A small seaside town between Ramsgate and Margate, where small flint houses and fishermen's cottages look out over a quaint little harbour with bobbing fishing boats.

Broadstairs © Rob Farrow (CC2)

Broadstairs was a fashionable 'watering place' during the Regency and Victorian periods. Today it is a charming and unspoiled holiday resort with narrow winding lanes and a fine cliff top promenade. The esplanade, backing the town's main beach, is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and eateries.

Located in an attractive coastal region, which includes miles of sandy shore backed by chalk cliffs with views out over the sea. The area boasts a number of excellent sweeping beaches and bays. Traditional seaside fun can be found at Viking Bay with children's amusement, donkey rides and a tidal pool. Joss Bay is one of the best surfing beaches in the South East. To the north, Stone Bay offers a quieter area with rock pools. Further up the coast, Botany Bay boasts beautiful white cliffs and chalk stacks.

The town has strong associations with Charles Dickens who wrote several of his most famous novels during his time there. His sea front home, Bleak House, is now a museum dedicated to his life and works. A Dickens Festival is celebrated each year in mid June, a time when locals dress up as some of his most famous characters.

A lighthouse, on the North Foreland, is part of an ancient series of beacons that have guided shipping since Roman times. It was built in 1691 but has been updated over the years.

Places of Interest in Broadstairs

Bleak House Museum

This cliff-top mansion overlooking the bay contains many items of Dickens' personal effects, furniture and some original editions of his works. Read more ...

Map of Broadstairs


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