“Dowwwwwn to Margate”sung in my best cockney accent
Well, I hope you got the ‘Chas and Dave’ reference, they were singing icons to Londoners in the ‘70s. Gary and I even got to see them at the Margate Winter Gardens a couple of years ago. Poor old Chas is now no longer with us.
Sorry, I digress, let me tell you a little about Margate in southeast England.
If you’re looking for a bit of “bucket and spade” old England, golden sandy beaches and a seaside town on the up, then Margate is for you.
It may seem a little weathered in places but aren’t we all. However, you can clearly see that over the past few years a concerted effort has been made and still being made to bring this slice of Victorian Kent, back to life.
Discovering MargateA little bit of history
Margate can trace its roots back to the 13th-century; however, it was when it became a ‘limb port’ to Dover and formed part of the “Cinque Ports” that it became more prominent.
The Cinque Ports are a small collection of harbours along the Kent and Sussex coast and were protected under the Royal Charter for military and trade purposes.
Explore Margate's BeachFeel the sand in your toes
Where to stay in Margate
Dreamland, MargateThe fun of the fair
The Jolly Boys OutingOnly Fools and Horses...
A bit of UK TV gold, which screened as the Christmas Special back in 1989, saw a group from the 'Nag's Head' take a beano down to Margate on a charabanc (Okay, coach to you and me.)
The gang have a great day out in Margate, including a ride on Dreamland's famous wooden rollercoaster, that ends with a bang.
A great reason to visit MargateThe Old Town
If you continue along King Street, you’ll stumble upon the 16th-Century timber-framed Tudor House.
It was built in 1525 it was once home to mariners, Flemish weavers and cordwainers.
This is also open to the public at weekends.
Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns
Margate CoastlineI can hear the harbour calling!
Modern MargateA little bit of culture
Margate's Tourist InformationThe Harbour Arm
We stroll further around watching the boats bobbing in the harbour, and we pass by new “pop-ups” of a cafe, gallery and a microbrewery, no, we’re not allowed to stop for a beer yet.
We head to the end of the Harbour Arm by the lighthouse and come across the shell lady. Curious to find out more about the 9ft bronze statue, we discover that she was created by a local sculptress, Ann Carrington. It was in honour of JMW Turner’s landlady Mrs Booth. There’s certainly a theme here.
How to get to Margate
You can catch a train from London St. Pancras International direct to Margate Station, which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, on the Highspeed service.
Or alternatively, you can do it all on a road trip, the car hire comparison website Rental Cars covers all budgets and allows you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.
Wandering Margate's SeafrontThe Parade
Across from here is the Old Kent Market, on the site of the old Parade Theatre.
It’s now been lovingly restored and houses independent local stalls
Margate Winter GardensLet's be entertained
If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".
You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.
Where to eat & drink in MargateOur sustenance
A famous Margate residentA bit of a carry on
Another couple of Margate’s well-known residents during the 1960s was Hattie Jacques, famed for the “Carry-On” films and her English actor husband, John Le Mesurier.
They lived in Trinity Square.
Our video of MargateThe view of this coastal town through our eyes
Margate CemeteryWell I had to visit
Now, you didn’t think I’d visit Margate and pass up on the chance of visiting another cemetery.
I thought we’d quickly pop in as there’s an area dedicated to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is always very poignant to wander around. Also, here are graves to those who lost their lives in the Dunkirk evacuation.
A love of MargateI’ll be back!
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