

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Dymchurch Recreation Ground
Dymchurch Recreation Ground