10 Things to Do in Margate That You Shouldn't Miss

September 30, 2017 Toi Mattera

Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England. It lies 15 miles (24.1 km) north-east of Canterbury, on the coast along the North Foreland and contains the areas of Cliftonville, Garlinge, Palm Bay and Westbrook.
Restaurants in Margate

1. Margate Museum

Old Town Hall, Market Place, Margate CT9 1ER, England +44 1843 231213
Excellent
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Margate Museum

Reviewed By OverTheRainbowLondon - London

A small museum but with interesting exhibits covering Margate's history and personalities, even includes a carriage from a flea circus, lots to see and learn. Friendly and informative volunteers. The upstairs was closed when we visited due to an event they were holding that evening but we spent around 45mins Reading and looking at the different items displayed downstairs.

2. Carlton Cinema

Carlton Cinema 29 St. Mildreds Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8RE, England +44 1843 832019
Excellent
86%
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Carlton Cinema

Reviewed By gas65 - Whitstable, Kent

This is a lovely, old fashioned three screen cinema. Prices are good, seats comfortable place is spotless and staff friendly and helpful. Been there twice this month. Cinemas are cleaned after every performance, drinks, popcorn and sweets available, internet booking and phone app booking. All...MoreThanks very much. Your superb comments are very much appreciated.

3. Botany Bay

Marine Drive, Kingsgate CT10 3LG, England
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4.5 based on 276 reviews

Botany Bay

Reviewed By DucatiDudes

This off-the track beach, just pass Cliffville, is surrounded by high chalk cliffs creating a natural wind break. Soft sand and gently sloping into the sea, it is also ideal for children as well as couples seeking a sunny spot. Sea erosion has created some impressive rock formations in the sea. Toilets at the top of the stairs going down to the beach. Ideal for the sunny beach day.

4. Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

The Airfield Manston Road | The Airfield, Manston CT12 5DF, England +44 1843 821940
Excellent
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4.5 based on 349 reviews

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Reviewed By mr97man - Isle of Thanet, United Kingdom

It's a lovely little museum to visit. Although it's it only a couple of rooms, there's a lot to see, including the Hurricame and Spitfire aircraft. Another nice thing is that it's quiet, so you can really concemtrate on what you're looking at.
It's free to enter, parking is plentiful and wheelchair access is good.
Depending on how quick you go round, it will probably take about 30-45 minutes.

5. The Micro Museum

11 Church Hill, Ramsgate CT11 8RA, England +44 7876 271255
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5 based on 174 reviews

The Micro Museum

Kent's only Museum of vintage computers, gaming and micro electronics. The showcase for the owners' personal collection gathered over 40+ years. Visitors can discover the ideas and inventions that led to the modern digital world, do the history quiz, indulge in some nostalgia and look for their first computer among the 100s of items on display, then play on the many classic games consoles. Up to 3 hours game play included in the admission price. 2018 - Open Easter (Good Friday) - 2 September, then open again during October. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays plus extra Mondays and Fridays during Kent school holidays. 1-4pm. All dates can be found on the website.

Reviewed By Virginie P - Ramsgate, United Kingdom

We visited the Micro Museum yesterday by chance when we saw some leaflets in a shop window and we LOVED the place!!! We did the quiz and we liked Reading all the information displayed (it is amazing how time has passed since early computers were...MoreThank you for these very kind words Virginie P. So glad you enjoyed your visit and we and our team look forward to seeing you again soon.

6. Viking Bay

Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1EU, England
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4.5 based on 661 reviews

Viking Bay

Reviewed By ShaunFradd - London, United Kingdom

Viking Bay is beautiful. We visited mid-March as the second “beast from the east” presented itself. It snowed for the first two days but somehow this only added to the ruggedness if the coastline. It certainly didn’t put a couple of local surfers off. Being off season meant that all amenities were closed but the beach huts and the Promenade are all beautifully maintained. It must be amazing in summer!

7. Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum

Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, England +44 1843 842168
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4.5 based on 393 reviews

Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum

Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors, Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres in Birchington-on-Sea on the stunning Kent coast near Margate. Quex Park has in more recent times developed a bespoke leisure destination for all the family to enjoy. Within the Park there is a Children's Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball, Build-a-base, Laser Rush, Quex Barn Farmshop and Restaurant and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze along with a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to enjoy. One of Quex Park's best known visitor attractions is the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, which attracts visitors from near and far to engage with its eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art. Its natural history collections are of world-class importance as a scientific resource. The Museum as well as Quex House and Gardens are open to the public and is one of the best things to do in the Canterbury area. Within the grounds there is also a beautiful wedding and functions venue Mama Feelgoods Boutique Cafe Entry onto Quex Park is free, and each leisure facility that makes up the destination has its own opening hours and admission fees where applicable. Please see the Quex Park website for further details. Visit us today and expect the unexpected at Quex Park

Reviewed By Craig B - Birchington, United Kingdom

Although interesting, the museum is in serious need of a refurbishment and cash injection. I am sure they do the best they can but for the price you pay this is not a great day out. That said the Gardens are well kept and a pleasure to walk round

8. The Shell Grotto

33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England +44 1843 220008
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4.5 based on 939 reviews

The Shell Grotto

The Shell Grotto is one of the world’s most mysterious places: a series of underground rooms and passageways covered by 2000sqft of exquisite mosaic created with 4.6 million shells. Discovered in 1835, nobody knows who created it, when, or why. “The grotto is simultaneously haunting and homely. It could be a lost pagan shrine or have ‘A Present From Margate’ picked out in the shells - it wouldn’t matter. It’s still magical, mysterious and (once it’s in your head) impossible to forget.” Far From the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out, Penguin Books, 2007

Reviewed By rebz1000 - Maidstone, United Kingdom

It's rather tucked out of the way but it's your looking to venture further into Margate town it's worth a visit. It doesn't take long to go round, but it is pretty and a nice little experience. If you have got an hour to spare I really recommend a visit. They also sell some nice little gifts and trinkets as well

9. The RAF Manston History Museum

Manston Road, Manston CT12 5DF, England +44 1843 825224
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

The RAF Manston History Museum

Reviewed By nickpayne82 - Leatherhead, United Kingdom

Whilst visiting the Memorial Museum just across the car park is this wonderful museum covering the History of Manston as both an Airforce Base (1916 to 1999) and also its current use as a Commercial Airport. Lots of models and real plans, with lots to read and look at. Excellent story of the airfield and how was used across the decades. A small nominal entry fee of £2 per person. Really well done.

10. West Bay Beach

Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8QG, England +44 1843 577577
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

West Bay Beach

Reviewed By Steve C - Staines, United Kingdom

Wonderful sands, like all of the Beaches around the Margate area. Great cafe, it's the one from the Humans TV series where Mia works. Saw a seal swimming in the bay when we were here.

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