{"LocationDetails":{"Id":824,"Name":"Margate","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Margate holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhat do you get if you take a town built on traditional seaside charm, and add a world-class art gallery to the mix? Margate. Every now and then, you stumble across a seaside resort that brings back all those memories of family holidays, and Margate still has all the charms that make a family break by the sea special. Kent\u0026rsquo;s original seaside resort, Margate\u0026rsquo;s become quite the favourite with the art world in recent years, giving it a beachy chic kind of feel that makes it perfect for couples as well as families.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFrom the wide sandy beach that\u0026rsquo;s amazing\u0026nbsp;for those bucket and spade days, to the vintage shops and bistros that line the streets of the old town, we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure you\u0026rsquo;ll find Margate has something to suit every kind of day. When the sun comes out, the sand fills with brightly coloured windbreaks sheltering families, and with Dreamland amusement park nearby you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to keep the kids entertained no matter what the weather decides to do. With all those family favourites you never get too old for (we\u0026rsquo;re talking ghost trains, sideshows and rollercoasters), Dreamland\u0026rsquo;s free to enter so you can pay per ride.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Margate\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eRevived, reopened and once again one of Kent\u0026rsquo;s favourite attractions, Dreamland\u0026rsquo;s got to top our list of places to visit in Margate. The original seaside fun park, Dreamland\u0026rsquo;s one of those that just makes a family holiday one you\u0026rsquo;ll remember for years to come, and it\u0026rsquo;s all in the traditions. Sideshows, ice cream vans and rides that\u0026rsquo;ll have the kids entertained for hours conspire to make Dreamland one of the best things about Margate.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMoving from the old to the new, well, the contemporary in fact, the Turner Contemporary dominates the town\u0026rsquo;s seafront, attracting a whole new generation of holidaying art lovers and creatives. With an exhibition programme that makes it fascinating all year round, this gallery\u0026rsquo;s transformed Margate into one for culture vultures. Turner himself loved Margate for its sunsets, so it\u0026rsquo;s only fitting that it\u0026rsquo;s now home to one of the art world\u0026rsquo;s most influential attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd it\u0026rsquo;s back to the traditional for the next one to check off your list of places to visit in Margate\u0026hellip;with Draper\u0026rsquo;s Mill. This 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century Smock mill welcomes visitors for free guided tours on Sunday afternoons in June, July and August, and we say why not take the chance to peer into a piece of Kent\u0026rsquo;s history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Margate\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the best ways to get to know Margate is to just see where your feet take you and enjoy its character. The old town\u0026rsquo;s lined with vintage shops that lure you in to look around, and bistros perfect for those long lazy lunches in between shopping. While you\u0026rsquo;re on your travels, look out for the Nayland Rock Shelter on the town\u0026rsquo;s seafront. It was in this very spot that T.S Eliot wrote some of The Waste Land, so you might want to sit for a moment and see if inspiration strikes\u0026hellip;don\u0026rsquo;t worry if it doesn\u0026rsquo;t though, you\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty more to do in Margate!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA Margate holiday\u0026rsquo;s the perfect excuse to get the whole family onto their bikes and enjoy all that coastal scenery, and the Viking Coastal Trail\u0026rsquo;s one of Kent\u0026rsquo;s prettiest circular trails. Stretching for 32 miles, the route takes in the coastline between Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, and the best part is that it\u0026rsquo;s mostly level and traffic-free.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMargate restaurants\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTo be honest, one of the lovely things about a stay in the town is finding your own favourites on the Margate restaurant scene, but we couldn\u0026rsquo;t let you go without pointing you in the direction of Lighthouse Barn, set on the harbour arm. With the perfect setting for cosying up and watching the log burner, this bar and restaurant serves up some serious tapas for those quiet evenings watching the waves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re anything like us \u0026ndash; and of the mindset that fish and chips during a seaside break is pretty much compulsory \u0026ndash; then Marios has something of a reputation for serving the best fish and chips in town. Or, for something a little bit special, head to Mullins, a traditional brasserie with a loyal following of foodies. The menu offers contemporary European cuisine, and there\u0026rsquo;s a warm atmosphere that makes this one a good choice for a laidback meal whether it\u0026rsquo;s just the two of you or you\u0026rsquo;re taking the whole clan.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"margate","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-471575807.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Turner Contemporary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Turner Contemporary sits on Margate\u0026rsquo;s seafront, and it\u0026rsquo;s transformed the town into a thriving resort popular with art lovers. Turner painted Margate more than 100 times, keen to capture the area\u0026rsquo;s open skies and dramatic lights, so the gallery\u0026rsquo;s a fitting homage to the artist. The galley\u0026rsquo;s right on the site where Turner stayed when he visited Margate, and it hosts a constant stream of exhibitions and events all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDesigned to bridge the link between contemporary and historic art, Turner\u0026rsquo;s made Margate one of the country\u0026rsquo;s must-visit destinations for anyone with a passion for art. \u0026nbsp;One of the loveliest things about this gallery is that it\u0026rsquo;s been designed with everyone in mind, so it aims to give everyone the chance to get up close to world-class art during their time in Kent.