Site Logo

Isle of Thanet’s unique selling points

16 spectacular sandy beaches and bays – 4 with Blue Flags and 12 with Seaside Awards (2024 awards)

North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA) – the coastline is covered by international and national designations for its marine and bird life

• Longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in Britain

• The only Royal Harbour in the country, as decreed by King George IV in 1821 in recognition of the hospitality he received when he embarked with the Royal Squadron from Ramsgate for Hanover

Turner Contemporary – the largest purpose-built gallery in the South East, outside London

Dreamland, the UKs original pleasure park, reimagined

• Rich historic connections and commemorations such as the evacuation of Dunkirk, helping hold the frontline in WW1 and WW2, the arrival of the Saxons, the invasion of Hengist and Horsa, the start of Roman Britain led by Julius Caesar and the arrival of England’s first Christian, St. Augustine

• Famous literary and artistic connections such as Charles Dickens, JMW Turner, Augustus Pugin, Vincent Van Gogh and Tracey Emin

• Southeastern’s high-speed train service from London’s St. Pancras International to Margate (90 mins), Broadstairs (85 mins) and Ramsgate (75 mins)

• Viking Coastal Trail (32 miles / 51.4 km), most attractive leisure cycling route in Kent, much of which is along traffic free promenades

• Coastal Explorer Packs, unique to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, helping visitors to discover our rich heritage stories and natural coastal designations

• Digital Discovery Plaques, discover some of the area’s unique stories, rich heritage and secrets at key locations around the Isle’s coast.