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Margate's heart and soul are bound up in history, sand and sea.

There's a rich past waiting to be discovered among the spires and towers of churches that make their mark on the townscape. There's a bright, bustling town centre geared for today's shoppers. There are spaces for rest and reflection and places to drink, eat and dance until dawn.

There are hidden corners where the past is only a breath away and places where the backward shadow of the future brings promise of great things to come - like the proposed Turner Contemporary, a new venue for visual arts due to open in 2007. This future can be glimpsed at The Droit House, on the seafront, that hosts the Visitor Interpretation Centre for Turner Contemporary.

Broadstairs - which derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon word Bradstow, meaning broad place - was the holiday home of Charles Dickens and it's not hard to see why the town cast its spell on one of the world's greatest writers.

Unpretentious and unspoilt, it lays out myriad charms - from the seven glorious, sandy bays and exhilarating cliff top walks to a bustling shopping centre and a wealth of history.
Broadstairs has a staggering choice of places to eat, bringing flavours from around the world to this Kentish seaside town. Mexican, Tandoori, Italian and Chinese restaurants thrive alongside more traditional restaurants and pubs offering meals and snacks. No visit to the seaside would be complete without an ice cream and Broadstairs boasts two parlours that make their own.

Award-winning guided walks, town trails and ghost trails will help you get the most out of the town centre, promenade and coastline. But whether you take an organised tour or set out on your own voyage of discovery you will find that Broadstairs, with its 'magnificent seven' bays, thriving town centre, stunning cliff top walks and rich history, will delight you every step of the way.

Ramsgate presents an enticing mix of maritime history, cosmopolitan pizzazz and traditional seaside appeal.

It is home to the only Royal Harbour in the country, has a superb marina, award-winning sandy beach, a busy, cater-for-all town centre and superb bays and cliff tops that invite exploration.

Excellent restaurants and some fine architectural features of its townscape set the seal on the town’s appeal.

The town centre is set above the picturesque waterfront and fronted by Regency and Victorian terraces. Although rich in history, Ramsgate’s modern town centre offers everything for today’s visitors from gift shops to great restaurants.

Ramsgate was granted ‘royal’ status for its harbour in 1821 in recognition of the hospitality given to King George IV when he sailed from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron on his way to Hanover.

Today the rich vein of sea-faring blood that runs through the town is celebrated in its new marina and working harbour which thrive alongside golden sands with their promise of traditional seaside entertainment.