For more than two centuries Margate has been one of the South East's top short-break destinations. With central London less than two hours away by train, this coastal town attracts visitors keen to enjoy the sea air and romantic walks, along with its beach, museums, art galleries and restaurants. We have a great selection of Margate hotels to choose from and you're sure to find accommodation to suit your budget and requirements.
Art and culture
The reputation of Margate as a hub for art and culture is growing, undoubtedly supported by the opening of the Turner Contemporary modern art gallery on the seafront. Built to celebrate JMW Turner's connection with the seaside town, the gallery has exhibited work by a wide variety of artists including Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin, who was brought up in the town.
To learn more about the area and its history visit Margate Museum, housed in the town's second-oldest building. Live entertainment is on offer at the Theatre Royal, which hosts a varied programme of events covering everything from comedy and stage productions to live music and ballet.
For many visitors, the town's seafront promenade, Margate Main Sands and the stunning views on offer are enough of a reason to visit time and again. There are however a variety of other attractions to enjoy nearby.
Youngsters will love Dreamland Margate, a vintage-style amusement park that first opened in 1920. Also likely to go down well with children and any railway enthusiasts is the Hornby Visitor Centre. The attraction features a collection of rare toys and covers the history of Hornby's incredibly popular model trains.
The town's Shell Grotto helped put Margate on the map back in 1838 and today visitors still come in large numbers to view the 4.6 million seashells that cover the underground passageways and chambers.
With its selection of national chain stores and family-run, independent shops, Margate is a great place to come shopping. Wander down the cobbled streets of Margate Old Town to find vintage boutiques, galleries, jewellery shops and antique stores. Margate Bazaar is a colourful affair that's held in Market Place every Sunday during the spring and summer.
Westwood Cross shopping centre to the south of Margate is the place to go for mall-style shopping. There's also a number of restaurants and entertainment venues on site.
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