Margate - Ramsgate - Broadstairs Coast Guide
If you do not know the area you will be surprised to find such traditional seaside resorts on the estuary to the Thames and within a hour and a half's drive from London. However these three resorts, which sit on an eastern promontory of Kent are as traditional as you can get - with golden beaches, harbours and marinas, attractions and good bathing water quality. So it is perhaps not surprising to find that they are so popular with visitors.
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Ramsgate presents an enticing mix of maritime history, cosmopolitan pizzazz and traditional seaside appeal. The town has a good harbour and marina, sandy beaches and stunning views from the nearby cliff tops. Much of the town is Victorian or Regency in origin and the town has had some distinguished visitors. Ramsgate was granted ‘royal’ status for its harbour in 1821 in recognition of the hospitality given to King George IV when he sailed from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron on his way to Hanover. Ramsgate has two main beaches both of which are sandy and gently sloping.
Margate is well known for its 9 miles of sandy beaches and traditional seaside pleasures such as cockles and winkles, fish and chips, amusements and attractions. Indeed some of the greatest seaside icons were invented here. In 1736 John Barber, a local glove maker invented the first covered bathing machine and Margate was the first resort to have donkey rides in 1790 and the first to introduce deck chairs in 1898. Now your more likely to find kite surfing and sailing boats as the town responds to the changing tastes of its visitors. There are six beaches available around Margate most with sand and easy access. At the main beach you will find rides and amusements as well as plenty of cafes and refreshments.
Broadstairs is renown for two things - its seven sandy beaches and for being the location of Charles Dickens holiday home, Bleak House which overlooks the town. The main beach is Viking Bay, which was given the name as it was the landing place of these Norse invaders many years ago.
Places to visit in Margate and Ramsgate - attractions
Play Bay - Indoor play area for younger children - 100-114 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate Harbour, Kent, CT11 8LP Phone: 01843 590591
Ramsgate Maritime Museum - The Clock House Pier Yard Royal Harbour CT11 8LS Telephone: 01843 570622
The Shell Grotto - Underground rooms and passages covered in shells - Grotto Hill Margate Kent CT9 2BU Telephone: +44(0)1843 220008
RAF Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Trust - The Memorial Building, The Airfield, Manston Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5DF Phone: 01843 821940
Strokes Adventure Golf - Westbrook Promenade, Westbrook Margate CT9 5BJ Telephone: 01843 294970
Margate Caves - 1, Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent CT9 1QQ Tel: +44 (0)1843 220 139
Bleak House Dickens Museum - House where Charles Dickens stayed and wrote - Broadstairs Kent Phone: 01843 862224
The Viking Ship 'Hugin' - Permanent display of replica Viking ship - Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11
Howlett's Wild Animal Park - Seventy acre park with large collection of gorillas - Bekesbourne Nr. Canterbury Kent CT4 5EL Tel: +44 (0)8707 504 647
Map of Margate and Ramsgate area