Thursday, 20 June 2019

Margate - Seafront and Old Town

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

Arriving in Margate by Class 395 Javelin High Speed trains added a touch of glamour to an ordinary journey.  Twenty four of these Japanese-built trains that reach 140 mph, have been named after our famous high speed athletes like Steve Redgrave, Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie who delivered us to Margate Station.  The station is just a few steps away from the sandy beach.

Along the seafront, the buildings illustrate Margate's heyday when it was a popular seaside destination.  In those olden days you might have seen the huge Mechanical Elephant giving rides along the promenade, nowadays there is another quirky side to explore, lots of independent shops, an arty mix.

You can't miss the red building near the Turner Contemporary which houses  the Old Kent Market.



It's rather magical inside, full of cafes, bakers, food stalls, vintage shops plus a bus cafe.





The small shops of the old town inland are all shapes and sizes, colourful and higgledy piggledy.  There's a Museum as well.








Back on the seafront, the sun glistens on the windows. Yes, it did show its face!



The Sands Hotel has 20 bedrooms overlooking The Bay, restored in 2011.



As for the sea . . . it's just across all this beautiful sand!



Cheerio

8 comments:

  1. I've never been to Margate but it looks like a lovely place. Nice to see some quirky shops.

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    1. Some papers say it's a become a hipster paradise, it's nice to see somewhere a bit different.

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  2. Margate looks lovely with lots to see and do. I've never heard about the mechanical elephant before, that must have been a sight to behold.

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    1. It conjures up all sorts of pictures doesn't it but if you follow my link, it actually looks very realistic. What a great idea!

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  3. Just as well there’s lots of colourful buildings to counteract the rain. Looks like a very English seaside town. Glad the sun came out eventually! B x

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    1. Now that everyone goes abroad for more reliable sunny holidays, it means there's much more space for those that don't mind the rain. x

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  4. How wonderful Margate looks. I've never visited so it was lovely to see your photos. Love the Old Kent market and the bus cafe:)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed a look at Margate, there's more to come of course! We hadn't been before. 😊

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