Margate's Back on the Map – Watch Out!

The once-glorious seaside resort of Margate may have fallen on hard times, but after years of neglect a new £17.4-million art gallery is at the forefront of a bid to restore 'Merry Margate's' fortunes.

Opening in the spring of 2011, the Turner Contemporary will aim to entice the arty crowd away from the chichi streets of Whitstable and Broadstairs down the coast, TurnerContemporary.

And what better way to start your seaside visit than with a pot of tea at the Mad Hatter's Tea Rooms.

The Mad Hatter's is old-fashioned English eccentricity at its glorious best, with Victorian clutter vying for shelf space with year-round Christmas decorations on two floors of a lop-sided corner building.

And no trip to the British seaside is complete without whiling away a few hours and whittling away a few pounds in the arcades that line the seafront. The best of the bunch is the gaudy, baby-pink Flamingo.

After which if you’ve any money left you can indulge yourself at The Reading Rooms. It's won a place in the coveted Mr & Mrs Smith directory and makes the perfect place to indulge yourself after a day exploring the coast. The delicious locally-sourced breakfast is served straight to your room – just the thing to wake up to after a perfect night's sleep in a enormous La Maison bed. TheReadingRooms.

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