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Holidays in Broadstairs

A coastal town in Kent brimming with sandy bays and chalky cliffs

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Chalk stacks at Botany Bay

The small coastal town of Broadstairs sits on the Isle of Thanet on the east Kent coast between Margate and Ramsgate, and is known as the Jewel in Thanet’s crown. It epitomises an English seaside town with plenty of timeless old world charm, famous literary connections, seven wonderful sandy beaches and a perfect place for a family holiday.

Broadstairs is well known as the favourite holiday destination of Charles Dickens and literary fans can visit the imposing clifftop Bleak House, described as his “airy nest”, where Dickens wrote David Copperfield. The character of Betsy Trotwood was inspired by the landlady of the seafront house that is now the Dickens Museum, full of memorabilia and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers with a wealth of knowledge. Broadstairs is understandably proud of its history which has attracted visitors to the town for generations and every June the town celebrates its famous resident with a week long Dickens festival when the town bustles with costumed characters, plays and talks.

Viking Beach

You will be spoilt for choice with seven sandy beaches, one for every day of the week to choose from! Whether you like exploring the rock pools at Dumpton Gap, Stone Bay or Louisa Bay, surfing at Joss Bay or Viking Bay, or just soaking up the sun at Botany Bay and Kingsgate Bay there will be a beach to suit everyone. Botany Bay is well known for its beautiful chalk stacks and gained its name from the smugglers caught with contraband who were deported to Botany Bay in Australia. You may even be lucky discovering fossils when the tide is out. The main resort has a horse shoe shaped beach called Viking Bay complete with beach huts, restaurants and cafes, a small harbour, surf school and a cliff top promenade.

Proceeding along the path to St Peter’s Village you may find a small group of volunteers leading a guided costume walk around town starting in the churchyard of St Peter’s church. You will learn about life in the workhouse, the tower used in the Napoleonic wars and some of the famous, and even notorious residents.

You will be spoilt for choice with seven sandy beaches...

During the summer months visitors can enjoy a variety of festivals and events, from the Folk Week in August, which attracts musicians and folk music fans from far afield, to the food festival in September, which is a celebration of local produce from the Garden of England. On Sunday afternoons the seaview bandstand is used by a variety of top bands and the Water Gala will entertain the children with sandcastle competitions, fireworks and teddy bear picnics. Cyclists and walkers will enjoy the Viking Trail which is the best way to enjoy the Kent coastline from Broadstairs to Margate and Ramsgate, taking in 32 miles of breathtaking views.

Take a look at our collection of Broadstairs cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Dickens House Museum

Home to displays of Dickens' memorabilia and possessions, as well as former home of Mary Pearson Strong - the inspiration for David Copperfield's Betsey Trotwood

Botany Bay

Offering striking chalk stacks as well as a sandy beach, rock pools and fossil hunting

Viking Trail

Stunning coastal views can be seen walking or cycling along the clifftop path

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