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Why choose Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate for your group visit? We've come up with some reasons to help plan your visit

The seaside towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are situated on the north-eastern coast of Kent and can be easily reached from London and mainland Europe via good road, rail and ferry services

  • M25 links to M26, M20, M2 and A299 
  • St. Pancras International Station, London to Ramsgate – 75 minutes
  • Ferry services into Dover (approx 20 miles/32 km from Ramsgate)
  • Eurotunnel into Folkestone (approx 30 miles/42 km from Ramsgate)


  • Miles of glorious coastline and 16 sandy beaches and bays
  • Award winning sandy beaches – 4 with Blue Flags, 12 with Seaside Awards (2024)
  • The Thanet coastline represents 20% of the UK’s and 12% of Europe’s coast chalk. It is the longest continuous stretch of chalk coast in Britain
  • Watersports – Kite Surfing, Surfing, Sailing, SUP (Standup paddle boarding)
  • Boat Trips – Seal Colony, Wind Farm, Sea Forts, Beaches and Bays
  • Viking Coastal Trail circular cycle route (32 miles/51.4 km)
  • Seafront and clifftop restaurants, cafes, bars and ice cream parlours
  • Only Royal Harbour in the country at Ramsgate


Food and Drink

Famous Faces

  • Charles Dickens (Dickens House Museum, Bleak House (external viewing), Turner and Dickens Walk, annual Broadstairs Dickens Festival in June)
  • AWN Pugin (The Grange, St. Augustine’s Church, Pugin Town Trail (self-guided walk))
  • JMW Turner (Turner Contemporary, Turner and Dickens Walk)
  • Tracey Emin (Neon sign on Droit House and artists studio in Margate)
  • For information on more Thanet Famous Faces, click here 

Key Annual Events

  • February
    *Broadstairs Blues Bash - free Blues music festival with local, national and international acts 
  • June
    *Broadstairs Dickens Festival - Celebrating the life, times and works of Charles Dickens 
  • July/August
    *Ramsgate Week - a regatta with competitors from France, Belgium, Holland and the UK 
  • August
    *Broadstairs Folk Week - folk music, song and dance with over 500 events across the town
  • *Ramsgate Festival of Sound – week long feast of art, theatre, music and more around the town
  • September
    *Heritage Open Days - Chance to visit and discover architectural treasures, with a range of tours, events and activities at various heritage attractions around Thanet
  • September/October
    *Broadstairs Food Festival - popular event with cooking demonstrations, fresh produce sales and much more

Accommodation (20+ ensuite rooms)

  • Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum (36 rooms) – 3* Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate
  • The Yarrow Hotel - Thanet Accommodation Charter, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs 
  • San Clu Hotel (44 rooms) – 3* Hotel, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate
  • Pegwell Bay Hotel (42 rooms) – 3* Hotel, Pegwell Road, Ramsgate
  • Holiday Inn Express (105 rooms) – Thanet Accommodation Charter, Tothill Street, Minster, near Ramsgate

For further information on accommodation click here

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