The Isle of Thanet is a beautiful area full of all sorts of different, amazing things to do. But, this can be a problem if you’ve never been here before! There’s so much to do and see that it can be hard to know where to start. So, here’s a list of 10 of the best things to do while you’re in the area!
1. Ramsgate Tunnels – Nestled deep below the ground from Ramsgate to near Broadstairs are the Ramsgate Tunnels. This 3 ¼ mile long tunnel system was built in 1939 as an air raid shelter. Today, you can access them through an old railway tunnel and go on an hour long guided tour so that you can see how people lived in the tunnels during the war. A real, in-depth insight into life during the war that’s right beneath your nose!
2. Viking bay – If you are looking for a stunning beach to spend some time relaxing on, then look no further than Viking Bay. This gorgeous, sandy beach is perfect all year round. In the winter you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery before stepping into a nearby bar or restaurant to warm yourself. But, in the summer there are loads of things to do including “Punch and Judy” stands, fishing trips, a pier, and plenty of places to get some ice cream and enjoy the sun.
3. Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum This museum is perfect for anyone with an interest in the second world war and in particular those who like aeroplanes. There are a number of impeccably preserved examples of these historic planes that will captivate pretty much anyone. And the best thing about it is that there’s no entry fee!
4. The RAF Manston History Museum – Another museum filled with old, World War 2 era planes. It’s only a short walk from the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum which means that plane enthusiasts and newcomers alike can find an entire day’s worth of things to do in one place. It’s not just about the planes, there are exhibits about the pilots and other staff involved in the war effort with the RAF too!
5. Dreamland Margate – If you are looking for an exciting way to spend your day on the Isle of Thanet, you’ll struggle to find anywhere better than Dreamland Margate. This theme park is full of rides that adults and children will love and all at a great value price. You can spend an entire day here having fun on the rides, a nice easy way to occupy the kids!
6. Margate Main Sands – However, if you are looking for a slightly more relaxed way to spend a day in Margate, but still with plenty to do, just head down to the main sands. This enormous, sandy beach is filled with things to do. Soft sand, ice cream, fish and chips, and so much more is waiting for you on Margate Main Sands.
7. Margate Old Town – Margate old town is filled with all sorts of quaint, traditional shops and buildings. It’s everything you could want from a seaside town. With plenty of places to grab an ice cream or some fish and chips, or just somewhere to sit and have a coffee, Margate has something for everyone. The old town is a great place to do all of these things as the architecture and atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and spending time with friends and family.
8. Turner Contemporary – The Turner Contemporary Art gallery on Margate’s seafront is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. The gallery presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities that help create links between historic and contemporary art. Admission to the gallery is free so you can find a place to hide from the rain and look at beautiful art without having to worry about the cost.
9. Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve – If you are looking to get out into the outdoors and spend some time in nature, then look no further than the Sandwich and Pegwell bay National Nature Reserve. This land is protected so that nature can be free to roam and take control of the land. This means that it is filled with stunning scenery and gorgeous views that you will love. Perfect for a day’s hiking!
10. Botany Bay – For stunning views across the channel on a hike, you can’t go wrong with Botany Bay. The cliffs in the area are perfect for a lazy day’s wander and are even better with a dog. The beach below is accessible at low tide and is a great place to sit and relax in the summer sun.