Kent is renowned for its beautiful beaches - in fact, the Isle of Thanet has more Blue Flag beaches than any other area in the country.
The golden sands of Broadstairs’ horseshoe-shaped Viking Bay inspired Charles Dickens to pen an essay establishing Broadstairs as ‘Our English Watering-Place’. The beach is a popular family destination, and its traditional promenade makes it a timeless example of British seaside charm.
Housed in the eponymous flint tower, and easily accessible by train, the Crampton Tower Museum is one of Broadstairs’ most iconic landmarks, and serves as a testament to the celebrated engineer Thomas Russell Crampton. Designer of some of the earliest steam locomotives, Crampton was a visionary engineer, and a colleague of Brunel. The museum collection houses Crampton’s working drawings, models and graphics, alongside his personal affects and records of the development of local railways. The pride of the museum’s collection is an original Broadstairs 1860 stage coach and an extensive range of model railways, including one which young children can ride.
Kent’s plethora of local and artisanal producers means Broadstairs’ restaurants benefit from the freshest possible ingredients.
A small, family-run independent restaurant, Broadstairs’ ‘Wyatt and Jones’ demonstrates everything that makes Kent’s’ culinary scene so special: baking their own bread, smoking their own fish and butchering their own meat, whilst supporting a range of local food suppliers and Kentish breweries, to showcase the very best that Kent has to offer.
At Restaurant 54, head chef Joe Silk has crafted an exquisite contemporary European menu, complemented by one of the finest and most diverse wine lists in Kent. The menu offers a wide range of choice, including some of Broadstairs’ best vegetarian options. Silk offers inventive variations on local favourites, sourcing his ingredients from established local suppliers.