A charming Victorian seaside resort with connections to a giant of the literary world Charles Dickens, as well as its panoramic harbour and Blue Flag sandy beaches and bays

A timeless family-friendly resort with award-winning sandy beaches and bays, Broadstairs victorian and bohemian surf vibe gives this quintessentially English seaside town a Cornwall-like feel on the southeast coast.

With seven sandy beaches and bucket loads of seaside charm, Broadstairs stunning coastline is perfect for families rediscovering the joy of having fun together beside the shore. Central Viking Bay boasts children’s rides and beach huts; rural Botany Bay has photogenic chalk stacks; whilst Joss Bay offers a surf school and peaks that have long made wave-riders smile. Stone Bay's sandy beach situated between the more tourist favourites but is the award-winning hidden gem popular with locals and made famous by John Buchan's 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', an adventure thriller story immortalised in film, theatre and book. Stone Bay was even named the best beach in Kent by the Sunday Times just a few years ago.

In Broadstairs, you'll find fishermen's cottages, clifftop walks and independent shops lining unspoilt streets. Visit the Dickens House Museum, one of the author's favourite holiday spots, which provides a stunning backdrop to the harbour as the famous 'Bleak house'. Nearby you'll also find the multi-award-winning, costumed St Peter's Village Tours.

Like your food? You’ll love Broadstairs. Eateries include smart restaurants, quaint cafés and 1950s ice cream parlours. Visit in the autumn and feast at the three-day Broadstairs Food Festival – a smorgasbord of fine Kentish produce and wine.

Costumed characters take over the town at June’s Broadstairs Dickens Festival; or enjoy singing-along at sessions in August’s Broadstairs Folk Week, while the Water Gala is the perfect day out for those who enjoy beach games and watching fireworks.