3rd July 2024

Get a different perspective of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate with 7 ways to view the area. From two wheels to the sky, land level to birds eye. What will you spot?

1) Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus

Hop on and off as you travel between Ramsgate and Broadstairs on Stagecoach’s seasonal Open Top Bus route 69.

Feel the sea breeze and take in spectacular views from up on high as the scenic ride takes you between Stone Bay, Broadstairs and the boating pool in Ramsgate.

Open Top Bus

2) Dreamland’s Big Wheel 

At 35 meters high, the Big Wheel offers spectacular views of Dreamland, Margate and our award-winning coastline.

The wheel goes at just the right speed for a game of I Spy or a quick snap for your Instagram account.

Dreamland at night

3) Fly high with a helicopter flight

Spread your wings and fly away on an exhilarating helicopter flight.

Experience taking to the controls on a trial flight lesson or enjoy an awesome sightseeing tour spotting local landmarks and our amazing coastline from above.

Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs

4) Make waves 

Find your sea legs and head out on a boat trip to see not just seals in their natural environment but also to get a different perspective of the isle's  coastline. 

With the closest surfing beaches to London, Broadstairs offers the perfect location for some sea adventures, with not just one, but two surf schools - Joss Bay Surf School at rural Joss Bay and Kent Surf School at the town’s main beach Viking Bay. They also offer Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons. Can you master the waves?

For a gentler trip or to tick something off your bucket list, join an Active Ramsgate guided canoe safari that will take you through one of the country's most important protected bird sites, Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve.

Surfing at Joss Bay, Broadstairs

5) Cycle the Viking Coastal Trail

Take to two wheels and coast along the 32 mile (51.4km) Viking Coastal Trail cycle route. Passing by 16 beaches and bays before heading inland through pretty rural villages, including St. Nicholas-at-Wade, Monkton and Minster.

There are plenty of lovely pitstops and you won’t be disappointed with the views along the way. Challenge yourself to complete the whole route, or break it down into smaller chunks.

Viking Coastal Trail

6) Walk on the Isle side

For a more leisurely view of the area, why not join a guided walk like St Peter’s Village Tour, Broadstairs History Walk, Ramsgate Costumed Walks or undertake a self-guided stroll on the Pugin Town Trail, Margate Heritage Trail, or Turner and Dickens trail.

You’ll be amazed at the fun ways you can discover our history and heritage with a walk on the Isle.

St Peter's Village Tour

7) Go Underground 

Head underground to see what lurks beneath your feet...

Ramsgate Tunnels, provided shelter for 60,000 people during WWII and was a permanent home for over 1,000 people. Don a hard hat and grab a light to explore and experience what it was like to live underground.

Can you solve the mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto that has been unanswered since 1838? Is it a pagan temple, a meeting place? Travel to another underground world, where the walls are covered with 4.6 million shells!

Did you know that Margate has caves? Originally dug as a chalk quarry in the 17th and 18th centuries, with intriguing murals on the walls, the caves have welcomed visitors since 1863 and are once again, alongside a visitor centre.

Margate's Shell Grotto