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Introducing Margate

A popular seaside resort for over 250 years thanks to its fine-sand beaches, Margate still strives to recapture its Victorian heyday of candy-striped beach huts, donkey rides and Punch and Judy puppet shows. But these days it’s more about amusements and chippies, and outside summer has the melancholy air of a town past its prime.

Visit the tourist office (0870 264 6111; www.visitthanet.co.uk; 12-13 The Parade; 9.15am-4.15pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat) for maps and information.