Broadstairs – The Jewel in the Crown
The town is known as the ‘Jewel in Thanet’s Crown’ and was formally called Bradstow(e) – meaning broad place. There is a historical reference to the ‘Shrine of Our Lady’ which acted as a landmark for sailors and has now been converted in The Chapel micropub. The town has a thriving café culture, restaurants and a good mix of independent and chain shops. If you’re interested in living in Broadstairs, come into our Broadstairs office and we can help find a property to suit you.
A brief history of Broadstairs
A fishing settlement developed in the vicinity of the shrine in the 14th century. The town came to be known as Broadstairs after a flight of steps was built into the cliffs to provide access to the shrine from the bay.
Broadstairs developed into a seaside resort and in 1842, when steamboats became common, visits and trade from London increased in frequency. The town now has an estimated population of 25,000 people.
Travel from Broadstairs
Travel to and from Broadstairs is easy. The high speed rail link to London St. Pancras connects Broadstairs to the capital in just over an hour and 20 minutes. Alternatively, National Express Coaches offer a good service in and out of the town.
Getting around the local area couldn’t be more simple, with buses connecting Broadstairs to all the surrounding towns and well sign-posted roads make driving easily negotiable.