Thanet is home of the Isle of Thanet, which technically separates this northwestern fringe of Kent from the British mainland, and overlooks many miles of scenic sandy beaches. Today, this district is still renowned for its fine seaside resorts, and, in terms of geographical distance over the sea, is just 30 miles from France and little more than 50 miles from Belgium.
Until approximately 7,000 years ago, Thanet was connected to the rest of Britain, and would have remained so were it not for the development of the Wantsum Channel, which became an important shipping route by the Roman era.
In this picturesque medieval port, you can visit the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, which showcases Kent's profound maritime history and is housed in a fine Grade II listed Regency building. Another fascinating landmark in Ramsgate is The Grange, a Grade I listed Gothic Revival building that was once the residence of the acclaimed architect and artist Augustus Pugin.
Another photogenic coastal resort, Margate is overlooked by the striking Draper's Mill, which dates back to the 1840s and was spared demolition and carefully restored after the Second World War. If you're a contemporary art-lover, spend some time at the Turner Contemporary, which celebrates the life of the prominent painter J. M. W. Turner, who found much of his artistic inspiration here. Many people also come to Margate to visit Dreamland Margate, a family friendly amusement park that first opened in 1920 and, following an extensive restoration, reopened in 2015, after a ten-year hiatus.
Between Margate and Ramsgate, Broadstairs has been nicknamed the 'Jewel in Thanet's Crown' and is highly regarded for its golden sandy beaches. This resort is the location of the Dickens House Museum, exhibiting many interesting artefacts on the life of Charles Dickens, and is adjacent to Botany Bay, a Blue-Flag-award beach.
Treat yourself to some mouthwatering British classics at The Corner House Restaurant in Minster, or consider dining at Il Tricolore in Ramsgate for some truly divine Italian food. A few other highly regarded places to eat in Thanet include the European- and Caribbean-themed Mullins Brasserie in Margate, the Flavours By Kumar restaurant in Ramsgate, and The Bangkok Thai Restaurant, also in Margate.
Where to stay in Thanet – some suggestions
One of the most luxurious Thanet hotels is the Sands Hotel in Margate, a stunning boutique venue providing optimum comfort and deluxe furnishings. Other immaculate hotels include the opulent yet value-for-money Crescent Victoria Hotel, also in Margate, the chic Albion House Ramsgate, the sophisticated Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs, and the friendly Premier Inn Ramsgate.
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