Margate, Broadstairs and ramsgate Calm Coast
The Isle of Thanet’s Georgian and Victorian architecture evokes a gentler age. Your toughest call will be whether to lounge on secluded unspoilt sandy bays, take a gentle promenade stroll, or stride off on a cliff top walk.
Many of our 15 golden beaches and bays repeatedly clock up awards. Discover quiet coves dotted with chalk stacks, rock pools and sea caves. Then roam over rural sweeps of sand, stretches of untouched sea cliffs and nature havens alive with wildlife. Prime spots to get away from it all include tranquil Botany Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Stone Bay, Dumpton Gap and Pegwell Bay.
Here, you can be as active, or not, as you choose. Delight in the excellent bird watching at Sandwich and the National Nature Reserve at Pegwell Bay. Go sea-angling on a boat trip from Ramsgate Harbour, before heading to Margate to discover how historic photos can chart coastal and climate change.
Or simply settle down to watch the sun set amid Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate’s famously romantic, evening skies - views that have long inspired writers and artists.
Encounter these creative links on the restored 4-mile trail between JMW Turner’s Margate and Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs. Or set off on a history-rich, self-guided stroll; highlights include Ramsgate’s Pugin Town Trail, Margate’s Heritage Trail and the Broadstairs Town Trail.
Love cycling and walking? The highly scenic, 51.4km (32 mile) Viking Coastal Trail features superb shorter stretches too. For a real insider guide, link up with a Countryside Greeter - local enthusiasts happy to share their knowledge. Guided walks include those exploring the secrets of seaweed, and the award-winning St Peter’s Village Tour, where costumed characters bring the past vividly to life.
This wealth of serene delights is just 75 minutes from central London. Making Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate perfectly peaceful places to enjoy the laidback seaside vibe of unspoilt coves and timeless seaside days.