Minnis Bay
Minnis Bay

Calm Coast

Soothing, classic and calm – in the shores around Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate you’ll find tucked-away coves, historic harbours and bird-packed bays.

The Isle of Thanet’s Georgian and Victorian architecture evokes a gentler age. Your toughest call will be whether to lounge on secluded unspoilt sandy bays, take a gentle promenade stroll, or stride off on a cliff top walk.

Discover quiet coves dotted with chalk stacks, rock pools and sea caves. Roam over rural sweeps of sand, stretches of untouched sea cliffs and nature havens alive with wildlife. 

Here, you can be as active, or not, as you choose. Delight in the excellent bird watching at Sandwich and the National Nature Reserve at Pegwell Bay. Go sea-angling on a boat trip from Ramsgate Harbour, before heading to Margate to discover how historic photos can chart coastal and climate change.

Or simply settle down to watch the sunset amid Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate’s famously romantic, evening skies - views that have long inspired writers and artists.

Encounter these creative links on the 4-mile trail between JMW Turner’s Margate and Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs. Or set off on a history-rich, self-guided stroll; highlights include Ramsgate’s Pugin Town Trail, Margate’s Heritage Trail and Broadstairs Town Trail.

Love cycling and walking? The highly scenic, 32 mile (51.4km) Viking Coastal Trail features superb shorter stretches too. For a real insider guide, link up with a Greeter - local enthusiasts happy to share their knowledge. Guided walks include those exploring the secrets of seaweed, and the award-winning St Peter’s Village Tour, where costumed characters bring the past vividly to life.