Thanet Tourism
26th February 2024

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 spectacular bays 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 the closest to The Boating Pool with 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 (short walk up High Street from Baptist Church stop)

Local history and railway museum celebrating the life and achievements of Broadstairs man, Thomas Crampton. Throughout the season look out for special events - toy sales, car shows, model railway exhibitions

Crampton Tower Museum

Dickens House Museum (Victoria Parade stop)

Explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items. Pick up a copy of the Dickens Town Trail, to walk in Dickens’ footsteps, discovering places around town with a connection to the author. 

Dickens House Museum

Ramsgate Tunnels (Granville Theatre or Ramsgate Harbour stop)

Take a guided tours of a unique civilian wartime tunnel complex set in a Victorian Railway Tunnel. The complex was home to over 1000 people during the darkest period of WWII - don a hard hat and experience life underground. 

Ramsgate Tunnels

The Granville Theatre (Granville Theatre stop)

Reopened in May 2023 The Granville Theatre offers a full programme of musical theatre, music tribute acts, plays and pantomimes. Stop off for a visit to the cafe to enjoy views out to sea.

The Micro Museum and This Museum is (NOT) Obsolete (Short walk up Harbour Street and High Street from Ramsgate Harbour Stop)

The Micro Museum - Discover the history of personal computing and the inventors of the digital age. Play on classic games.

This Museum is (NOT) Obsolete - An interactive museum celebrating obsolete/experimental electronic technology, scientific, telecommunications music and more

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. Thanet Dayrider tickets can be bought from the bus driver or via the Stagecoach Bus App.

Hop on, hop off... For the full timetable of operating days, please check the details here

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. 

To discover other Thanet attractions click here. If you require further information on things to see and do, walking route leaflets, train and bus times or event information head to the Visitor Information Centres in Margate and Ramsgate and Broadstairs Information Kiosk