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Hidden Gems

Discover more to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate with your group

Discover more to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate - fascinating collections from Major Powell-Cotton, costumed tour characters, examples of WWII fighters, home built and designed by Augustus Pugin, underground tunnels used as home during WWII or displays of the nation’s best loved toys

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens
Tucked away in Birchington, the museum displays incredible natural history dioramas of animals from the African and Asian continents alongside world-culture collections and local archaeology. Tours of Grade II listed Quex House, displaying furniture and decorative Asian objects from the museums’ collection are available on open days as are the stunning 7 acres of gardens including fully accessible woodland walk, lawns and walled garden.

At Quex Park you can find Quex Craft Village, Quex Barn Farmers market and restaurant, Quex Adventure Golf and more 

Margate Museum and Tudor House
Discover Margate: sea bathing machines, paddle steamers, shipwrecks and day-trippers in the Old Police Station in Margate Old town

The Tudor House is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Kent; it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer

Shell Grotto
One big mystery – 70ft of winding underground passages, decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells

Margate Caves 
Venture underground and explore a subterranean wonder

Hornby Visitor Centre
Featuring treasures from the company’s archives dating back as far as the 1920s and fascinating displays about some of the nation’s best loved toys - Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi.

St Peter’s Village Tour
Four award winning free guided walks around the historical village and churchyard of St Peter’s brought to life by costumed characters. 

Dickens House Museum
Explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items in the home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. See original prints, costumes and Victoriana

Ramsgate Tunnels
This complex of underground tunnels was home to over 1,000 people during the darkest period of WWII – come and experience how life underground was for them.

Ramsgate Maritime Museum
Discover connections to ‘The Titanic’ and see Ramsgate’s own Meridian Line and objects raised from Stuart warships lost on the Goodwin Sands

'Pugin' The Grange and St Augustine’s Church
A Grade I listed house designed and lived in by 19th century architect Augustus Pugin who is best known for the magnificent interiors, furnishings and fittings of the Houses of Parliament. His contribution to the townscape of Ramsgate brought lasting fame to the town and can be seen from the East Cliff to the West Cliff.

St Augustine’s Church next to the home built and designed by Augustus Pugin, where the family vault is located beneath the Pugin Chantry.

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum
Splendid examples of the two WWII fighter aircraft which served the RAF so well in many areas of battle, both at home and overseas.Experience being a pilot yourself on the Spitfire simulator

RAF Manston History Museum
Museum based on the history of the airfield from 1916 to present day, including artifacts from WWI to modern search and rescue operations and its move to Civil aviation

Minster Abbey
Founded in 670AD by Princess Ermenburga, one of England’s oldest religious buildings, currently occupied by Benedictine nuns.

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