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Pocket Guide: Margate

Margate, one of three major seaside resorts on the Isle of Thanet, is traditionally the most boisterous of the trio. Broadstairs and Ramsgate tend to be slightly more laid back, with a more relaxed and less hectic feel. Day-trippers have been coming to Margate for many decades from nearby conurbations like London, back in early Victorian times arriving by steam boat before the train network reached town. There's a fabulous choice of traditional B&B and guesthouse accommodation in and around Margate, as well as many first-class hotels, so you'll have plenty of places to stay when you visit this delightful old resort.

Stay in a Hotel in Kent for Margate and the Seaside

Margate has a range of fun resorts and fairground rides, making it popular with children and teenagers as well as other groups of visitors. There are also lots of attractions in the surrounding area such as Quex House, a 19th century residence set in exquisite grounds which is a good destination for an afternoon's outing from your Margate hotel or B&B. There's a museum next door with impressive collections of Oriental and African art, and dioramas of wildlife in the tropics. Just to the west of here is a Saxon church, built using what was left of the old Roman settlement of Reculver. Visitors come to see the dramatic Two Sisters towers, which were added to the church in the 12th Century. Because they were useful for sending signals to shipping they were spared proposed demolition in 1809.

Enjoy Attractions in Margate from a Kent Hotel

Other Margate treasures you can explore when you stay nearby at a Kent hotel or guesthouse include the fascinating Powell-Cotton Museum with its Japanese jade objects and African fertility dolls. At the Hornby Visitor Centre you can take a trip down memory lane with Corgi toys, Scalextric tracks and model railways. The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate showcases contemporary and historical works, and reminds us that the great man himself, JMW Turner, was drawn repeatedly to Margate because of the quality of its natural light and glorious land and seascapes.

Stay at a smart local hotel such as Westbrook Lodge Guest House to enjoy a wonderful break in sunny Margate.