Kingsgate Bay

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, some of the facilities listed on this record may have changed.

Kingsgate Bay has no Lifeguard provision, or Public Toilets, although you can walk (15 minutes) to adjacent Joss Bay or Botany Bay, where you'll find RNLI Lifeguard cover, as well as Public Toilets.

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Kingsgate Bay was originally called “St Bartholomew’s Gate” until King Charles II landed here in 1683 with his brother the Duke of York  and he ordered that the name be changed. Above the beach sits Kingsgate Castle built in 1763.

Kingsgate Bay has some of the best examples of sea caves in Thanet and is around 150 metres wide. The sandy bay offers calm and seclusion and is accessible via a set of steep steps. While sand is exposed at high tide, the beach does get cut off by the sea at both ends. 

  • Beach chalet hire via Your Leisure 
  • Public house nearby - The Captain Digby
  • Cafe/Restaurant nearby at Botany Bay or Joss Bay
  • This bay is dog-friendly all year round


Kingsgate Bay
Whiteness Road
CT10 3QH