Visit Thanet’s Stunning Coastline

02.11.2016 - General

“Thanet and its three neighbouring towns satisfyingly different. Broadstairs, a classic seaside haunt; Ramsgate flirts with a continental alfresco culture centred on the royal harbour and the world-weary Margate, the first UK’s first ever resort which is being buffed shiny by arts-led regeneration…”

Steven Emms, The Guardian

 

And of course, 3 more seaside towns of Whitstable, Herne Bay and Sandwich.

Once known as a destination for wintering Vikings, Thanet is now an island on the east coast of Kent which in more recent times has become renowned as a seaside resort. Day trippers and holiday makers around the world are attracted by Thanet’s stunning coastline to paddle the waters, breathe the sea air or just experience its heritage and vast culture.

Each of these three exuberant towns not only create the longest continuous stretch of chalk cliffs in the country but have their own breath taking stories too:

Par exemple, Broadstairs has significant roots to Charles Dickens, Ramsgate impresses with its interesting tunnels and Margate with its hidden gems like Shell Grotto –  a subterranean manmade temple boasting 4.6 million shells. Oh, by the way, to this day, no one knows who created it although it has been discovered in 1835.

 

Make sure you don’t miss:

  • The art scene on the seaside in Margate – Turner Contemporary, one of the UK’s leading art galleries;
  • Its many blue flag sandy beaches;
  • Northern Belle, Margate’s oldest pub;
  • Ramsgate’s waterside bar culture;
  • Belle Vue restaurant, the top choice for breath taking views over the Pegwell Bay nature reserve.

 

Walking or cycling aficionados?

There are plenty of divine “cycle routes” and walks including stop-off points which have been specifically designated to allow you to take in the picturesque surrounds.

Cycle or walk along the geologically rich coastal path from Ramsgate to Margate to understand what have been known as the loveliest skies in Europe and the most beautiful sun set watched from the BeBeached Café.

Once in Broadstairs, make a diversion up to the historic neighbouring village of St Peter’s and go on an award-winning village tour brought to life by its costumed characters.

 

Family trip?

Kids will adore the Shell Grotto in Margate. As previously mentioned, who, when and why it was built remains a mystery even to this day. Discovered in 1835 the Shell Grotto is a 2,000sq ft subterranean manmade temple boasting 4.6 million shells.

You could also take your children for donkey rides, Punch and Judy and a helter skelter on the main beach at Viking Bay in Broadstairs.

 

Sport enthusiasts? An adrenalin pumped experience for all ages, both 1st timers and experts

Over two million tourists a year visit Thanet for its great wealth of heritage connections but mainly for its extraordinary sandy beaches and activity havens. So why wouldn’t you?

There is so much to do: kite surfing, surfing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, you name it!

A true destination, Thanet has something for everyone! Of course you wouldn’t want to miss out.

 

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