The train route from London to Margate has been recognised as one of Britain’s most scenic railway journeys. It doesn’t take too long to travel by train from the capital to the seaside resort on the Kent coast with fares ranging from £11 in advance to £30.
Services from London to Margate usually take one hour 43 minutes, but can take just an hour and 24 minutes on the fastest services. They run from St Pancras and Victoria stations.
Southeastern operates 75 trains a day along the 65 mile long route, which The Guardian credits as one of the country’s top 10, hailed for views of wooded downs and sloping vineyards.
Margate itself boasts a sandy beach, international art gallery, an iconic amusement park, buzzing cafes and more.
Getting there by rail, passengers cross the River Medway with views of Rochester’s castle and cathedral, and the towers of St Mary’s church as Reculver, a village east of Herne Bay.
Once you’ve stepped off the train at Margate Station you’re minutes from the town’s seafront and beach, which is ideal for a wintry walk or summer sunbathing.
Free to enter, Dreamland lies opposite Margate’s Main Sands. It offers rides, live entertainment, street food and, according to Visit Thanet, Britain’s oldest wooden rollercoaster.
Visitors can also enjoy views of the town from the amusement park’s ferris wheel while youngsters might enjoy a ride on the miniature railway, the Margate Express.
Margate Caves, a Crab Museum, a Shell Grotto and 18 hole mini golf course, Strokes Adventure Golf, are a few more reasons to visit the town.
There are plenty of places to stay in Margate too, including the dog-friendly Doghouse Margate B&B, Magical Margate Townhouse and boutique hotel, No.42 By Guesthouse Margate.
Selina Margate hotel is also due to offer suites, double rooms, singles and “community” rooms to up to eight solo or group guests from March.
Margate also boasts a range of eateries, including Palms Pizzeria, tapas restaurant Lilie’s, George and Heart house and seafood bar, Dory’s.