Posted: 11th April 2018

Dreamland and the rest of Margate go hand in hand, so we have compiled a list of top recommendations for what to do while you’re in town...

Margate Old Town

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Lined with intriguing independent businesses, Margate Old Town is not to be missed! Perfect for a spot of vintage shopping, you’ll also find quirky cafés serving up anything from cupcakes to seafood, art galleries and even a few micropubs.

Turner Contemporary

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One of the UK’s leading art galleries, Turner Contemporary is situated on the same site that artist JMW Turner stayed when visiting the town. It has a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions featuring world-class art, as well as events and some of the best views out to sea!

Margate Harbour Arm

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Take a stroll (or have a bracing walk - depending on how the weather is!) along Margate Harbour Arm and see the Margate skyline in all its glory. You’ll even be able to spot Dreamland’s Big Wheel! This picturesque stretch is lined with bars and eclectic eateries. It’s the perfect spot for soaking up some sun.

Shell Grotto


Discovered in 1835, the Shell Grotto has got to be Margate’s most mysterious attraction. This series of underground passages lined with 4.6 million shells is unusual, unexplained and is an absolute must-see!

Margate Beach

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No trip to Margate would be complete without a trip to the beach and catching one of Margate’s famous sunsets. This golden stretch (or its adjacent concrete steps – depending on how much you like sand!) are the ultimate place to grab some fish and chips watch the spectacular skies above do their thing – just watch out for the seagulls!

Of course, these are just some of the brilliant things to see and do in Margate. There’s plenty more to explore! What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re here?

All images courtesy of Thanet Tourism. For more information on Margate and Thanet, go to

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