Day out in Margate: top five things to do

Top five things to do in Margate

Top five things to do in Margate

Top five things to do in Margate

Top five things to do in Margate

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Where else but Margate can you enjoy mouth-watering cheeses washed down with cider, the works of Turner set against the sea and a mysterious grotto made of shells?

This seaside town may appear slightly neglected at first glance but delve a bit deeper and it is a treasure trove of opportunity. What’s more, you can get there for £10 return from London when you buy online.

Here are some recommendations from News Shopper:

1. You can explore the Grade 1 listed Shell Grotto for only £3.50.

This incredible labyrinth of shell-covered tunnels is believed to have been discovered in 1835 during the digging of a duck pond under farmland.

However its origins remain clouded in mystery.

Some experts believe it may have date back to the Knights Templar of the mid 12th century whilst others saying it only dates back to the 1700s or even later. 

2. For a spot of lunch why not try Peter’s Fish Factory which is ideally located along the sea front and does great fish and chips. Nuff said.

News Shopper: Quiz with Fish and Chip Supper

3. You will probably need some beautiful views and cultural inspiration to help you digest. The Turner Gallery (pictured below) showcases the Margate coastline and will make you feel like you are starring in your own episode of Grand Designs.

The exhibitions, obviously focusing on Turner, are also worth a trip.

There is also currently an accompanying exhibition on Helen Frankenthaler who was influenced by the Victorian painter.

4. The Mad Hatter’s Tearoom is indeed mad. Crammed full with British memorabilia, with a current focus on Princess Diana.

Above the stairs you can also spot an apparently ‘floating baby’ in a Victorian family portrait.

News Shopper: Top five things to do in Margate

It offers a huge range of treats from cream teas to champagne and everything in between. It also boasts an excellent Tripadvisor rating.

5. And to wash down all the cream tea, culture and shell knowledge, it is probably worth nipping for a trip in The Lifeboat pub

It has delicious cheeses from Kent, ranging between £4 and £8, local wines and a huge range of ciders. It is small, slightly disorganised but full of old-boozer charm.

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Have you got good tips for where to go in Margate? Leave your comments below.

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1:33pm Thu 27 Feb 14

rojo174 says...

A good tip when you are unfortunate enough find yourself in Margate is to make your way to the train station and come home.
A good tip when you are unfortunate enough find yourself in Margate is to make your way to the train station and come home. rojo174
  • Score: 8

2:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

felix100 says...

Totally agree rojo174 They forgot to mention the gangs of singe male asylum seekers and the chavvy parents swearing at their children
Totally agree rojo174 They forgot to mention the gangs of singe male asylum seekers and the chavvy parents swearing at their children felix100
  • Score: 25

3:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

danm5577 says...

Used to be a lovely place when I was a kid, amusements, pretty lights along the seafront.
Was it nice or was it coz I was a kid and you didn't notice these things?
Definitely a place to drive through!
Used to be a lovely place when I was a kid, amusements, pretty lights along the seafront. Was it nice or was it coz I was a kid and you didn't notice these things? Definitely a place to drive through! danm5577
  • Score: 6

3:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

the wall says...

rojo174 wrote:
A good tip when you are unfortunate enough find yourself in Margate is to make your way to the train station and come home.
This ^ 100%
[quote][p][bold]rojo174[/bold] wrote: A good tip when you are unfortunate enough find yourself in Margate is to make your way to the train station and come home.[/p][/quote]This ^ 100% the wall
  • Score: -16

7:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Margit.....why would you.

NO THanK You
Margit.....why would you. NO THanK You Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -15

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