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Downton Abbey movie fans should visit Faversham for taste of British charm, claims Forbes magazine

By Matt Leclere

Downton Abbey fans have been told to look no further than one Kent town to discover quintessential British charm.

Forbes magazine - famed for its annual 'rich list' - published an article naming Faversham as one of the country's most 'beautiful and historic towns'.

The piece advises readers eagerly awaiting the new Downton Abbey movie being released in September to visit the town to find their fix of 'quaint and colourful Britishness'.

Video: Faversham named as one of the country's most beautiful and historic towns

Travel writer Gretchen Kelly, who has visited more than 80 countries around the world, said she was taken by the 'British camaraderie' on evidence and 'those fabulous accents' in the town.

Market Place and The Guildhall, Faversham. Picture: Chris Davey
Market Place and The Guildhall, Faversham. Picture: Chris Davey

In the piece titled 'Faversham: Kent's Dream Town for Anglophiles', she says Faversham is 'world's away from the rush and dash of the modern world steeped in colour'.

The article also draws on the town's highlights as a home of beer, the market with its 'hawkers of food, clothing, flowers, gifts and crafts' and plenty of 'lovely shops', including Apotecha in West Street.

Faversham Creek. Picture: Chris Davey
Faversham Creek. Picture: Chris Davey

She continues to advise on other shopping tips with the 'wealth of charity shops' with items fit for Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith's character in Downton) but its their buildings which take her fancy as well.

Ms Kelly describes the town's architecture as having 'enough character to set up their own masterpiece series'.

Next on her list of stop-offs is The Bear Inn - the oldest pub in town - and Shepherd Neame brewery as the ideal haunts for beer lovers.

The article offers an alternative for those who aren't beer lovers at Jittermugs.

It describes the Preston Street cafe as an 'oh-so-English-tea-and-coffee-and-crumpets emporium where you can sit for hours undisturbed or chat with locals for an update on what's happening in town'.

Preston Street and the Alexander Centre, Faversham. Picture: Chris Davey
Preston Street and the Alexander Centre, Faversham. Picture: Chris Davey

Events including this month's Faversham Literary Festival are promoted to a worldwide audience in the article.

Read the article in full on the Forbes website.

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