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From traditional holiday-town charm, a world-class art gallery, sandy beaches, a cool café culture and tempting retro shops. Margate – ‘The Original Seaside’, is waiting to welcome you

Visit and celebrate age-old resort-town traditions – sandy beaches, fish n’ chips, seafood stalls and shore-side rides, all with a hip new twist. Capture a famous Turner sunset whilst settled on the seafront steps or a seafront bar, cafe or restaurant. 

Visit the Turner Contemporary - an acclaimed international art gallery where collections range from edgy and challenging to accessible and fun. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of it opening.

All around Margate you’ll see why it deserves the title, capital of British cool: a regenerated Old Town and Harbour Arm packed with hipster hangouts, buzzy cafes and retro shops. The town so beloved by JMW Turner and Tracey Emin is now attracting waves of artists, galleries and innovative firms. 

If you're looking for family friendly things to do in Margate why not discover the shell grotto or the newly reopened Margate Caves. Try adventure golf, unique theatres, strolls on the sand and romantic sunset skies. In fact, the things that have delighted for generations, re-invented with a retro vibe. 

For fine dining in Margate, why not watch the waves from the snug comfort of Angela’s, a 24-cover restaurant which was awarded the new Michelin Green Star for Gastronomy and sustainability in 2021.

Travelling to Margate from London

Margate is just 1 hour 30 minutes from London by train, so perfect for a coastal staycation from London. 

Parking in Margate:

There is FREE CAR PARKING is available every Saturday at Mill Lane, Margate and Harold Road, Cliftonville

For other places to park click here

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