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith a stunning setting overlooking Margate\u0026rsquo;s harbour, the gallery\u0026rsquo;s caf\u0026eacute; means you can take the weight off your feet and taste the flavours of the season before you leave, and what a setting to sit for a while and think about the exhibitions before you leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3911,"LocationLongitude":1.38201,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-179056094 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/turner-contemporary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-179056094 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dreamland","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAaaaaah Dreamland. If you ever visited Margate when you were younger, then the chances are every memory you\u0026rsquo;ve got of the stay has this family day out attached to it. Newly reopened and once again Margate\u0026rsquo;s best day out, Dreamland\u0026rsquo;s all about good old fashioned family fun by the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you\u0026rsquo;re keen to put the kids on the Caterpillar Coaster, take in the views from the Big Wheel or hop aboard the Scenic Railway, you\u0026rsquo;ll find a ride to suit every member of the family and every kind of day. The retro Roller Room means kids can pop on their roller skates and enjoy a roller disco, live music fills the air from the bandstand, and the attraction hosts seasonal events throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDreamland captures everything we love about family days out on the coast, and thanks to its wristband scheme you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to buy your bands and enjoy your day. There\u0026rsquo;s even a roller diner, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to dine in style during your visit too. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3865,"LocationLongitude":1.37552,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-529543135 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/dreamland","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-529543135 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Margate Sands","Body":"\u003cp\u003eMargate\u0026rsquo;s always been one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s best-loved seaside destinations, and Margate Sands is the main beach in this sandy bay. Likely to play a pretty big part in your Margate holiday, the main sands are home to a tidal pool, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find classic rides for the kids and amusements to keep the whole family entertained.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe great news is that this is one of those beaches where there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of sand to enjoy even when the tide comes in, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to practice building sandcastles until the you\u0026rsquo;re ready to pack up and head to one of the nearby restaurants. Or, if you like to sample the local seafood while you\u0026rsquo;re by the sea, you\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of friendly stalls selling local produce to keep you going during your day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re hoping to sit back with a book and just enjoy the setting, you\u0026rsquo;ll find deckchairs available for hire, and beach wheelchairs are available too. Winner of a Seaside Award in 2016, Margate Sands welcomes dogs between the 30\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e September and the end of April each year, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good one for families keen to enjoy those days on the sand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3905,"LocationLongitude":1.37948,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-623278286.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/margate-sands","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-623278286.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Westbrook Bay","Body":"\u003cp\u003eMargate\u0026rsquo;s just one of those destinations that\u0026rsquo;s all about having a brilliant time together by the sea, and Westbrook Bay is one of the sandy beaches that have long made for happy days with buckets and spades. This sandy beach has pretty much everything you need to keep the kids happy on the beach all day, and when the sun\u0026rsquo;s shining bustles with activity as visitors set up camp on the sand for summer days.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you go all out and hire a traditional beach hut for your stay, or you\u0026rsquo;re happy just to get yourself a deck chair for the day and sit back with that book you\u0026rsquo;ve been meaning to read, Westbrook\u0026rsquo;s a friendly, safe beach with plenty of space. Popular with swimmers, this one\u0026rsquo;s also a favourite for water skiing and windsurfing. Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re happier on dry land, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to stay on the sand and just watch the sporty folk do their thing out on the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban at this beach, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a caf\u0026eacute; and restaurant nearby for those family meals during those long sunny days enjoying the coast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3862,"LocationLongitude":1.3624,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/westbrook-bay","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Shell Grotto","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe love the fact that, in a quiet series of catacombs in the heart of Margate, you\u0026rsquo;ll find an ancient shell grotto that\u0026rsquo;s mystified visitors for centuries. The walls of the caves are decorated with beautiful patterns made from millions of tiny shells, and the fact that it lay quietly undiscovered until 1835 makes it even more intriguing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNobody quite knows how the shell grotto came to be, let alone when or why, but that\u0026rsquo;s actually part of its charm. All we know is that somebody, at some time, has painstakingly collected millions of local shells and created a stunning mosaic on every wall of the grotto \u0026ndash; and nobody even knew it was there until it was discovered by accident all those years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe grotto\u0026rsquo;s privately owned, and visitors are welcome every day during the summer and on weekends during the winter, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to step inside and see it for yourself during your time in Margate. \u0026nbsp;The caves maintain a steady temperature of 10\u003cimg src=\"file:///C:/Users/KELLY~1.MAR/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.png\" style=\"height:19px; width:6px\" /\u003e\u0026nbsp;all year round, so they\u0026rsquo;re nice and cool in the summer and not too chilly if you visit on a winter\u0026rsquo;s day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3876,"LocationLongitude":1.38943,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-506761792.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/shell-grotto","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-506761792.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]}],"MetaData":{"Title":"Margate Holidays, wide range of Margate Holiday Cottages | Blue Chip Holidays","Description":"","Keywords":""},"ErrorCode":null,"ErrorDescription":null,"IsSuccess":true},"PointOfInterestDetails":{"PointOfInterestItem":null,"Distance":null},"IsDestinationPage":true}