Explore wonderful Thanet

Margate is bursting with cultural renaissance in the pretty Old Town with galleries, quirky shops, new café culture and of course cutting edge art. The artist JMW Turner loved the town's sparkling light and rich simmering sunsets, and Turner Contemporary, the landmark art gallery, is sited on the seafront just where he used to stay.

Wander along the newly upbeat Margate Harbour Arm to browse artists' studios or relax in the restaurant or bar. Maybe flex your cultural muscles a little more on a four-mile Turner and Dickens Walk to Broadstairs.

Margate still offers all the picture-postcard appeal of golden childhood holidays, timeless sandy beaches, bucket-and-spade fun, candyfloss and fish & chips, plus fresh-air activities such as the family-friendly Viking Coastal cycle trail, golf (18 holes, mini or adventure) and exciting modern watersports for those who dare. Plenty to keep the kids occupied. And you can enjoy the nostalgia of Britain's best-loved toys in the Hornby Visitor Centre. More indoor activity can be found in the 70ft of winding underground passages at the mysterious Shell Grotto. Learn all about the natural wonders of the coast with seashore safaris and the Rock Doc.


Thanet's 15 sandy beaches and bays stretch from Pegwell Bay in the south to Minnis Bay in the north. Long famous for their beauty, this year they've notched up...Read More

Must See Places

Heritage and culture is equally varied with Dickens, Pugin and the Vikings! There’s diverse entertainment at the Edwardian Winter Gardens, the venerable Theatre Royal and tiny Tom Thumb...Read More

What’s on

World-class art exhibitions and sports contests. Festivals celebrating folk music and great food and drink. The diaries of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate events merit a closer look....Read More


From browsing for big-name brands, to hunting for shabby-chic antiques, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate do retail therapy well. The Isle's three resorts are home to all the well-loved...Read More

Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all. Inspired by JMW Turner’s sense of enquiry, we offer a space for...Read More


Theatre Royal Margate is Britain's second oldest theatre dating back to 1787 in one of Margate's most fashionable squares. It's heir to over 200 years of tradition and perhaps southern England's...Read More