Magical Margate

Start and end: Margate Railway Station (CT9 5AD)

Noted for its healthy sea air and sunshine, Margate was once the pre-eminent coastal resort for Londoners fleeing the capital to escape the smog and became known as ‘London’s playground.’

On this self-guided walk, discover the origins of this traditional seaside resort and see how it evolved from a small fishing village to become the home of one of Europe’s most influential art galleries. Discover how the town’s location, close to the capital in one direction and the Continent in another, and its natural resources - golden sandy beaches and a fair climate - helped to shape its fortunes as a popular resort.

Explore the historic old town with its curious alleyways and cobbled streets, discover the genteel resort of Cliftonville, see a lady made of shells, amble through the valley of a lost river and walk in the footsteps of a Modernist poet and a Romantic painter. 

Visit the Discovering Britain website to download the booklet or audio guide