Destination guide

Secure a Broadstairs cottage for beaches and indie shopping

Broadstairs is a coastal town that offers the perfect atmosphere for Kent holiday cottages. Broadstairs is known for Blue Flag beaches, independent shops in the high street area and literary, music and food events, so you’ll have endless options for how to spend your time. With a cottage in Broadstairs, you can see the best the town has to offer, from local community theatre to eclectic restaurants and lively bars and pubs with local fare. You could also get a cottage near the beach, so you can spend most of your day relaxing on the clean sand and wading in the calm water.


Discover Dickens history with holiday cottages, Broadstairs

Back in the 1800s, Charles Dickens fell head over heels for Broadstairs and spent over 20 summers basking in its Victorian charm. Today, the pocket-sized Dickens House Museum celebrates the legacy of the beloved English writer and is filled with original letters, manuscripts and memorabilia. You can even stay in Dickens-era accommodation, with Broadstairs holiday rentals showcasing characterful flint cottages and elegant Victorian terraced houses.


Activities and attractions in and around Broadstairs

Do you want to find things to do while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Broadstairs a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dreamland (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Royal St George's Golf Club (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Strokes Adventure Golf (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
  • St. Augustine's Golf Club (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Westgate and Birchington Golf Club (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Stonelees Golf Centre (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Broadstairs

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Broadstairs

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Broadstairs. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stone Bay (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Viking Bay (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Joss Bay (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Louisa Bay (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Kingsgate Bay (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Dumpton Gap (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)

Beach-hopping with Broadstairs holiday cottages

It's hard to resist the allure of Viking Bay, a horseshoe-shaped beach fringed by shallow, crystalline water. Chalky white cliffs give Stone Bay a secluded feel, while golden sand and rolling waves make Joss Bay one of England's top surf beaches. If beach access is a priority, snap up Broadstairs holiday cottages just steps from the sand. After a day in the sun, spacious gardens are ideal for BBQs and refreshing cocktails.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Broadstairs

The nearest airport is in Manston (MSE-Kent Intl.), located 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Broadstairs Station.

How to get around

Getting around Broadstairs from your holiday rental

The Broadstairs town centre is easy to get around on foot, with the walk from High Street to the beach taking just minutes. Snap up Broadstairs holiday lets and you'll be within strolling distance of local cafes, restaurants and pubs. Cycling can be a great way to enjoy the coastal scenery, while renting a car offers the freedom to explore Kent at your own pace. Local trains run from London Victoria and Saint Pancras to Broadstairs in two hours.

Food & drink 

Enjoy local seafood with Broadstairs holiday cottages

Kent is known as the "Garden of England" in a nod to its lush farmland, orchards and vineyards. Broadstairs is a great place to bite into farm-fresh cuisine, with a bounty of cafes, restaurants and delis to choose from. Broadstairs is also known for its seafood, with local specialties including dover sole, monkfish and Whitstable oysters. Beer aficionados will love sipping their way through local ales crafted from East Kent Golding, a classic English hop with notes of citrus, honey, spice and thyme. Sunny gardens make Broadstairs holiday cottages perfect for private tasting sessions and seafood BBQs.

Essential info

Essential info for your Broadstairs holiday rentals stay

  • There are regular firework displays throughout July and August (weather permitting), plus an annual summer water gala to enjoy
  • Pack layers, as Broadstairs can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Check out for 2FOR1 offers on top attractions near Broadstairs
  • Visit outside July and August to beat the summer crowds
  • Use your Broadstairs holiday cottage as a base for exploring more of Kent's charismatic beach towns, including trendy Margate, bohemian Folkestone and upscale Whitstable

How many holiday rentals are available around Broadstairs?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 419 holiday lettings around Broadstairs. From 138 cottages to 147 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Broadstairs?

Crystal clear waters, golden sands and blue skies as a backdrop. If that is your idea of the perfect getaway, now's your chance to get your bliss on. HomeAway has 125 holiday homes by the beach. Of course, that might not be your style. Luckily, HomeAway has plenty of other choices, including:

  • 110 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 96 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 37 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Broadstairs?

You can forget about uninspiring chain-hotel rooms. Our house holiday rentals offer a personal touch — as well as all the space you and your group could need! There are 215 options currently available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £75 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Apartment: 118 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £57 per night.
  • Cottage: 85 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £85 per night.
  • Hotel: 16 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £52 per night.

Can I stay in Broadstairs in a large group?

The recipe for the perfect holiday is unwinding with loved ones in a completely new place. If you're hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway has options for you. House holiday rentals are the most popular option here for large groups of guests. Our worldwide database presently has 57 available. In the area, the holiday rentals that can accommodate large groups of guests include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we have 127 rental properties appropriate for that size. Stay a night for as little as £96.
  • If you have 5 in your squad, you'll be thrilled to discover that there are 62 rental properties that are perfect. Prices start at £75 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 8? We've got 47 holiday rentals that will meet your needs. Prices start from £86 a night.

So never fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your uncle, your cousin and all your besties to Broadstairs.