Margate is a vibrant seaside town in Kent. There is plenty of traditional seaside charm to be soaked up here, but there’s more to Margate than sandcastles. A cultural renaissance has lead to a new buzz about town and a new world-class art gallery that is most certainly worth visiting. Read on for our Spotlight on… Margate.
Did you know?
During The Second World War, Margate served as a receiving station for some of the 46,000 troops that were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France.
Where is it?
Margate is situated on the north Kent coast just 2 hours drive from London.
What to do
The Shell Grotto
The Shell Grotto is a 70ft chamber of winding underground passages. Discovered in 1835, almost the entire surface of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created from roughly 4.6 million seashells. The origins of the Shell Grotto are still a great mystery, with its age and original purpose unknown.
Closed for 10 years but re-opened in at the start of the summer 2015, where better in the UK can you recreate the glory of the British seaside glory than Dreamland? Spend the afternoon enjoying the restored rides and amusements of a British tourism icon that opened its doors for the first time way back in 1920.
Turner Contemporary Art Gallery
Like Tate St Ives, Turner Contemporary is a world-class art gallery that has made its home on the British seaside. Showcasing both historical and contemporary art, the space is on the same site that celebrated artist JMW Turner stayed when visiting the town. Founded in 2001, the Turner Contemporary has played a major role in the rejuvenation of Margate into a modern, artistic and confident town.
What to eat
If you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary in Margate Old Town, head to the Mad Hatter restaurant for a unique dining experience. A Christmas theme all year round and a proprietor that lives up to the name of the establishment. The cafe is only open on Saturdays from 11:30 to 17:30 but it is certainly worth dropping by for tea, sandwiches and cakes.
Where to stay
This beautiful cottage is pet-friendly and is perfect for a seaside holiday. Both Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery are within easy reach. The cottage itself is well equipped and has everything you could need for a comfortable and relaxing stay.