Margate is a coastal town in Thanet, Kent. Once a small fishing village, it’s now a popular holiday destination for Londoners, or even for a day trip, being just 1.5 hours by train from the capital. I loved it because of its quirky, vibrant feel, it reminded me a little bit of Wellington in New Zealand!
I spent one day in Margate with Traverse Events and Visit England on a press trip with several other bloggers who were taking part in Traverse’s Give Back campaign – this was a great fit for me as it focused so much on sustainability. In this post I’ll share what I got up to on my trip alongside other ideas to help you decide how to spend one day in Margate.
I travelled to Margate from London Kings Cross on the train. Since I’m based in Peterborough this meant catching a train to London beforehand – which meant an early morning for me! The journey took around 1.5 hours from London so is easily doable as a day trip from the capital. You can buy your tickets through the Trainline here.
By car, Margate is about 1.5 hours from the Dartford crossing (near London). If you’re visiting Margate as part of a longer trip in England, the closest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick (you can search for flights here). Margate is only a 40 minute drive or 50 minute train journey from Dover, where you can catch the ferry to France.
Margate is undoubtedly charming. The Old Town’s streets are a mix of retro stores, quirky cafes and trendy art galleries. If you are interested in antiques and vintage, spend your morning wandering the shops; in Margate you’ll find collectibles and unique items that you won’t find anywhere else.
Foody Moody’s in the Old Kent Market does an amazing vegan curry, as well as burgers and wraps! It’s tucked away in the arcade, but you can grab your dishes to takeaway and sit on the steps by the beach to eat. Otherwise, you can’t beat traditional fish ‘n’ chips when you’re by the British seaside.
In the afternoon, why not give something back to the local community by doing a beach clean? This is a rewarding way to help keep the environment on the coastline clear – just an hour of your time can make such a difference. The Thanet Coast Project organises these and will set you up with equipment and checklists.
No trip to the British seaside is complete without visiting a funfair. Dreamland is an amusement park which first opened its doors in 1880 and is home to the classic fairground rides such as the Big Wheel, Dodgems, Teacups and Swing Boats as well as a Roller-Disco! They often host gigs in their music venue too.
According to Happy Cow, Alexandria Café on the seafront is an Egyptian restaurant with many vegan options available. Giorgio’s is located near the clock tower and is an Italian restaurant with a separate vegan menu. Great British Pizza is on the seafront and has vegan cheese.
Margate is a lovely place to spend a weekend, but trains run well into the evening so you can make it a daytrip too.
Stop for a drink in Cinque Ports, a cosy pub along the seafront, before heading back to the capital.
If you can stay a little later, head back to Dreamland to go to a gig – they have a variety of live music acts play.
You’ve seen from this post that there are heaps of things to do in Margate so it’s very likely you’ll want to stay longer than just one day! Here are some recommendations of where to stay:
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
Disclaimer: I visited Margate as a press trip organised by Traverse Events with Visit England in October 2019. The experience was complimentary (including transport, ticket costs, meals & refreshments) in return for social media coverage. I have chosen to write this post based on my experience; it was not as a required deliverable. All opinions are, as always, my own.