Broadstairs is a fabulous place to come and visit. Pure, unadulterated, quintessential, British seaside town. On 23rd March 2013, Broadstairs was voted by The Times newspaper, the number one Best Place to Live by the Sea in the UK! http://tinyurl.com/cuor25j
Nestled in between Margate and Ramsgate on the Isle of Thanet, it is arguably the prettiest town on this stretch of the East Kent coast. If you come to Broadstairs you will find yourself completely spoilt for choice for beaches.
Not only does Broadstairs have the beautiful Viking Bay which acts as the bay and beach which serves the town, it also has Kingsgate Bay, Joss Bay, Louisa Bay, Dumpton Gap, Stone Bay and Botany Bay. You will more than likely have seen pictures of Botany Bay on adverts on the tube.
Broadstairs is rich in history both in terms of its Architecture you'll discover when walking around the town and surrounding area, but also in association with a certain Charles Dickens who used to holiday here in Broadstairs and referred to Fort House, subsequently renamed Bleak House, the holiday home he stayed in as his 'airy nest'. What can be certain is that the house held a special attraction for Dickens and was the residence he 'most desired' in his most favourite of watering places, Broadstairs.
Broadstairs has everything a holiday destination has to offer. There is a lot for children to do, and there are great venues for adults and activities for mums and dads also. Spending time on the beaches will help you filling your days - sandcastles, trampoline, organised children’s' activities, swimming, walks, bat and ball.
Quex Park in Birchington is a fabulous place for children to visit also, catering for a wide range of ages. For the little ones you have Jungle Jims - a huge play pen is the best way to describe where the kids can immerse themselves in unbridled fun. From Jungle Jims you can move straight on to the Cotton and Powell museum, which is an educational experience unrivalled in the near vicinity. There's a maze, a bell tower and many other activities for the whole family which can be availed of.
Then you need only to look around at the surrounding towns to see how rich the area is in both things to see and do, as well as places of learning. This area of the Kent Coast acted as the gateway for many of the invaders and Pioneers arriving to civilise and/or conquer our shores, each with their own varying degree of success.
Children and adults can learn of St Augustine, sent from Rome by Pope Gregory to reintroduce Christianity, who landed on these shores in 597AD. Then you have Hengist and Horsa, the Viking conquerors sent to the British shores and landing in roughly the same stretch of coastline a century earlier. The history associated with these two landings has led to buildings and commemorative landmarks recognising their significance to the area. Take the Viking Trail via bicycle and experience the beauty of this stretch of coastline.
Sandwich, just south of Broadstairs beneath Ramsgate, is a medieval town replete with amazing buildings and a lovely river which runs out to the sea from which point you can take boat tours. Ramsgate itself has the only Royal harbour in the whole of the UK, decreed Royal by George IV after receiving hospitality before embarking to Hanover.
The Second World War and Napoleoinc Wars also have huge historical significance in this stretch of coastline not only with towns acting as launching points for the military to set sail from during the Napoleonic Wars, but also towns from which the country was defended and attacked during the Second World War.
Dover is very easily accessible from Broadstairs where one can take in Walmer Castle, Dover Castle, the White Cliffs experience and obviously pop over to France by boat, but so too is Canterbury. In Canterbury you will find the cathedral and many other points of historical and retail interest.
Broadstairs is easily accessed by road, rail, air and boat. There is the new High Speed Rail service which runs from King's Cross St Pancras to Broadstairs in about 1hr and 20 minutes. This new service has reduced the travel time from London by about an hour. Road access to Broadstairs is very simple with practically nothing between London or the M25 impeding your access. Straight motorway all the way!
Additionally there is the airport at Manston, now twice daily connecting the continent with this corner of Kent via Schipol and KLM, which aids our worldwide visitors reaching Broadstairs easily. The port in Ramsgate connects Oostende in Belgium and Thanet via the Ferry service which Trans Europa Ferries operates.
In summary Broadstairs has beautiful frontage, boutique shops, lovely restaurants, great bars, festivals in the summer, sailing, golf, a lady selling sea shells on the seashore. It is also a great conduit to other amazing towns around this beautiful corner of Kent.