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A popular Victorian seaside resort which fell on hard times, Margate today is a regeneration success story. It’s a hub of creative energy, with old warehouses and abandoned shops becoming art galleries, workshops and boutiques. The centrepiece of this revitalisation is the Turner Contemporary, a state of the art gallery right on the seafront. But Margate hasn’t abandoned its roots: the heart of this town will always be sand and sea, so get your bucket and spade at the ready.

Things to see

Margate’s Old Town has burst spectacularly back to life, with a thriving café culture creating a buzz in the pedestrianized, cobbled streets. A throng of independent shops offer a variety of vintage fashion, kooky homeware and locally-produced artwork, so it’s a delightful place just to wander through – if you can resist buying something that catches your eye. The Victorian past is still very much present; the Theatre Royal is a particularly fine example, with a minimalist art deco exterior and a dazzlingly ornate interior. Down on the seafront, the ultra-modernist Turner Contemporary is the most celebrated gallery in Kent, with modern art exhibitions, as well as classic Turner works. A short walk along the promenade will take you to Margate Beach, where a stretch of soft sand awaits. Treat yourself to some fish and chips as you watch the sun set – it’s the perfect end to a Margate day.

Hotels in Margate

Margate offers a selection of traditional seaside hotels and guesthouses. There are plenty of discount hotels and good hotel deals to be found in Margate, so you can have the perfect holiday by the sea without breaking the budget. Most Margate hotels are 3-star properties, with a good range of facilities. Rooms are generally traditionally furnished; some provide sea views or period features, such as fireplaces. You won’t be short of home comforts either, with tea and coffee making facilities provided, satellite TVs and WiFi access. Most hotels also offer complimentary continental or cooked breakfasts and have onsite restaurants or bars.

Where to stay

For a family holiday by the sea, staying in one of the hotels or guesthouses at Margate Beach is ideal. You’ll have instant access to the beach, which has its own amenities, including cafés. The other attractions of Margate are within easy walking distance. The hotels here are good-value properties with old-fashioned charm. A little further along the coast, you’ll find Westgate-on-Sea, which has a couple of traditional-style hotels and boasts an excellent golf club. Margate is a short walk or drive away. Further inland, you’ll find a couple of chain hotels with decent business facilities and modern, spacious rooms.

How to get to Margate

As a popular weekend destination with Londoners, Margate benefits from good transport links with the capital. There are regular direct trains from London Victoria, which take just under 2 hours. The country’s only high-speed rail service runs from Paddington to Margate and takes just 80 minutes. By air, Gatwick Airport is the closest to Margate. There are direct coach services from the airport, while Gatwick Express trains, connect to London Victoria. Margate also has good transport links with France – ferries arrive in Dover, then it’s a 30 minute journey to Margate. The Ashford Eurostar terminal is located 20 minutes away.