Day out in Margate
Culture or couture, buckets or spades – you can have a great day out in Margate either way.
Here are our suggestions to help you discover more #SEhiddengems
Be a ‘Culture Vulture’
This coastal town is packed with vibrant galleries and art. Visit Turner Contemporary, which presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, this year hosting the prestigious Turner Prize.
Don't miss the Turner Prize exhibition (28 September to 12 January 2020). Whilst Margate NOW coincides with the Turner Prize, this dynamic festival of art and events takes place at venues across the town.
Go back in time
Experience the unique subterranean wonder of the Shell Grotto, decorated with 4.6 million shells and 70ft of winding underground passages leading to a rectangular chamber. Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why, but visitors from all over the world have been intrigued by the beautiful mosaic and the unsolved mystery.
Sandy toes and salty air
Beaches aren’t just for summer. There is nothing nicer than a blustery walk across the sands, then warming up with a delicious hot chocolate from one of the many cafes nearby. Less than five minutes’ walk from the train station and the first thing you see as you turn left towards the town is Margate’s main beach.
Enjoy a bite
If all the sea air makes you hungry there is plenty of delicious food to be found. Just by Turner Contemporary, stop off at Mannings Seafood stall. This long-established family business serves traditional seafood such as cockles and whelks. Plus, mussels, crab and locally caught oysters – eat them on the steps overlooking the beach.
Explore Margate Old Town
Take a wander around the cobbled streets, unearth a hidden treasure in one of the many the vintage shops or browse the quirky independent boutiques. If it is raining, get lost for hours in Scott’s Furniture Mart, housed in the old ice works it is a real emporium of everything.
Thrills and spills
Dreamland is a vintage amusement park that’s been stylishly restored, with a mix of vintage and modern rides. They also have a fantastic calendar of events including street food festivals, open air cinema plus some top bands playing in their Music Hall by the Sea venue. Opening hours vary throughout the year so check their website for details of what’s on and when.
Ziggy’s Rooftop Bar
If you don’t know it’s here then you won’t know it’s here. This hidden gem will have you ascending to a bohemian rooftop hideaway that gives fantastic panoramic views over the The Bay. Why not treat yourself to a cocktail or try some of the Jamaican jerk cuisine as you sit back and take in the atmosphere.