Hidden Gems of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

Discover more to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate - fascinating collections from Major Powell-Cotton, costumed tour characters, examples of WWII fighters, home built and designed by Augustus Pugin, underground tunnels used as home during WWII or displays of the nation’s best loved toys

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens
Naturalist, explorer and collector Major PHG Powell-Cotton established a Museum in the gardens of Quex House to house his extensive world class collection consisting of 19th century natural history from Africa and Asia, oriental fine arts, antique furniture, ceramics, weaponry and local archaeology. Quex House is a Regency Mansion opens to the public and proudly displaying fascinating furniture, objet d’art and a beautiful library.

Also at Quex Park you can find Quex Craft Village, Jungle Jims and Quex Barn Farmers market and Restaurant.

Margate Museum and Tudor HouseMargate Museum
Discover Margate: sea bathing machines, paddle steamers, shipwrecks and day-trippers in the Old Police Station in Margate Old town

The Tudor House is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Kent; it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer

Shell Grotto
One big mystery – 70ft of winding underground passages, decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells

Theatre Royal Margate
Dating back to 1787, this Grade II* Listed popular community theatre offers a busy and varied programme

Tom Thumb Theatre
One of the smallest theatres in the world, a converted Victorian Coach House, complete with flock wallpaper, 50 velvet seats and a ramshackle cocktail bar upstairs

Hornby Visitor Centre
The Hornby Visitor Centre based at the global headquarters of Hornby in Margate, features treasures from the Company’s archives dating back as far as the 1920s and fascinating displays about some of the nation’s best loved toys - Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi. Visitors are able to see some stunning model rail layouts and also try their skills on a Scalextric circuit

St Peter’s Village Tour
Four award winning free guided walks around the historical village and churchyard of St Peter’s brought to life by costumed characters. Tours include Village Tour, Churchyard Tour, WWI Graves Tour and WWII Graves Tour

Bleak HouseBleak House, Broadstairs
Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday home and where he wrote David Copperfield. Smuggling museum and tour available

Dickens House Museum
Explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items in the home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. Also see original prints, costumes and Victoriana

Ramsgate Tunnels
Reopened May 2014, this complex of underground tunnels was home to over 1,000 people during the darkest period of WWII – come and experience how life underground was for them.

Ramsgate Maritime Museum
Discover connections to ‘The Titanic’ and see Ramsgate’s own Meridian Line and objects raised from Stuart warships lost on the Goodwin Sands

'Pugin' The Grange and St Augustine’s Church
Restored by Landmark Trust, a Grade I listed house designed and lived in by 19th century architect Augustus Pugin who is best known for the magnificent interiors, furnishings and fittings of the Houses of Parliament. His contribution to the townscape of Ramsgate brought lasting fame to the town and can be seen from the East Cliff to the West Cliff.

St Augustine’s Church located next to the home built and designed by Augustus Pugin, where the family vault is located beneath the Pugin Chantry.

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum
Permanently housed at the museum are splendid examples of the two WWII fighter aircraft which served the RAF so well in many areas of battle, both at home and overseas, the Spitfire and Hurricane.

RAF Manston History Museum
A museum based on the history of the airfield from 1916 to present day, including artifacts from WWI to modern search and rescue operations and its move to Civil aviation

Minster Abbey Minster Abbey
Founded in 670AD by Princess Ermenburga, one of England’s oldest religious buildings, currently occupied by Benedictine nuns.

Curious Coast
Learn more about out award winning coastline – quirky facts, history, how the beaches got their name and stories of our beaches and bays