Tour Turner Contemporary - an acclaimed international art gallery where collections range from edgy and challenging to accessible and fun, that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021. Rejuvenated Margate is home to Dreamland – an iconic amusement park delivering vintage rides including the UK's oldest wooden roller coaster, plus all the fun of the festival with popup entertainment, live music, bars and restaurants to delight all generations. 2020 marked the 100th anniversary since Dreamland opened with the Scenic Railway
All around Margate you’ll see why it deserves the title, capital of British cool: a regenerated Old Town and Harbour Arm packed with hipster hangouts, buzzy cafes and retro shops. The town so beloved by JMW Turner and Tracey Emin is now attracting waves of artists, galleries and innovation just a stones throw from Gallery Walk Margate.
In Margate you’ll discover a shell grotto, a Tudor House, a wealth of amazing history at the town's museum, unique theatres, plus indoor and outdoor adventure golf. You’ll enjoy strolls on the sand and watching romantic sunset skies reflected in the sea. In fact, the things that have delighted for generations, re-invented with a retro vibe.
Newer additions not to miss include the reopened Margate Caves, where you can discover their intriguing history, including an iron age skeleton and a visionary school mistress. Uncover murder, suspicious death and skullduggery on an historical Murky Margate tour or delve into all things decapod at the totally clawesome Crab Museum.
Margate has also enjoyed a starring role as a film location, being used as the setting for director Sam Mendes's latest film, Empire of Light, the BBC's Killing Eve drama series, and the much loved Only Fools and Horses special The Jolly Boys’ Outing.
There are many independent cafes, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a nice meal or drink with views of the sea. Margate boasts michelin star restauarants, fine seafood reastaurants, as well as modern British and international cuisine. Especially in the summer there is a great buzz about the town, with music festivals such as Soul Fest, and many concerts at Dreamland.
And Margate is in good company: the neighbouring Thanet towns of Broadstairs and Ramsgate are only a short distance away, connected via secluded sandy beaches and bays offering memorable coastal walks and cycle routes along the ‘Viking Trail’ with amazing views.