A nuclear power station, an abandoned RAF site, and a landscape littered with decaying buildings and boats do not make Dungeness a traditional seaside town.
It has no pier, no fairground and scarcely any sunbathers, but its strange beauty has captivated visitors nonetheless.
As MyLondon reports, Which? magazine readers have named the eerie, isolated village a better seaside resort than Brighton.
It scores a 78 percent approval rating to the bustling Brighton’s 66 percent.
Situated at the southernmost foot of Kent, Dungeness is characterised by its almost post-apocalyptic atmosphere.
Decaying boats sit on the pebble beach, while dilapidated buildings have stood empty and abandoned for years.
It’s flat, wild and deafeningly quiet, with residents suggesting you can hear someone talking a mile off.
The landscape is marked by a smattering of houses and two nuclear power stations – one decommissioned, but one still in use today.
There’s a lighthouse, offering panoramic views to those brave enough to walk up, and vast marshes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Dungeness is also home to two rare, historical “acoustic mirrors” that sit on an abandoned RAF base.
30 foot concrete structures, “acoustic mirrors” were designed to be an early warning system that could detect invading enemy aircraft via sound waves before they came into sight.
As the one of the quietest places in England, Dungeness was an ideal listening location.
The structures were built between 1928 and 1930, but became obsolete when radar was invented just two years later, in 1932.
Today RAF Denge is abandoned, and the overgrown site is managed by the RSPB.
While it may seem eerily still, Dungeness is actually teeming with wildlife.
It is a vital ecological site, home to spiders, moths and beetles that are so rare, they can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
One third of the UK’s plant species grow in Dungeness, while it’s also a hot spot for birdwatchers thanks to a particularly unique phenomenon known by locals as “the boil”.
Waste hot water from the nuclear power station is pumped into the ocean, amplifying the biodiversity of the surrounding sea bed.
This attracts sea birds from far and wide, making Dungeness a popular vantage point for people hoping for an unusual sighting.
While the stark, vast Dungeness will not appeal to all holidaymakers, its stunning scenery has made it a popular destination for those looking for peace and quiet.
It may not have a pier, a fairground or swathes of sunbathers, but its uncompromising quality just keeps bringing people back.
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