Here chic eateries, galleries, vintage shops and chilled-out cafes rub shoulders with traditional seaside delights: candyfloss stands; fish and chip shops; seafood stalls. The reinvigorated Harbour Arm is now home to artists' studios, gallery and stylish spots to eat and drink.

Dominic Savage's work is the last word in gritty drama, so why has he made a set of love stories by the sea? Vicky Frost hears how Tracey Emin convinced him to immortalise their home town in True Love

Admission to the gallery is free Open Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays The gallery has a café and shop. +44 (0) 1843 233000

These days, Margate fizzes with artistic energy. To traditional, holiday-town charms and a world-class art gallery.  To sandy beaches and sparkling bays, add a cool café culture and tempting retro shops.

Margate rejoices in a funky vibe.

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Guardian readers share their images of seaside towns during their heyday, in their ruin or after receiving a new lease of life.

Seaside towns around the country are being rejuvenated in the hope they can bring back visitors. Margate's Dreamland amusement park was given £10m last week to transform it into a heritage-themed park. Similar renovation projects are taking place in Blackpool, Morecambe and Bexhill-on-Sea.

The 2012 BBC drama True Love was set and filmed in Margate. The show had its first public screening at the Turner Contemporary.

The town's history is tied closely to the sea and it has a proud maritime tradition. Margate was a "limb" of Dover in the ancient confederation of the Cinque ports. It was added to the confederation in the 15th century. Margate has been a leading seaside resort for at least 250 years. Like its neighbour Ramsgate, it has been a traditional holiday destination for Londoners drawn to its sandy beaches. Margate had a Victorian pier which was largely destroyed by a storm in 1978.[1]

Margate, most notably the railway station and Dreamland, featured prominently in the 1989 Only Fools & Horses episode 'The Jolly Boys' Outing'.

Tracey Emin's solo exhibition She Lay Down Beneath the Sea has been conceived especially for Margate

Just 5 minutes from the Old Town you will find emporiums of everything antique, old fashioned and unusual at RG Scott's Furniture Market and Junk Deluxe

Special treat The Sands Hotel (1) (01843 228228; check availability) opened its 20 rooms on the seafront Marine Drive last summer. There’s a beautiful first-floor restaurant with a terrace and cocktail bar, and guests also have access to a private rooftop overlooking Margate Sands, a perfect spot for sundowners. Prices start at £120, or £180 with sea view. Mid-range

First discovered in 1798, the Margate Caves (also known as the Vortigern Caves) are situated at the bottom of Northdown Road. They are currently closed to the public.

Ryan Day speaks to Nikki Bull after our 2-0 victory over Biggleswade Town.

After the mysteries of the past, ground yourself firmly in the present with a coffee and an excellent pulled pork sandwich (£7) at the Greedy Cow deli (9) (3 Market Place).2pm

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Originally published in the Guardian on 24 June 1964: Parliament moves to combat teenage hooliganism at seaside resorts before August Bank Holiday

The regeneration continues with the revival of Dreamland opened in June 2015, creatively led by multi-award winning designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE.  'The UK's original Pleasure Park' with historic rides, classic side shows, eateries and evocative spaces set within a landscape ideal for hosting themed festivals and special events.

Margate railway station, constructed in 1926 to designs by Edwin Maxwell Fry, serves the town. Train services are provided by Southeastern Trains.

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are ideal holiday destinations offering a choice of accommodation

Looking for an alternative day out, Margate Festival presents familiar places in a new light & reveals a side of the town you might not have seen

An annual jazz festival takes place on a weekend in June.

For every 100 females, there were 92 males. The age distribution was 6% aged 0–4 years, 16% aged 5–15 years, 5% aged 16–19 years, 31% aged 20–44 years, 23% aged 45–64 years and 19% aged 65 years and over.[6]

For more than 100-years Margate's Winter Gardens have drawn big-name acts, from The Beatles to Blur.

Margate's Old Town rejoices in a funky vibe. Here chic eateries, galleries, vintage shops and chilled-out cafes rub shoulders with traditional seaside delights: candyfloss stands; fish and chip shops; seafood stalls. The reinvigorated Harbour Arm is now home to gallery and stylish spots to eat and drink.

Kent town known for dilapidated seaside charm and new Turner gallery joins Dresden and Dubrovnik on Rough Guide list

Learn about the conservation of Africa’s remaining wildlife – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and African pangolins

The Bay Guest House (23 Fort Crescent; 01843 290889; check availability) is a simple B&B with six bedrooms, two of which have sea views. Doubles with en suite bathrooms are £50; the large family room (with sea view) is £75.

A guide to what to do in Margate, including how to visit Turner Contemporary, Dreamland Expo and walking the Viking Coastal Path to nearby Botany Bay, along with the best hotels, antique shops, art galleries and traditional cafés.

The UK’s original pleasure park is full of stylishly restored, recreated and retro-fitted rides and amusements from the Golden Age of British seaside hols. But there’s more to Dreamland than just brilliant retro rides and amusements. It’s a place where vintage cool holds hands with modern design and goes for a lovely beachside stroll.


Seaside resorts across Britain attracted thousands of holidaymakers in their heyday, but these coastal towns have faded, with the former grandeur serving only as a reminder of a glorious bygone era.

Margate's annual jazz festival attracts top bands, setting toes tapping all over the Old Town. The Margate Masters draws Britain’s best beach volleyball teams each summer, while August brings an explosion of colour and sound, as Margate’s vibrant, annual carnival procession snakes through the town over Margate Soul Weekend.

Margate experiences an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb) similar to almost all of the United Kingdom, though its annual precipitation is lower than the national average.

T. S. Eliot, who recuperated after a mental breakdown in the suburb of Cliftonville in 1921, commented in his poem The Waste Land Part III - The Fire Sermon:

The fastest trains from London take 90 minutes and depart every half-hour from St Pancras. Direct trains leave from Cannon Street and Victoria. Once there, a good train service connects to neighbouring towns on the Thanet coast.

The town appeared on BBC TV's The Apprentice in May 2009.[20]

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