The original seaside

The Margate Story

Margate, the original seaside, has risen from the ashes over the past decade and this is thanks, in the main, to the regenerative power of the arts. This famous seaside resort now enjoying its uber-cool status, offers everything from traditional seaside fun, to hip boutiques, bars, pubs and cafés, plus the renowned Turner Contemporary art gallery.

Margate is a seaside town in Kent, in the South East region of the UK. Located under 90 minutes by train from London, Margate is an easily accessible place for growth outside of the British capital. It has an entire set of unique assets to offer, making it especially attractive for housing and creative industries.


In 2011 the Turner Contemporary Gallery opened its doors and since then has welcomed 3.6m visitors. Local artists and creatives have been able to capitalize on the influx of visitors and the Old Town is now a hub of independent galleries, cool vintage shops, antiques houses and book shops.

The seafront Marine Drive is home to a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars; more than could service any foodie worth their (sea) salt. Dreamland has breathed new life back into the beautiful seafront of Margate’s Main Sands which is the closest sandy beach to London.

It’s no wonder then, that many commentators have given Margate the moniker of “Shoreditch on Sea”.

Margate has the largest number of listed structures in the South East and is home to dozens of charming and quirky buildings, a protected coastline and close to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Margate Connected

Drive time to Private Heliport at Kent International Airport

14 mins

Drive time from Sea ferry port in Dover to Margate

40 mins

Drive time from Eurotunnel station in Folkestone to Margate

50 mins

Rail time from London St Pancras International to Margate direct

85 mins

Drive time from Gatwick Airport to Margate

85 mins

Drive time from London City Airport to Margate

90 mins

Drive time from Central London to Margate

110 mins

Drive time from Heathrow Airport to Margate

110 mins

"Margate… with a growing community of artists and epicures – plus hipsters down from London joining the bucket-and-spade brigade. Some even call it “Shoreditch-on-sea”"

"The coast is britain's jewel in the crown. If I was starting my life again i'd love to start in a place like Margate"

Wayne Hemmingway – MBE, Designer

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