Margate Travel Guide

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Margate Things to Do

  • Great place if you can find it!

    I have noted many times on my Virtual Tourist pages that I am a great believer in local knowledge and so it was with the Northern Belle pub in Margate. I was in Margate one summer Sunday afternoon and bumped into my dear friend Geri, a long-time resident of the town. I asked her where would be a decent place for a drink and she told me the Northern...

  • A fascinating pub.

    I have mentioned other tips on my Broadstairs page about the proliferation of micropubs in East Kent. For those of you not aware of what a micropub is, generally it is a pub selling only beer, cider and sometimes wine but not spirits. I believe it is easier to get this type of licence, although don't quote me on that. They always stock "real ales"...

  • Visit the Theatre

    Theatre Royal in Addington Street is the second oldest theatre in the country a year round listing of shows is available from could also visit the Tom Thumb Theatre, in Cliftonville, which is the second smallest in the country, seating just 50 people at a time.Try out their Club Hydropathe: a weekly...

  • Turner Contemporary

    The Turner Contemporary art gallery, is located on the sea-front next to the visitor and information centre. The building itself would look more at home in an urban setting, but here it is jutting off the harbour wall like a huge modern art mollusc.Tracey Emin used to live in Margate and is famous for her unmade bed. But the exhibition I saw in...

  • Boy's Toys (girls also welcome)

    First, let me deal with the logistics and the way VT works if you are not aware. I actually walked easily to this place from Broadstairs although subsequent research shows that it is just technically in Margate. Readers of my other pages will know that I am a bit of a stickler (some would say obsessive) about putting my tips in the right places so...

  • The Loop Bus Ride

    The loop bus is a wonderful fast service that travels throughout the day between Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the huge Westwood Cross Shopping Malls. For 2.90 (2012 figures) you can get and and off all day long and travel throughout these areas. Every 10 - 15 minutes, even on Sundays and Bank Holidays.Ask any local where the bus stop is....

  • Antiquarian and Secondhand Bookshop

    I love rummaging in second hand book shops, especially ones that have a semblance of order and look clean and inviting. Tiverton Books ticks all those boxes, you can sit and read and rummage to your hearts content, It is down the steps next door to the Smiths Court Hotel in Cliftonville. Its opposite the bandstand. Great place to browse for old...

  • Arts, Galleries and Crafts

    Art is on the agenda in Margate: Try these all close to the Turner ContemporaryPie Factory Artists Studios, 5-9 Broad Street, for cultural activities, exhibitions, workshops and cafe Studios, 17 Albert Terrace overlooking the ocean near the Turner Contemporary. Gallery and meeting spaceMargate Modern Art, 9 King...

  • waste of space

    the turner art centre was built,using lottery funds. it is not befitting of the area,as no one that lives here,is into art. it is supposed to attract people from out of town,which it will. but once they have seen it,and the lack of facilities surrounding it,they wont come back!! margate is a bucket and spade seaside town,and thats what it will...


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Margate Restaurants

  • Oriental Fusion

    TY8 is an 'Oriental fusion' restaurant that has excellent food, excellent service and is great value for money. For around £15 a head you can each as much as you like, choosing from an extensive range of dishes including unlimited crispy duck if you like it! Alternatively you can choose from the A La Carte menu. I have to resist the temptation not...

  • Other good restaurants in Margate.

    Here are a few other restaurants worth checking out.*Pizzeria Trattoria Rosaria (Italian)12-15 Albert Terrace, Margate, CT9 1UJ01843 226 866*Giorgios - (International)19 Marine Gardens, Margate, CT9 1UH01843 293 500

  • New menu is worth a try

    Rosaria's has the best setting possible, overlooking the Margate sands. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and the food is excellent. The dishes are always freshly cooked and top quality ingredients are used. The menu is extensive, and they have now introduced an all you can eat menu, with slightly smaller portions so you can try even more...

  • Great curry!

    One of my favourite restaurants in Margate, the Ali Raj is located near to the main sands and within walking distance of the station. It is a large, modern restaurant divided in to two areas for smoking and non-smoking. (This will change to all non-smoking when the ban comes in to force). Mr Ali's curries are excellent and the portions are large....

  • Near the beach

    There are lots of various pubs and restaurants near the beach and at the center of the town. I'm sure, it's hard to miss them on your way;-) So, it's just impossible that you will stay hungry or thirsty there...


    Ther are plenty of fast food restaurants along the seafront. If you want a bit more 'class ' then head awy from the front . Try some side streets for great seafood restaurants.


