The Droit House, Stone Pier, Margate, Kent, CT9 1JD

Tel: +44 01843 577577



Creative, edgy, vibrant, playful, fun – it can only be Margate, ‘The Original Seaside’ where traditional coastal holiday charm is spiced through with vibrant art scenes. From the railway station you can walk straight to the beach, harbour or Old Town full of hipster hangouts, cool buzzy cafés, and contemporary and retro shops.

Then get to Margate’s beating artistic heart in the steps of JMW Turner who painted the famously atmospheric local sunsets – now Instagrammer heaven! Catch cutting-edge exhibitions by leading artists at Turner Contemporary, discover new waves of talent in independent galleries, and don’t miss Tracey Emin’s pink neon seafront homage to her home town: ‘I never stopped loving you’ – she is developing a gallery here too.

Margate’s eclectic mix of attractions is super family-friendly. Swoop around Dreamland, the iconic amusement park packed with vintage rides including the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster, plus a smorgasbord of live music events, food and drink. Puzzle over the curious Margate Caves murals and the mysterious Shell Grotto decorated with millions of shells. Roll science into fun at the quirky Crab Museum, unique in Europe, and enjoy interactive nostalgia at Hornby Visitor Centre of some of Britain’s best-loved toys.

Buying joint tickets to attractions like Margate Museum (journey through 5,000 years of history!) and the Tudor House are among tips for a great visit on a budget . Another tip is to explore the exotic Powell-Cotton Museum of African and Asian natural history collections, Quex House and Gardens at nearby Birchington: a hidden gem of the Isle of Thanet. Quex Park is bursting with activities and a tempting farm shop. Fancy having a go at something new, or up-skilling? Margate Cookery School and eco-friendly seashore foraging with Dr Forager are just two rewarding experiences on offer. Then how about evening entertainment? The Theatre, a seafront bar, or experimental music venue?

Always lively, always happening: Margate fizzes with year-round action and events like its Margate Bookie, Soul Festival and Carnival. For further information on Margate click here. Discover more to explore around the Isle of Thanet, the refreshing coast for all SEAsons.

Travel Information

Road Directions - M25 linking with M26, M20, M2 and A299 to Margate Public Transport - High Speed service from London St Pancras to Margate 90 minutes or services to London Victoria and Charing Cross By Bus: National Express coaches run from London Victoria to Margate 0871 781 8181 There is FREE CAR PARKING available every Saturday at Mill Lane, Margate and Harold Road, Cliftonville. Click here for more parking options for Margate

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What's Nearby

  1. Shell Grotto

    The Shell Grotto is one of the world's most mysterious places: a series of underground…

    0.08 miles away
  2. Margate Museum

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum…

    0.32 miles away
  3. Turner Contemporary

    Turner Contemporary is a visual arts organisation, based in Margate that celebrates JMW…

    0.36 miles away
  1. Margate Main Sands

    This timeless beach with tidal pool, children’s rides and amusement arcades offer…

    0.43 miles away
  2. Walpole Bay

    Walpole Bay is ideal for investigating fascinating rock and tidal pools.

    0.76 miles away
  3. Westbrook Bay

    This is a great family beach with a sandy bay with a small section of sand at high tide.

    1.09 miles away
  4. St Mildred's Bay

    A beautiful cliff lined sandy bay with promenade and tidal pool.

    1.89 miles away
  5. Botany Bay

    This hidden gem offers stunning views of white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks.

    2.05 miles away
  6. North Foreland Golf Club

    North Foreland Golf Club offers seaside golf at its best: with views of the sea from…

    2.1 miles away
  7. Kingsgate Bay

    Some of the best examples of sea caves in the country can be found here.

    2.31 miles away
  8. West Bay

    A completely tidal bay, with a long stretch of sand when the tide is out.

    2.5 miles away
  9. Joss Bay

    A surfer’s paradise, this popular 200-metre long bay is known as the best surfing beach…

    2.54 miles away
  10. Crampton Tower Museum

    The Crampton Tower Museum is a fascinating small museum is partly housed in a flint tower…

    2.7 miles away
  11. Stone Bay

    A beautiful bay with scope for rock pooling.

    2.84 miles away
  12. Joss Bay Surf School

    South East England’s premiere surf school. Established in 1998 we have given thousands of…

    2.9 miles away
  13. Dickens House Museum

    The museum is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of…

    3.05 miles away
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