Why Visit margate, broadstairs and ramsgate

Just some reasons to visit our area

The seaside towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are situated on the north-eastern coast of Kent and can be easily reached from London and mainland Europe via good road, rail and ferry services

• M25 links to M26, M20, M2 then A299 into Thanet
• St. Pancras International Station, London to Ramsgate – 80 minutes
• Ferry services into Dover (approx 20 miles/32 km from Ramsgate)
• Eurotunnel into Folkestone (approx 30 miles/42 km from Ramsgate)


• Miles of glorious coastline and 15 sandy beaches and bays
• Award winning beaches – 7 with Blue Flags, 3 with Seaside Awards
• The Thanet coastline represents 20% of the UK’s and 12% of Europe’s coast chalk
• It is the longest continuous stretch of chalk coast in Britain
• Watersports – Kite Surfing, Jet Skiing, Surfing, Sailing
• Boat Trips – Seal Colony, Wind Farm, Sea Forts, Beaches and Bays
• Traditional Beach Huts
• Viking Coastal Trail circular cycle route (32 miles/51.4 km)
• Seafront and clifftop restaurants, cafes, bars and ice cream parlours
• Royal Harbour and Marina, Ramsgate

Turner Contemporary

• Turner Contemporary, international art gallery
• Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens
• Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
• Dreamland 'UK's original pleasure park re-imagined'
• Hornby Visitor Centre
• St. Peter’s Village War Graves Tours (WWI and WWII)
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Food and Drink

• Gadd’s beer from Ramgate Brewery
• Quex Foods – Kent crisps and oils
• Quex Barn – indoor farmer’s market and restaurant
• Award winning Cliftonville farmer’s market
• Broadstairs Food Festival
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Famous Faces
• Charles Dickens (Dickens House Museum, Bleak House, Turner and Dickens Walk, annual Dickens Festival)
• AWN Pugin (The Grange, St. Augustine’s Church, Pugin Town Trail (self-guided walk)
• JMW Turner (Turner Contemporary, Turner and Dickens Walk)

Key Annual Events

*GEEK (Games Expo East Kent) - A celebration of games and play, old and new.
Winter Gardens, Margate

*Broadstairs Blues Bash - A free Blues music festival with local, national and international acts

*Broadstairs Dickens Festival - Various venues in and around Broadstairs

*Summer Prom - Enjoy vintage sounds in the beautiful gardens of Quex House
Quex House Gardens, Birchington

*Thanet at War - Enjoy a trip back to the 1940s
Government Acre, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate

*Ramsgate Week - a regatta with competitors from France, Belgium, Holland and the UK and a great backdrop for events happening along the waterfront.
Royal Harbour, Ramsgate

*Broadstairs Folk Week 
Various venues in and around Broadstairs

*Heritage Open Days
Various heritage attractions around Thanet

*Broadstairs Food Festival
Various venues in and around Broadstairs

*Quexmas - Festive Christmas craft fair
Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Birchington

Accommodation (20+ ensuite rooms)
Smiths Court Hotel (41 rooms) – 3* Hotel
Eastern Esplanade, Margate

Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum (36 rooms) – 2* Hotel
Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate

Sands Hotel (20 rooms) – 4* Hotel
Marine Drive, Margate

The Botany Bay Hotel (29 rooms) – 3* Hotel
Marine Drive, Kingsgate, Broadstairs

The Royal Albion Hotel (21 rooms) – 3* Hotel
Albion Street, Broadstairs

Royal Harbour Hotel (27 rooms) – 2* Metro Hotel
Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate

Comfort Inn (44 rooms) – 3* Hotel
Victoria Parade, Ramsgate

Pegwell Bay Hotel (42 rooms) – 3* Hotel
Pegwell Road, Ramsgate

Oak Hotel (34 rooms) – 2* Hotel
Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

Holiday Inn Express (105 rooms) – Budget Hotel
Tothill Street, Minster, near Ramsgate

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