Take a train to Margate to relax on its beautiful golden beaches, enjoy the heady thrills of Dreamland’s rides and soak up some culture at the Turner Contemporary
Trains to Margate
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.
Fun things to do...
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. To find Ziggy’s, walk along the seafront from the train station and look out for Hall by the Sea Road - head behind the Cinque Ports pub to find the entrance to Ziggy’s – the view is not to be missed.
Explore a fairytale shell grotto
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.
Retro rides with modern thrills
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 roller coaster. Chase Dad on the dodgems, go loopy on the Pendulum, or catch a dream on the Dreamcatcher.
Main Sands, Margate
This iconic British seaside destination offers a 200m metre long sandy bay, close to the High Street, Old Town, Turner Contemporary Gallery and the train station, as well as traditional amusements and arcades. The wide sandy beach is perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Use one of these offers and book your tickets in advance for a cheap day out.