An Independent Guide to Margate

Planning a seaside escape to Margate? The town on Kent’s coast is known for spectacular views that inspired Turner, delicious seafood and quaint, colourful houses. There’s a whole host of buzzy neighbourhood hangouts and eclectic boutiques to discover, too. This is our ultimate insider’s guide to Margate…

Where to Shop in Margate

Colourful shop fronts, unique curations and the latest fashion finds, Margate is a shopping destination in its own right.

The Shop Small, Think Big Winner at our 2023 Boutique Awards, AARVEN is a hub of ethically-produced homeware and lifestyle collections, created working closely with 30 artisan groups across India and the African continent.
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Papillon Interiors is located just a stone’s throw from the sea and the only contemporary furniture store in the area, stocking the best new pieces from cult brands such as HAY, Alessi, Selton and Umage.
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Where to Stay in Margate

After you’ve watched the sunset, enjoyed the best seafood and some organic wine, unwind at one of these cosy seaside hotels.

Experience contemporary luxury at the newly-refurbished Fort Road Hotel. Fabulous sea views, the restaurant serving seasonal home cooking with a Mediterranean influence and premium bedrooms will make this a memorable place to stay during your trip.

Escape to a different time at this B&B located in a restored Georgian town-house built in the 1770s. From stacks of vintage Penguin books to antique chandeliers and queen size beds, a stay here will make you feel like you've been transported to a romance novel.

If you're looking for a dream home-from-home stay while you're in Margate, look no further than boutique hotel Margate House. With interiors worthy of the big name interiors magazines and room after room inspiration you'll no doubt be taking home with you, this one speaks for itself.

Where to Eat in Margate

If there’s one good reason to visit Margate, it’s to enjoy the variety of local seafood. We narrowed it down to some of our favourite plates for you...

This tiny taco shop with its instantly recognisable pink door is a must visit in Margate. From local farmed prawn skewers to mussel tostadas, Dive merges traditional Mexican flavours with local and seasonal ingredients.Take home a jar of their very-own chilli crisp as a unique souvenir from your trip.

You won’t find seafood fresher than the plates served at Angela’s, where the daily changing menu is based on what arrived from the boats that morning. Expect vibrant dishes bursting with flavour, paired with the most delicious wines to match.

Leeks vinaigrette, egg mimosa & chervil, violet artichoke, pink radicchio & anchoïade or Cantabrian anchovies & rosemary oil sound good to you? Taste combinations you’ve never tried before at this small plates wine bar at Margate's harbour arm.

Where to Drink in Margate

These are our favourite places for a drink in Margate, to perfectly complement the spectacular sea and sunset views.

Bringing their love for Sayulita, a little surf town on the West coast of Mexico, back to the UK, owners Chris & Mairead Hayden serve up only the finest additive free agave spirits in their refreshing cocktails.

This microbrewery and sunset tap room bar is the best place to enjoy a cold one at the end of a long day of exploring. XYLO was founded by two friends to create an inclusive and friendly environment in which to enjoy beautifully crafted beer.

Nestled in Margate Old Town, a stone's throw from the beach is quaint cider & ale house The Lifeboat. Known for its charm and live music, stop in for a drink after a walk along the coastline to warm the cockles.

What to See in Margate

Escaping to the seaside will already feel like a memorable adventure, but Margate’s magic doesn’t end there. These are the top cultural activities in town…

A Margate staple, Dreamland is a seaside amusement park that will always provide good vibes and fun. From the iconic ferris wheel to events, gigs and roller discos, make sure to check out what’s on during your stay.

Located on the exact site where the celebrated artist JMW Turner stayed during his visits to Margate, the gallery opened its doors in 2011. The exhibitions and art featured are inspired by Turner’s love for Margate’s skies and light.

This spectacular attraction is just as mysterious as it is beautiful. The grotto’s walls are covered in intricate mosaics of 4.6 million shells, but there is no record of when or by whom it was created. A definite must-see for anyone visiting Margate. Trusted Site