Margate is one of the first and most loved seaside resorts of traditional charms but developing into a modern resort with a cultural edge. Restaurants and cafés surround the piazza area by the harbour whilst around the corner galleries and quirky shops are waiting to be discovered. From the harbour there is a great view of the development of the Turner Contemporary Gallery due to open 2011, named after JMW Turner, Britain's best-known artist who was inspired by the area.
There is nothing like the fresh sea air and active fun for stimulating a healthy appetite and in addition to freshly cooked fish and chips, candyfloss and cockles and whelks there are pavement cafes, trendy coffee bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy a leisurely meal 'alfresco' whilst toying with what to do next.
Our surrounding villages along the coast and inland are full of surprising discoveries, steeped in history ancient and modern. The coastal village of Birchington is home to the remarkable Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens and beautiful Minnis Bay. Just along the coast at Westgate-on-Sea is West Bay and St Mildred's. Inland Sarre, Monkton, Minster, St. Nicholas-at-Wade and Acol are all pretty rural villages with fine churches and great country pubs. Discover Minster Abbey, Sarre Windmill, Monkton Nature Reserve and nearby one of the nation's earliest aerodromes and a great free attraction, RAF Manston Spitfire and Hurricane Museum. This is just across the road from the passenger terminal building. A visit to St Peter's to enjoy the award winning St. Peter's Village Tour is a must, which in 2009 was winner of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
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