Margate Nightlife

  • Lighthouse Bar

    The lighthouse Bar is a relatively new place located on the far end of the harbour wall next to the lighthouse (hence the name). You can sit inside or outside. Both options give you fabulous views of Margate. Inside the bar they have a wood burning stove and leather sofas, so it's really cosy in the winter. They have a good range of drinks, not...

  • A selection of nightclubs

    Escape nightclub - Young clientele, if you are over 25 you'll feel old! located on Margate seafront.Franks Appeals to a wider age range and plays a mix of music. - Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville.Club Caprice - Generally caters for a more mature clientele, although anyone is welcome! - located...

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Margate Transportation

  • Let the train take the strain

    One thing that used to slightly put me off going to Thanet from London was the amount of time it took to get there. After a half hour Tube journey to Victoria, it would have taken about two hours to get to Margate. However, there is now another option, the opening of the new High Speed Train (HST) to Margate has now considerably shortened the...

  • You'd be loopy not to!

    OK, so I "borrowed" the title for the tip from the company's own advertising but it really is appropriate for the shuttle bus service that operates around Thanet. It operates between Margate, Ramsgate Westwood Cross shopping centre and Broadstairs and with a weekday requency of about 10 minutes or less it is very reliable. It is not expensive and I...

  • London to Margate

    From Victoria Coach Station, take a National Express coach to Margate. The route goes via Margate to Ramsgate. This travel option isn't as quick as the train, but much cheaper; £13 for a day return, about £20 for a period return. (This may have gone up slightly, but I doubt by much).


Margate Shopping

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    by bumpychick Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    The main High Street in Margate has undergone a few changes recently, due to the fact that a large shopping centre (Westwood Cross) has been built out of town. Some of the bigger retailers have closed their Margate branches, but there are still quite a few shops to browse in, and now we have Westwood Cross too!

    What to buy: The typical holiday souveniers might include rock, postcards and cuddly toys. Tacky, and available in some of the seafront shops!

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Margate Local Customs

  • Margate vs Ramsgate

    Margate and Ramsgate are at the same East coast of England and pretty close to each other - just about 30 minutes of driving by car. We went to Ramsgate one day, but we liked Margate beach more as we were there before, so we turned our car and went back to Margate. So, it's only my personal opinion, but if you'd ask me I would recommend you to...


    Not so much a ' local ' custom .More of a tradition for my friends and I . The head shop is , as you might guess , a place to buy hats. Well , silly hats mainly ! I know , sad isnt it. And thats before the beer !!

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Margate Warnings and Dangers

  • Walking from railway to Cliftonville

    I had no idea when I arrived in Margate, that Cliftonville is a good 45 minute walk from the railway station. I dragged my suitcase after me sweltering in the august heat. People I stopped to ask for directions just said 'oh its around the corner' but it wasn'! it was much further... and past the Turner gallery it is up a steep hill before it...

  • Advice for Language students

    The towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are very popular with language students, and there are lots of schools catering for those of you who want to learn English. Please be warned that some of our local yobs (every where has them!) take exception to groups of students wandering round the town, and try to cause trouble for them. If you are...

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Margate Off The Beaten Path

  • Shell Grotto

    "In 1835 Mr James Newlove lowered his young son Joshua into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. Joshua emerged describing tunnels covered with shells. He had discovered the Shell Grotto; 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in...

  • Traffic

    If you're going to drive to Margate by car, keep in mind that traffic starts on Sunday afternoons at about 5 p.m. somewhere in the middle between Margate and London. Sometimes you can be stuck there for an hour or even longer. I'm not sure this is only on Sundays, but I guess so, as many people who live outside London, but work in London drive...

  • This postcard is of The Shell...

    This postcard is of The Shell Grotto in Margate. The Grotto is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. It's only small, but quite fascinating. It's estimated there are about 4.6 million shells covering the walls and ceilings of the tunnels. It was discovered in 1835 although nobody's quite sure what it was for. Some ideas are an ancient...


Margate Favorites

  • Sunsets

    My favourite thing to do is sit outside when of the seafront pubs on a summer's evening and watch the sunset. Margate sunsets can be as beautiful as any I've seen in the world As a student I studied in London. I used to travel home by train on the occasional weekend, and loved the moment when I stepped out of the station. You can immediately smell...

  • Sea water

    After the first swimming in the sea, I've found out that the water was really too salty for my eyes and lips. But, wait... If it's so salty, then I have to try something... It was a real fun, as I've never experienced this before. It was enough just to move my hands very slowly in the water and that's it - I still stayed above it :D A great...

  • Beach treasures

    I prefer beaches which are not too crowded, with great views and with some 'treasures': shelfs or stones. So then I have an extra activity in the beach. I can search for some nice stones or shelfs for to take them back home for my collection or just to take nice photos at the beach.


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