Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Margate

Turner Contemporary

This blockbuster contemporary art gallery, bolted together on the site of the seafront guesthouse where master painter JMW Turner used to stay, is one of East Kent’s top attractions. Within the strikingly featureles…
Top Choice Cafe in Margate

Mad Hatter

This unmissable, completely cuckoo eatery run by a top-hatted proprietor packs two rooms of a 1690s house with regalia and knick-knackery from down the ages. Christmas decorations stay up all year and the toilets ar…
Grotto in Margate

Shell Grotto

Margate’s unique attraction is a mysterious subterranean grotto, discovered in 1835. It’s a claustrophobic collection of rooms and passageways embedded with 4.6 million shells arranged in symbol-rich mosaics. It has…
Amusement Park in Margate

Dreamland

Given the kiss of life using lottery and council funds, Margate’s famous amusement park is slowly coming back to life after a decade of lying derelict. The main attraction here is the so-called Scenic Railway, a 192…
Pizza in Margate

Great British Pizza Company

A world away from your normal ‘British pizza’, the delicious cheese-topped wheels at this cool hang-out are made using the best local and Italian ingredients. Right on the seafront, this popular feeding spot has a f…