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Turner Contemporary: Opened in April 2011, the Turner Contemporary art gallery on Margate seafront was designed by David Chipperfield. The gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions. Please check ahead to see what's on. It may have been inspired by JMW Turner but this is very much a home to contemporary and conceptual art of various media rather than traditional paintings. When planning your visit please check for exhibition changeover periods when parts of the gallery may be closed off. Entrance is free. Closed Mondays (except bank holidays).
Beaches: Margate has a number of sandy beaches popular with families, including the town's famous Seaside Award main beach, Margate Main Sands, and Seaside Award Westbrook Bay, a short walk west of the train station. The busy Main Sands has children's rides, deck chair hire, a sports court and beach bar. Westbrook Bay is lined with chalets and just along the promenade is Strokes Adventure Golf.
Amusement Arcades: There are a number of traditional seaside family amusement arcades along Marine Terrace opposite the Main Sands, between the rail station and the clock tower.
Margate Old Town: This small quarter, between the seafront and Hawley Street (bordered by Market Street and King Street), is home to a growing number of vintage shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. There is a distinct bohemian air, somewhat different to the rest of the town. Within the Old Town is Margate Museum, located inside the old police station and magistrates court.
Margate Harbour Arm: The stone pier next to Turner Contemporary protects the small harbour and its old warehouses have been transformed into cafes, bars and galleries. The walkway offers good views back to shore and to watch a Turner sunset.
The New Kings Stairs: these sea defences, completed in April 2013, form a walkway between the Main Sands and the Old Town. The stepped revetment is a new place to sit, paddle or walk and admire the sea away from the sands. Opposite the steps are a number of independent gift and beach goods shops, eateries and wine bars where you can enjoy amazing views of the sea and the harbour arm.
Shell Grotto: The underground Shell Grotto is a 10 minute walk inland from the Turner Contemporary and the seafront, hidden in a residential area of town. Comprised of passageways and chambers decorated with millions of shells, its origins are a mystery.
Dreamland – the UK’s original pleasure park reimaged opened June 2015. Enjoy rides from across the decades – helter skelter, big wheel, dodgems and grade II*listed scenic railway plus sideshows, arcades, roller disco, events and emporium