The Bay, Margate

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available SSSI Dog friendly

Season: autumn

Margate’s main town beach sits in the lea of its characterful harbour.  Also known as The Bay or Margate Sands, this is a traditional resort, which has been rejuvenated by the addition of the Dreamland theme park and the patronage of artists.  The Old Town Quarter of Margate has also been regenerated and popularised recently.  This feels like an awakened resort, diverse and cultured, including The Turner Contemporary gallery, but rooted in its past too.  This is a good beach for people-watching and to enjoy the sights and sounds of a quintessential English seaside resort.

Autumn season photo gallery


What the beach means to Kim.


Low tide in the harbour at Margate.