Our Coast

Miles of glorious coastline waiting to be discovered



Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's coast is a feast for your eyes, and a balm for your soul. Discover stunning sandy beaches and sea-carved chalk cliffs, activity havens and resort bays. Re-energising and relaxing, our coast is a giant, free-to-use, year-round, outdoor spa.

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's shoreline has some impressive statistics. It represents 20% of the UK's and 12% of Europe's coastal chalk and it is the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in Britain. It boasts seven Blue Flag Award beaches and three Seaside Awards bays.

It's diverse too. At Joss Bay discover a surfers' paradise and learn to ride those waves. At rural Botany Bay wander beside creamy cliffs and towering chalk stacks. Other get-away-from-it-all spots include Stone Bay and Dumpton Gap, while West BaySt. Mildred’s Bay and Minnis Bay offer beaches with a village-life feel. For facilities galore head to the resort bays at Margate Mains Sands, Broadstairs' Viking Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands.

Hook up with the Thanet Coast Project for an educational event, or hike or cycle the Viking Coastal Trail - 32 miles (51.4km) of sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and pretty villages. Or do what people have done for generations - create your own, timeless, free fun: go rockpooling, fly a kite, build a sandcastle or go crabbing.

Or come for one of our exciting seaside events. The Margate Masters attracts Britain's best beach volleyball teams, Margate’s Beach Motorcross is an adrenaline-fuelled event, and the Broadstairs Water Gala is a feast of sand-fringed fun - ranging from a teddy bears' picnic, to live music and fireworks

To find out more about our coastline visit Beaches and Bays and Discover Thanet's Coast