Isle Explores - Open Air Scenic Tours

Fancy a day (or two) discovering Broadstairs and Ramsgate, soaking up breathtaking coastal views with the wind in your hair, whilst being able to visit a range of fantastic attractions at your leisure? Then a trip on Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus is just the ticket - super seaside fun for young and old alike.

The bus runs between Stone Bay in Broadstairs and the Boating Pool in Ramsgate, with several stops between the two, where you can alight for refreshments, explore the towns, play on the beach or learn more about the resorts’ history and heritage.

If it’s beach fun you’re after, there are six award-winning ones to choose from, all with lovely golden sand. First up is Stone Bay, popular with families who like rock pooling. The magnificent horse-shoe shaped Viking Bay is next (hop-off at Victoria Parade), with a clifftop promenade and gardens plus a surf school and children’s rides on the beach. Louisa Bay, another great bay for rockpooling, is a short, sandy or promenade stroll away. Quiet Dumpton Gap is next, followed by Ramsgate Main Sands (Ramsgate Harbour stop), which sits right next to the beautiful Royal Harbour and the waterfront, cosmopolitan in feel and with spectacular views of the marina. Western Undercliff is located next to the port and has tidal pools to explore.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

You can enhance your travel with a bit of history and heritage, visiting some of our many attractions (follow the links below for further info, opening times and prices)

Crampton Tower Museum (Victoria Parade stop)

Local history and railway museum celebrating the life and achievements of Broadstairs man, Thomas Crampton.

Crampton Tower Museum

Broadstairs Town Walks (Victoria Parade stop)

Stroll around Broadstairs taking in 600 years of history

Broadstairs Town Walks

Dickens House Museum (Victoria Parade stop)

Explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items.

Dickens House Museum

Ramsgate Tunnels (Granville Theatre or Ramsgate Harbour stop)

Guided tours of a unique civilian wartime tunnel complex set in a Victorian Railway Tunnel.

Ramsgate Tunnels

Maritime Museum and Steam Tug Cervia (Ramsgate Harbour stop)

See object from Stuart warships, Ramsgate’s own Meridian Line and the original steam tug Cervia.

Ramsgate Maritime Museum

The Micro Museum (Ramsgate Harbour Stop)

Discover the history of personal computing and the inventors of the digital age. Play on classic games.

The Micro Museum

St. Augustine & Pugin: Shrine and Visitor Centre (West Cliff, Boating Pool stop)

Personal church and burial place of the architect Augustus Pugin. Shrine of St. Augustine of England.

St. Augustine & Pugin: Shrine and Visitor Centre

Pugin’s The Grange (West Cliff, Boating Pool stop)

Grade 1 listed house designed and lived in by the 19th century architect Augustus Pugin.

Pugin’s The Grange

The beauty of the open top bus is that you can enjoy it more than once, but make each time different.

Tickets are just £2 adult single and £1 for a child single. To hop on and off as much as you like in a day it’s £4.50 on bus or £4.20 on app for an adult and £3.20 on bus or £3.10 on app for under 19.

Hop on, hop off... Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus route 69 runs every weekend until 21 July. From 24 July to 1 September it operates daily, then every weekend until 29 September. Timetables are available at

To visit other Isle of Thanet attractions by bus, use the Thanet Loop service which runs every 8 minutes Mondays to Saturdays and every 10 minutes on Sundays. Stagecoach has just invested £4 million in 24 brand new buses for the route, which have the latest ‘Euro 6’ cleaner and greener engines, WiFi and USB charging points and high back, double-padded seats.

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