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Margate Main Sands


Margate, the original seaside destination, home to Turner Contemporary and Dreamland has a popular wide sandy bay - Margate Main Sands

This timeless beach with children's rides and amusement arcades caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Even if the tide is in there is still plenty of beach to make sand castles. Restaurants, bars and seafood stalls are just a short walk away in the Old Town or overlooking the beach.

With JMW Turner stating that Margate has "the loveliest skies in all of Europe" there is nothing better than watching the colours reflect over the bay of an evening.

  • Blue Flag Award 2023
  • Seasonal Toilets
  • 2023 Seasonal Lifeguards:Daily Saturday 27th May – Sunday 3rd September 10am-6pm
  • Beach shop
  • Deck chair and lounger hire - Deckchair for day £3, Lounger £4, Windbreak/Umbrella £4
  • Bay information
  • First aid point
  • Disabled access to the beach
  • Disabled Toilets (Station end of beach)
  • Dog ban in place from 1st May until 30th September, dogs not permitted any time.
  • Parking close by
  • Sea Scrub Sauna - new for Summer 2023
  • Accessibility Statement

Be Beach Safe. This means checking the weather and the tides, keeping an eye on your family, and not using inflatables. In an emergency, call 999 for the Coastguard. 

Please remember, if you are visiting our beaches and bays, 'Respect, Protect and Enjoy' and leave only your footprints. 


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