I love a good trip to the seaside. It’s a great thing to do in the summer, and we’ve had such a great summer so far! Plus, it’s nice to get out of London for a weekend! I’ve had Margate on my list of places to visit for a while now, so I was so pumped to finally hop on a train and head down to this colorful little gem by the sea! I headed down to Margate for a little pre-birthday birthday celebration with some friends, and we got up to lots of exploring! The best bit? I don’t feel like I saw everything, so I’ll definitely have to make a return journey!
Room for Six at Coastal Cribs
Once I decided Margate was my weekend destination, the race was on to find somewhere to accommodate my group. There are quite a number of hotels, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs sprinkled all over the city, so you’re a bit spoiled for choice if there are only two of you. Six is a lot! Finding accommodation in Margate for six people was a little bit trickier, plus lots of people book early! I hunted and scoured and read lots of blog posts about Margate. Airbnb had some of the best options finally, we ended up booking a cute little flat by Coastal Cribs!
The pictures don’t quite do it justice! We had such a nice time hanging out in the lounge, watching Youtube videos and listening to music from Drag Race. We even made breakfast on the Sunday and enjoyed it in the living room! It was a cozy little flat, about 15 minutes from the main seafront, but it was perfect! A quieter, more residential area, Dalby Square was still close enough to everything, but far away enough that we could chill out!
Where you stay can have a big impact on any holiday or weekend away, and this cute little place was just perfect!
An Afternoon at Dreamland
I mean, you can’t really go to Margate and not stop at Dreamland, ya know? It was nice to wander around and see all the bits I’ve spotted on the old Instagram! We wandered over after watching a bit of the Pride Parade (Margate only had it’s first parade in 2016, but it was so fun and colorful!) to ride on the Big Wheel and play in the arcade. I really wanted to go to the Roller Disco but unfortunately it was closed for an event. Next time, I’ll make it happen! Still, I do love a good amusement park! Being on the Big Wheel we could see for miles, which was a definite bonus! We also went on the Chair-O-Plane, and totally would have hit up the Scenic Railway (the oldest roller coaster in the UK!) had it been open! It was definitely fun to swing by, though I wish the park had been open later. It closes at 6pm, which in the summertime feels a bit like they’re missing a trick!
Exploring the Old Town
We didn’t quite make it up to the high street, but we did spend a bit of time wandering through the Old Town! There were so many cute shops to see, and lots of restaurants to boot! A few of the shops we popped into? Little Bit was a great stop, full of color and surprise, surprise, our pal Siobhan manning the shop! We popped into Artisans and Adventurers (similar to the one on Columbia Road), as well as Milkwood!
I loved all of the buildings as well with their very vintage feel! It was also nice to see so many independent shops and spots to grab a bite to eat. We never felt like we were repeating ourselves and we spent a good deal of time exploring! I’m a big fan of supporting small independent businesses, so I’ve got a few more to add to my list of loves!
Wandering Shell Grotto
I wasn’t even sure what Shell Grotto was, but I kept seeing little signs pointing toward it. So, after googling it over breakfast, we decided to stop by. Honestly it’s really cool! Basically, it’s a subway that has been decorated in a mosaic design with millions of seashells. It was only discovered in 1835, and no one knows what it was for! They haven’t done any scientific dating either so no one knows just how long it’s been there! How bizarre! Imagine just doing some work in your back garden and accidentally discovering something like this! That’s essentially what happened and now it’s a place that people come to visit. It was fascinating to see and felt a bit like being underwater which was strange!
Hunting Down the Good Eats
I’m a girl who likes to eat, and when I visit a new place, I have to seek out good places to eat! Margate did not disappoint. In fact, I didn’t even have enough time to make it to all the spots I wanted to try! When we got to Margate on Friday, we headed straight for The Cheesy Tiger on the Harour Arm. It was the perfect refuge from the rain, and the cheesy comfort food was just what the doctor ordered! I stopped at GB Pizza for dinner that night, which was very tasty! Other places we grabbed a bite? The Greedy Cow and Ziggy’s Rooftop Bar.
It was nice to have so many options, though things close a little earlier than I was used to! We got to Ziggy’s at about 8pm on Saturday night and the kitchen was already closing! It’s definitely a different pace, but well worth the train fare in food alone!
Needless to say, our weekend in Margate was a success! I’d definitely hop on a train and head back down! There are so many seaside towns in the UK, and while I love places like Brighton, it’s nice to explore somewhere new and a little bit smaller. Plus, I don’t feel like I saw everything even in one weekend, so obviously I’ll have to head back, won’t I?