Condé Nast Traveller's 10 amazing things to do in Margate

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10 amazing things to do in Margate

'Ever since its heyday as a Victorian seaside resort, Margate has attracted pleasure seekers to its golden beaches. But now, thanks to restaurant openings, a new hipster influx and an exciting art scene sparked by the Turner Contemporary, it's time to rediscover the Kentish town'

Spend a day at the fair

This historic pleasure park dates back to 1880, but Dreamland underwent an £18-million overhaul in 2015 spearheaded by Red or Dead's Wayne Hemingway - the creative brains behind the project. And with retro rides such as a Grade-II-listed scenic railway (not quite big or fast enough to be called a rollercoaster, but the views are still a thrill), kitsch decor and beautifully landscaped gardens, it's easily the most fashionable amusement park we've ever driven a dodgem around. Dreamland is the town's go-to, free-to-enter place for fun with regular gig nights and DJ sets, even a literary festival on the horizon.

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Admire art with a view

Set on the harbour, the petite but perfectly proportioned and expertly curated Turner Contemporary art gallery showcases the work of everyone from up-and-coming British artist Michael Armitage to local legend Tracey Emin, who returned to her home town to open the gallery on 16 April 2011. Best of all are the sketches by landscape painter JMW Turner, who famously loved Margate's sea and once described the skies over Thanet as 'the loveliest in all of Europe'.

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Get a taste of the sea

Hantverk & Found is everyone's perfect neighbourhood restaurant. Astonishingly good seafood dishes come from the very talented Kate de Syllas, while the walls showcase works by local artists. Expect fresh oysters with just a squeeze of lemon, line-caught halibut with spelt, porcini and chestnuts or a goat's curd, fig and pomegranate salad drizzled with truffle honey.

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Wake up in your dream townhouse

The Reading Rooms is easily the most stylish digs in town. Find it in the pretty Hawley Square where a former graphic-design-and-DJ-duo have restored the ornate fireplaces, antique floorboards and floor-to-ceiling sash windows in this envy-inducing Georgian townhouse. Plus, brilliantly - breakfast (an antique tray laden with carrot-and-ginger juice and toasted ciabatta topped with cream cheese, honey and cinnamon) is delivered to your room to be scoffed in bed. With just three bedrooms, you'll need to book ahead.

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Cycle the promenade to a Grade-II-listed tidal pool

Pick up a pretty baby-blue bicycle from Ride, a new scheme based at the Old Kent Market, and then whizz along the promenade to Walpole Bay Tidal Pool. The vast, wild and beautiful seawater pool is submerged two hours either side of high tide - at any other time, leap in with the locals.

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Wolf down a life-changing cheese toastie

Cheesy Tiger, in a prime spot on Margate's harbour arm, might just do the best grilled-cheese sandwich we've ever tasted - toasted to a perfect crisp on the outside, it's an oozy, cheesy, pickle-studded delight on the inside. Order a side of spicy padrón peppers and pair with wine from the all-natural list.

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Surround yourself with shells

The origins of Margate's Shell Grotto remain a mystery, which makes this subterranean passageway, covered entirely in elaborate seashell mosaics, even more eerie. The cavern was discovered in 1835 during Margate's prime as a Victorian seaside resort, and various theories identify it as a prehistoric astronomical calendar, or a 19th-century, rich-man's folly. We suggest you come and form your own pet theory about this unique underground showstopper.

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Enjoy a proper old-fashioned afternoon tea

During the summer, the sun terrace of the Edwardian Walpole Bay Hotel is the best spot in Margate for a cold G&T, or indeed, a prosecco cream tea. Inside, the atmospheric dining room and bar feels like the set of an Agatha Christie adaptation - complete with leather Chesterfields, Art Deco lighting and a gated Otis lift from 1927. Don't miss the Walpole Bay Museum upstairs, which is chock-a-block with local artefacts including fossils, maps and paintings.

Cream tea Ciftonville Margate via: thanetonline.blogspot

Have a big night in a small theatre

The Tom Thumb Theatre is one of the UK's dinkiest venues, but with comedy from Josie Long, music from electronic star Quiet Boy and a consistently strong theatrical programme, this small spot dreams big. Plus, the adorable and atmospheric bar is open from Thursdays to Sundays, when you can sit outside on the terrace with a craft beer.

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Fix your hangover, on a bus

The Bus Café has moved from its original spot among the mid-century-modern furniture, street art and studios of Fort Road Yard and now overlooks the beach in front of the Nayland Rock Hotel. If you overdid it on cider at the Harbour Arms the night before, try the Hangover Hash - a brilliant potato and red-onion rosti topped with crisp lardons, sausage pieces, mumbled eggs and refried beans.

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