Looking along Margate defence steps to Turner Contemporary and harbour with a sailing yacht
Margate Harbour and Turner Contemporary
Shop front with items outside for sale, flat entrances and people sat outside restaurant on beaches. Table and benches in the road. At the end of the road traffic going pass
Margate Old Town
Empty beach at end of day with tide up filling the tidal pool. Sun reflecting on seafront buildings (shops, restaurants, flats), harbour arm and gallery
Sweep of Margate Main Sands
Sunset at Margate Harbour
Sunset at Margate Harbour
Two ladies sat at table on terrace of Turner Contemporary drinking. Other tables in use in area with concrete wall on left hand glazed wall of cafe on right. Bright blue sky with some white cloud.
Turner Contemporary Cafe with Margate Main Sands in background
Couples and groups of people sat on seafront defence steps with sea lapping around bottom. Looking across to Harbour arm with businesses offering food, drinks and gallery all with different coloured doors
Margate Harbour Arm and steps
Looking across sandy beach with people sat or playing in the sea. Stone pier in background with flats, businesses and gallery building. Blue sky with some white cloud
Margate Main Sands
People sat outside at tables eating and drinking from local cafes surrounding the cobbled area. Bright blue sky. Trees and hanging baskets dotted around
Margate Old Town
Looking towards boating pool with two blue information beach huts, beach flag and groups of people sat on the sandy beach.  Clear blue sky
Margate Main Sands

Margate - The Original Seaside

Where beach holidays and modern art are seriously cool

In Margate, seaside kitsch is uber-cool. Visit and celebrate age-old resort-town traditions – sandy beaches, fish n’ chips, seafood stalls and shore-side rides, all with a hip new twist. Capture a famous Turner sunset whilst settled on the seafront steps or a seafront bar, cafe or restaurant. 

Tour Turner Contemporary - an acclaimed international art gallery where collections range from edgy and challenging to accessible and fun. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of it opening. Rejuvenated Margate is home to Dreamland – an iconic amusement park delivering vintage rides including the UK's oldest wooden roller coaster, plus all the fun of the festival with popup entertainment, live music, bars and restaurants to delight all generations. 2020 marked the 100th anniversary since Dreamland opened with the Scenic Railway 

All around Margate you’ll see why it deserves the title, capital of British cool: a regenerated Old Town and Harbour Arm packed with hipster hangouts, buzzy cafes and retro shops. The town so beloved by JMW Turner and Tracey Emin is now attracting waves of artists, galleries and innovative firms. 

In Margate you’ll discover a shell grotto, a Tudor House, a wealth of amazing history at the town's museum, unique theatres, plus indoor and outdoor adventure golf.  You’ll enjoy strolls on the sand and watching romantic sunset skies reflected in the sea. In fact, the things that have delighted for generations, re-invented with a retro vibe.

Newer additions not to miss include the reopened Margate Caves, where you can discover their intriguing history, including an iron age skeleton and a visionary school mistress. Uncover murder, suspicious death and skullduggery on an historical Murky Margate tour or delve into all things decapod at the totally clawesome Crab Museum.

FREE CAR PARKING is available every Saturday at Mill Lane, Margate and Harold Road, Cliftonville

Discover more of what Margate has to offer and hidden gems with our insider's guide video

Looking for places to stay in Margate? Margate offers seafront hotels with stunning views, boutique B&Bs and guest houses to quaint seaside self catering properties 

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