Things to do in margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

There is so much to see and do during your visit

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate overflow with things to do. Free or paid-for, from big-name attractions to tucked-away gems, the Isle has countless ways to entertain.

Turner Contemporary is simply world-class; a cutting-edge arts space that rightly draws the crowds. At Quex Park, the Powell-Cotton Museum forms a treasure trove of intriguing world artefacts.  Nostalgia-inducing Hornby Visitor Centre is chock-full of model trains, Scalextric sets and Corgi cars. The memorabilia-packed Dickens House Museum is set in the historic home of Mary Pearson Strong, the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield.

Margate's mysterious Shell Grotto uniquely blends underground passages, vast mosaics and 4.6 million shells. In Broadstairs, Crampton Tower Museum offers a fascinating insight into the water-works and railways of Victorian engineers.

The Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum at Manston contains real rarities: two of the famous WWII aircraft, plus war-time artefacts and a Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb. At the quayside Ramsgate Maritime Museum, showcases artefacts from the port's seafaring past.

Thanet's great outdoors beckons too. Its impressive 15 sandy beaches and bays offer everything from surfing and family-friendly fun, to get-away-from-it-all escapes.

Opportunities for activities are everywhere. Learn to surf, sail or kite-surf. Swim in the sea or take a dip in a leisure pool. Enjoy superb golf courses, wildlife-watching boat trips, and skateboarding, climbing and rollerblading at the Revolution Skate Park

The delightful, 32-mile (51.4km) Viking Coastal Trail skirts tranquil farmland and sandy shores. Ramsgate's Pugin Town Trail reveals the fabulous designs of the famous architect and his sons. The Turner and Dickens Walk is a 4-mile (6.4km), history-packed stroll between Turner's Margate and Dickens' Broadstairs. And all over the Isle, volunteer Kent Greeters are waiting to make you feel right at home. This summer look out for the Margate Rickshaw offering free trips at weekends and school holidays around the Old Town and seafront

Thanet excels at tempting places to eat and drink. Foodies feast on just-caught fish; award-winning waterfront eateries transform fine local produce; fish and chip shops abound; vintage ice-cream parlours entice you towards desert.

Westwood Cross offers mall-style shopping, while independent stores pepper the Isle's resorts and villages. Irresistible farmers' markets and delis draw gastronomes to Cliftonville Farmers Market and Quex Barn

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