This charming but contemporary seaside town is your perfect getaway, thanks to its mix of relaxation, culture and adrenalin-fuelled amusements. Get your tickets now.
Getting here: There are frequent high speed trains to Margate from London, which take around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Hop on at St Pancras International, London Victoria or Charing Cross.
Margate’s Dreamland pleasure park is your classic vintage seaside amusement park that’s been stylishly restored and retro-fitted to give it a new shine. The park is chocked full of rides, slides, playgrounds and fun to delight all ages. It’s even home to the UK’s oldest (and recently refurbished) wooden rollercoaster. Chase Dad around in a dodgem, go loopy on the Helter Skelter or be spooked on the Phantom Express.
Be transported into a mysterious maze of underground passages decorated with 4.6 million shells, leading to a mosaic-covered chamber. Like something plucked from a fairytale – no one knows how this incredible grotto was built. Found in 1835 by a young boy and his father while digging a duck pond, the origins of the grotto are rumoured to be many things: an ancient pagan temple? A meeting place for some secret cult? Nobody can explain who built this amazing place or why, but since its discovery visitors from all over the world have been intrigued by the beautiful shell-lined mosaic walls and the tantalising unsolved mystery.
At Sands Hotel, they aim to create a special environment where you can come to relax and enjoy time spent in a beautifully restored building, whilst viewing the stunning views out to sea. There is a contemporary bay restaurant and bar, offering delicious locally sourced produce and is open daily for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals. The hotel has twenty luxurious en-suite bedrooms and a beautiful Terrace Suite function room available for weddings, parties, business meetings and all other events that will impress you and your guests.
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