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 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 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 and for something a bit different head to The Micro Museum, to find out about the ideas that led to the invention of the home computer

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 

Learn to surf and sail. Swim in the sea or take a dip in a leisure pool. Enjoy superb golf courses, seal boat trips, skateboarding and climbing 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. The Turner and Dickens Walka 4-mile (6.4km), history-packed stroll between Turner's Margate and Dickens' Broadstairs. And volunteer Kent Greeters are waiting to make you feel right at home. 

Thanet excels at tempting places to eat and drink. Foodies feast at waterfront eateries, country pubs, fish and chip shops to vintage ice-cream parlours.

Westwood Cross offers mall-style shopping, while independent stores pepper the Isle's resorts and villages. Gastronomes are drawn to Cliftonville Farmers Market and Quex Barn

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