Charles Dickens, sticks of rock and the Clangers...... does it get any more English?
I can see why Charles Dickens fell in love with Broadstairs. Beautiful views across sandy Viking Bay, waves were crashing the shoreline and an elegant clifftop promenade.
If you are in need of some quaint seaside nostalgia, then Broadstairs is waiting for you.
Spending my early childhood growing up in Kent, I remember visiting Broadstairs with my family. I’m not too sure if Dickens was at the forefront of my mind; however, ice-cream and crabbing from the harbour indeed were.
Where is Broadstairs
Need a car?
Discover Broadstairs's charm whatever the weatherA golden, sandy beach never disappoints
Exploring Broadstairs harbourIt brings back memories of crabbing
We have a new little book on our shelves that we delve into when we're heading to the coast.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different counties of England. It tells tales of the history of the shoreline that surrounds our country.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves the English seaside.
Visit Viking Bay in BroadstairsAnd not a Viking in sight!!
Good to know!
Clifftop promenade in BroadstairsA delightful English pastime
During the summer months, you could enjoy live music from the bandstand or even try your hand at sinking a few holes at Lillyputt Mini Golf.
At one end of Victoria Gardens is the elegant Royal Albion Hotel which has been overlooking this delightful bay at Broadstairs since 1776.
Where to stay in Broadstairs
- The Royal Albion - A beautiful Historic hotel with magnificent sea views across Viking Bay and beyond, what could be better. Oh yes, Charles Dickens was a regular visitor too.
- The Crown Bar & Guesthouse - Located in the heart of Broadstairs, this characterful inn offers a comfortable, friendly stay, with the charm and vibe of an English pub.
Escape for a few days
Are you looking for that ‘perfick’ holiday hideaway to relax in while you discover the Garden of England?
After a day exploring the Kent coast and its many historic castles enjoy one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.
Charles Dickens visits to BroadstairsInspiration for David Copperfield
A little more Dickens
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.
Stroll around Broadstairs townAmongst the family run independent shops
You won’t go thirsty or hungry in BroadstairsIs it beer-o'clock already?
As Gary and I strolled around Broadstairs, we were amazed at how many pubs, bars, brewhouses, tea rooms and restaurants there were.
You were spoilt for choice, and they all looked really welcoming.
So, just for research purposes (honest), we headed into The Chapel.
Yes, it is on the site of what was once a chapel. The original shrine dates back to the 1350s it has since been replaced and then befallen disaster. However, the current building dates from 1601 and is one of the oldest buildings in Broadstairs.
Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns
Go on, let's get lost exploring BroadstairsAmongst the picturesque lanes
Quirky findings in BroadstairsIn search of blue plaques
Whenever we visit a new town or city, we are always on the lookout for historical blue plaques. Some can be a little tenuous; however, it’s still interesting to read the little snippets of history.
We found a couple of blue plaques; one was in Chandos Square dedicated to the animator and author, Oliver Postgate. He created some classic British children’s programmes, which I remember when I was growing up. A few of which were the Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine (now I’m showing my age).
You have a couple of options for more information; firstly Broadstairs is located on the Isle of Thanet, so why not check out the Visit Thanet.
If you want to know more about the county, then try Visit Kent.
Map out your route
Whether you’re planning a road trip, plotting a hiking route or cycling one of UK’s scenic trails, there’s nothing quite like using a tactile paper map.
The Ordnance Survey folk are here to help, with maps, guides, gadgets and more. Take a browse through their vast array of maps and grab your ideal companion for your adventure.
Our YouTube video of Broadstairs
We have created a little YouTube video of Broadstairs. Why not take a look?
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Oh, it looks wonderful! Just like the visits to Scarborough and Bridlington of my childhood! I’s love to explore those street and stop for a drink in those cafes. I also love the Clangers mosaic under the blue plaque. #FarawayFiles
We visited Scarborough years ago ourselves, and loved it. I’ve never visited Bridlington, but I’ve heard it’s quite nostalgic, I think it’s about time that we returned to the northeast of the UK.
Broadstairs is a lovely town and it felt quite unspoilt.
What a charming town. I don’t think I have ever visited but am now putting it on the list for UK travel next year. I didn’t know about all the Dickens connections. #farawayfiles
Yes, Broadstairs was lovely to visit it had some quaint little unique shops. There are quite a few Kent coastal towns getting a revival at the moment and a few others have connections with Dickens.
Looks like a pretty little town to explore! #FarawayFiles
Yes it’s lovely, I can imagine it gets quite busy in the summer months; however, its wonderful in the off season.
Take me to church! I mean the Chapel – second-hand books AND craft beer sounds like the perfect combination. What a cute little seaside charmer and so much history. Looks like a brilliant day out especially with those beautiful blue skies. Thanks for sharing this little corner of England with #FarawayFiles. Cheers from this side of the channel!
Yes it is just a winning combination, it’s a good job it is not on my doorstep.
Broadstairs is a lovely town and the beach is amazing, it gets pretty busy in the summer as you could imagine; however, I do enjoy visiting these seaside towns out of season. Even if it is just for an ice cream or fish and chips.