As the weather gets warmer we’ve put together a list of five Kent seaside towns you can visit easily by train from south east London with ideas on what to do for the perfect day out by the seaside.

With the weather beginning to get warmer there will be many of us getting ready to spend a day at the beach.

Kent has some great examples of traditional British seaside towns complete with pastel coloured beach huts, harbours, and plenty of places to grab your food staples like fish and chips and ice cream.

But you don’t need to be able to drive in order to spend a day at the sea, there are some great places by the sea you can reach by train from south east London.

Today we’ve rounded up five beaches in Kent you can travel to by train from south east London.


Whether it’s fairground rides, shops, museums and galleries, or a touch of nostalgia, Margate has all of that rolled into one.

Margate offers visitors a sandy beach complete with fairground rides, giving it that nostalgic British seaside feel.

You can catch a direct train from Bromley South which takes roughly an hour and a half to get there.

Margate has plenty of things to see and do for the whole family, whether you want to go on the rides at Dreamland or explore the beautiful Shell Grotto which is studded with 4.6 million shells.

Margate also has an array of places to shop for gifts, clothes, vintage items and more in Old Town Margate.

If you’re an art lover, you can check out some art at the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, which is free.


If you’re after a slightly quieter but equally as nostalgic seaside town, then just a short train ride away from Margate is the seaside town of Broadstairs.

You can catch a direct train from Bromley South to Broadstairs, which takes roughly an hour and a half to get to, with the attractions being a short walk from the station.

You won’t be stuck for sitting spots in Broadstairs either, Broadstairs has seven different bays to choose from, with the closest to the station being Viking Bay.

It also offers some local attractions like the Dickens House Museum, which showcases a collection of artefacts that explore the famous writer’s connection to the town.

You could also do a spot of shopping and visit some of the town’s independent shops, selling a mix of clothes, gifts, homeware and more.

If you fancy an ice cream head over to Morelli’s Gelato, which first opened in 1932 and now offers a range of treats from sundaes, milkshakes, crepes, waffles, pastries and more.


Just over an hour away by train from Bromley South, Whitstable is a great place to visit if you’re into photography.

Whitstable has so many great photo opportunities from the boats in the harbour to the pastel coloured beach huts and shop fronts.

If you have a sweet tooth, you can have afternoon tea at Whitstable Castle, which is £26 for an adult and £18 for a child.

Or why not sample some freshly caught oysters which Whitstable is so famous for.


If you like sandy beaches and beautiful harbours, Ramsgate is a great place to visit for a day by the sea.

You can get a direct train from Bromley South station, which takes an hour and 40 minutes to the seaside town of Ramsgate.

Ramsgate Main Sands is a popular sandy beach, which is just a short walk away from its Royal Harbour and marina.

Ramsgate’s popular harbour is always a sight worth seeing and makes for some great photo taking opportunities for any photo enthusiasts.

Or if you feel like learning a bit about the local history why not take a tour of Ramsgate Tunnels, which formerly served as a large air raid shelter for thousands of people during World War II.


Dover isn’t just the place to catch the ferry to France from, Dover is also known for its interesting local history.

You can catch a direct train from Bromley South to Dover Priory, which takes two hours, or if you want to get there in an hour and 38 minutes you can change at Faversham.

Take a trip to Dover Castle, which was built after 1066 and was later used during World War II as a signalling station and a hospital.

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The castle also has incredible views of the surrounding coastline and Medieval rooms to explore.

If it’s a nice day, why not make a picnic and take a walk to enjoy it from the stunning views of the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

Or if you fancy a drink why not head over to Dover’s oldest pub, The White Horse, which dates back to 1365 and is rumoured to be haunted according to its website.