Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are a string of seaside resort towns that have grown together to form a conurbation that is sometimes called the Thanet District or the Isle of Thanet.
Margate is a lively coastal town that, not too long ago, was somewhat of a decaying seaside resort. However, it has recently undergone a renaissance with Londoners moving in and opening quirky independent businesses in what was once a neglected town centre. Margate now welcomes visitors with its sandy beaches, vibrant art scene and rejuvenated historic Old Town. A highlight is the Turner Contemporary, an art gallery showcasing contemporary and modern art, inspired by JMW Turner’s connection to the area. Other attractions include the scenic seafront promenade, the recently reopened Dreamland amusement park and the intriguing Shell Grotto, an underground passageway adorned with millions of seashells.
Broadstairs is an English seaside resort that somehow doesn’t feel tacky and it even exudes an old-world charm with its quaint streets and beautiful sandy bays. Many visitors come to see the Dickens House Museum to embrace the literary heritage of Charles Dickens, who spent many summers here. Visitors can also enjoy panoramic views from the picturesque Viking Bay, a popular spot for swimming and water sports.
Ramsgate, with its bustling harbour and maritime history, offers a blend of coastal beauty and nautical charm. Here you can explore the Ramsgate Tunnels, a network of underground passages used during World War II, and delve into the town’s maritime past at the Ramsgate Maritime Museum and also take a leisurely stroll along the Royal Harbour, lined with an array of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, that offer a vibrant atmosphere and lovely views.
Each town in the Thanet region has its unique character and attractions, making it a perfect destination for a diverse coastal experience. Whether it’s the art and culture of Margate, the old-world charm of Broadstairs, or the maritime heritage of Ramsgate, there’s something to appeal to most travellers in this corner of Kent.