It has plenty of historical character and architecture to draw your eye and keep you occupied, from genuine Tudor houses and the famous Mermaid Inn with it’s fireplace made from boughs of broken up Armada battle ships to the tiny cobbled lanes. The BBC filmed its light costume series Mapp and Lucia here, a perfectly appropriate location as it was written and based in the town.
Further up the entertainment scale a host of Hollywood A-Listers descended on the town just a few years ago when George Clooney chose to film his Second World War Art Heist movie, The Monuments Men, within the city walls and on nearby Camber Sands. Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon and John Goodman could all be seen wandering the town, eating in the local fish restaurant, staying in luxurious main hotel The George, and earning their living in front of the cameras and throngs of disbelieving residents. A little closer to the pace of the place, was its choice as a location for the recent Dad’s Army feature film.