Back to our roadtrip & the next stops were Ramsgate, Broadstairs and finally Margate, where we spent 3 nights in a gorgeous Air B&B. Below I am going to list some of the amazing places we found in Margate and the surrounding areas. I’ll also give you details of our lovely accommodation.
The Shell Grotto– This was by far the biggest hidden gem we have ever found. The Shell Grotto was discovered in 1853 by a chap doing some renovations to his cottage and needing to extract some of the land for foundations, as they dug down, they found the perfectly preserved grotto. No one has the answers to how old it is, how it was made, or why! That blows my mind, all the possibilities and things that have gone on here. On top of that, it’s incredibly intricate and beautiful too. This costs just a few pounds to visit and is well worth the trip.
Buoy and Oyster – Located on Margate High Street is Kent’s “Restaurant of the Year”. As I was celebrating my birthday, we decided to eat here. Knowing it was my birthday they gave us their best table with a beautiful sea view. They also gave me a glass of bubbles and a card. Which was a lovely touch. We love seafood and this meal was perfection. The staff were really friendly and chatty even though they were busy. You do have to book in advance to eat here as they get very busy, especially at weekends. We would 100% recommend this restaurant and certainly return. We paid around £80 for a bottle of prosecco, 2 mains and 2 desserts.
Botany Bay – this is just a few miles away from Margate, you can either walk along the coastal paths which will take you about an hour or opt for a ten minute drive. This beautiful part of the coastline has gorgeous clean sandy beaches, white cliffs and breath taking chalk stacks. The day we went the weather was lovely, not a cloud in the sky and you could have easily mistaken this beach for being a Greek Island somewhere. There are lots of caves and rock pools to explore here but there are warnings and obvious signs of falling chalk, so please do be careful. On the topic of being careful, please also keep an eye on the tide. We wandered and found a secluded piece of beach to have our picnic on and sunbathe for an hour or so, not noticing the tide coming back in. Luckily our story has a happy ending and we just had to wade around the cliffs up to the knees in water, but please do take care to watch out for this!
Fort Road Yard – This is a “Furniture shop” full of the most weird and wonderful things you can imagine, mainly collectables, old fair ground rides, a 12 foot tall bear, I can’t even really explain it, but seriously, check it out. You’ll be in complete wonder.
Dreamland – Dreamland is home to the UK’s oldest rollercoaster, the scenic. Vintage and colourful style, this is the ideal way to spend a few hours, for adults or children alike. They have an indoor roller disco and the best candyfloss I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of Naughty Floss. We actually went for a Sunset session, which are where they have bands or DJ’s playing as well as some of the rides open.
Melt Ice cream Parlour – We had been recommended Melt by friends who had previously visited Margate. We went here a few times because the ice cream was so yummy. Definitely worth a visit, good prices, big portions and service with a smile. My favourite was the Blueberry.
Little Bit – There are some gorgeous little independent shops all around Margate old town, but my favourite was a shop called Little Bit, I bought a lovely necklace and some bits for my friends upcoming birthdays from here. Its one of those shops that sells completely random and wonderful things you’d never contemplated you might need.
Royal Harbour Ramsgate – Ramsgate is about 6 miles from Margate and we actually stayed there the night before we headed to our Air B&B. We researched a good place to eat and came up with The Royal Harbour restaurant, which is located right at the end of the beautiful harbour, with views out to sea in one direction and of all the boats moored up in the other. We visited on a Wednesday night and there were only a few other tables of people there so we got our pick of the seating. The food was fab and they have a good selection of beers and wine. They also have a huge selection of desserts including fresh flavoured meringues. The thing that made this place so special for us was the service, we didn’t get the mans name but he was so friendly and helpful with food and drink choices. Spot on.
Now finally onto our fabulous Air B’n’B, we stayed here: Sunset Views This was 5 star accommodation with a much lower price. Lovely friendly host, right on the beach, lots of luxurious touches, comfy bedding, milk and cereal on arrival and a dining table to sit in the bay window and watch the sun rise and set. Can’t recommend this apartment enough to anyone looking to stay in Margate. Use this link for discount off your first Air BnB www.airbnb.co.uk
Where are your favourite spots?