The Guildhall Museum

From priceless documents to Roman relics, ancient coins and gold insignia to the town’s role as a safe haven, the newly refurbished Sandwich Guildhall Museum offer visitors a unique opportunity to appreciate and admire the fascinating story of this ancient Cinque Port town.

There's also a very rare opportunity to see one of the most celebrated documents in history - the Magna Carta - together with its sister document, the Charter of the Forest dating from 1300.

Open: Wednesday – Sunday from 10.00 – 16.00 including Bank Holidays.
Closed over Christmas and New Year.
Full Wheelchair Access. Guide dogs welcome.
Admission: FREE

For further information, including group visitors and special exhibitions, visit:

The Guildhall Archives

Sandwich Guildhall Archives, housed in the historic Guildhall holds document material related to the history of Sandwich. This includes paperwork relating to the council and it’s predecessor sandwich Borough as well as the personal collections of individuals and organisations from the town.

The collection also includes, maps and plans, photographs, burial information, postcards relating to Sandwich and the surrounding area, some newspapers and

Also housed in the archives is the library which boasts a collection of books, pamphlets and research relating to the history of Sandwich up to the present day.

Some of Sandwich’s older material is housed at the Kent History and Library Centre. The catalogue can be seen here

Visits to the archives are by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays 14.30-16.30.

All enquiries or bookings should be directed to; or on 01304 617197.

The archives are only accessible by stairs, however if you wish to view an item and will be unable to access the archives we will endeavour to arrange for this material to be transferred to a lower floor or provided digitally.

Market Days

The Sandwich Market is held every week on a
Thursday 8am - 1pm on the Guildhall forecourt.

New stall enquiries please contact Town Clerk on 01304 617197 or

Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of the Guildhall for just £5 per person, Tours are available by appointment only and there is a minimum tour fee of £20.

Sandwich Archives

The Sandwich Archives are open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. You may visit the Archives by appointment only.

Visitor Information

The Visitor Information Centre offers lots of friendly local advice and plenty of leaflets to help you get the best out of Sandwich.

Emergency Contacts

View the emergency plan telephone numbers for the Sandwich Area. 

Kent Resilience Forum

Download the household emergency plan checklist in PDF

Find Your Council's Contact Details

View Sandwich Town Council's contact details for any further information.
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