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Broadstairs is situated on the coast between Margate and Ramsgate. The area is known as Thanet and was originally an island, separated from the mainland by the Wantsum Channel.

Margate is the largest of the three towns and is a traditional holiday seaside resort with beautiful sandy beaches, a vibrant ‘old town’ with a café culture, retro shops and the wonderful Turner Contemporary art gallery. Dreamland amusement park is also an exciting place to visit.

Ramsgate has a maritime history dating back hundreds of years. It boasts a royal harbour full of boats and yachts, surrounded by cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy boat trips to go fishing or see the seals, explore the old smugglers caves or taking a pleasant cliff-top walk. On a clear day you can see France across the Channel.

Westwood Cross
Westwood Cross shopping centre is located just outside Broadstairs. There is a regular bus service from the town centre. With over fifty shops and restaurants, it is open seven days a week. There is a multi-screen cinema, health club and casino. There are also special events and market stalls to enjoy.

Take a tour of our local area:

Thanet Coastal Film from Thanet District Council on Vimeo.


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