Adventures around Margatewith PlusBus

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Beaches and birdwatching, cafés and caves, markets, museums and maritime history: Thanet is your oyster with fast trains and cheap buses. You can explore the whole area around Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs with a PlusBus ticket. This bargain add-on to your train ticket gives you unlimited bus travel all day. Here are just a few of the amazing things you could see.

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  • Great for: architecture | beaches | caves | culture | family fun | maritime heritage | nature reserves |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in January 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Pegwell Bay

    Time for a stroll in the country? You can walk all round the coast between Margate and Ramsgate with flower-topped cliffs, sandy beaches and craggy limestone arches. Beyond Ramsgate, it’s a couple of miles on foot or a short bus ride along the coast path to Pegwell Bay. Along the way, you’ll pass the eighteenth-century Belle Vue Tavern with an outdoor terrace overlooking miles of shining water, dotted with windsurfers.

    • Walk on along the coast, past coastguard cottages and an old hovercraft port, to find a nature reserve, where you can spot seals and wading birds like dunlin, sanderling and various plovers. This watery landscape, has orchids in spring meadows and egrets wading among thickets of wild fennel.
    • From the bus stop near a giant model Viking ship.
    • Bus 34 runs hourly back until from nearby Leopold Street (Stop B) to the Nyland Rock bus stop by Margate railway station. The LOOP runs regularly from Ramsgate Harbour (Stop D) back to the centre of Margate until late at night and, if you’re in a rush, there are railway stations at Ramsgate and Broadstairs too.
    • Ramsgate harbour is a great place for tea with cafes like Little Ships serving up locally-sourced produce and flower-decked galleries in the harbour-side arches.