A small seaside village with a family atmosphere

Birchington is a seaside village in north-west Thanet. A gorgeous place to live, it’s popular among retirees and families with a bustling tourist industry.

Situated on a main southeastern train line, London St Pancras International is 1 hour 35 minutes by train. By car, you can expect to be in the capital in roughly 1 hour 40 minutes. Getting around the local area is easy too, with buses connecting Birchington to nearby towns and the A28 making it easy to get to Margate and other towns in the area.

There are a range of nurseries, pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the area, with options in nearby towns too.

The average house price in Birchington is slightly higher than the surrounding area. Like many of Thanet’s picturesque towns, property is in keen demand however supply in Birchington is limited. So expect to pay a little more here than you would in other towns or villages.

If you find yourself regularly working in the capital but want to settle down with your family by the coast, Birchington is the perfect seaside spot.

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Things to do in Birchington

Being a seaside village, one of Birchington’s main attractions is the beach. Awarded a Blue Flag in 2018, Minnis Bay is Birchington’s long stretch of sandy beach complete with beach huts. Parking is free and there’s a nearby children’s outdoor play area, so if they’ve built enough sandcastles for the day, there’s plenty of activities in the area.

Minnis Bay is also known for its water sports with windsurfing and sailing clubs taking advantage of the strong sea breeze.

From the bay, you can easily access coastal walking and cycling routes which take you round to neighbouring Margate.

The beach is surrounded by well-reviewed cafes and restaurants for a bite to eat while you enjoy the sea views.

Another of Birchington’s main attractions is the Quex Park estate which is packed with things to do. Home to the Powell-Cotton Museum with its collection of cultural findings from Africa and Asia, a kid’s soft play centre, an activity centre, adventure golf, and a farm shop and restaurant. All set in a rolling 250-acre estate.

A little further inland, Birchington has a good mix of cafes, restaurants and bars. There’s plenty of different cuisines to try from Turkish and Indian, through to British and Italian. Have a look at TripAdvisor for all the latest reviews and recommendations of good places to eat in Birchington.

If you prefer to spend your free time shopping, Birchington has many independent shops and boutiques as well as high street names.