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From sandy beaches and shingle shorelines to towering cliffs and haunting marshes, the variety of the Kent coast is extensive.
Kent’s glorious coastline extends a staggering 350 miles and is one of the longest and most diverse coastlines in the whole country. From sandy beaches and shingle shorelines to towering cliffs and unspoilt marshes, the variety of the Kent coast ensures that there is a piece of Kentish seaside to suit everyone. The iconic White Cliffs of Dover form one of the country’s best- known landmarks and the first sight welcoming visitors from the Continent. Add to that picturesque small harbours, international ports, traditional holiday resorts and miles of sandy beaches as well as heritage sites and wildlife areas, and it’s obvious why the county’s coast is such an attraction.

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Birchington-on Sea
Birchington-on-sea lies on the coast of the Thames Estuary, between the seaside resorts of Herne Bay and Margate. As a large seaside resort, the village is a notable tourist and retirement destination. The famous artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti was buried at All Saints Church in the village in 1882.
St Margarets-at Cliffe
St Margarets-at-Cliffe offers fantastic views across the Channel, and on a clear day you can even see France! Refreshments are available at the Coastguard Pub serving fresh produce and the local car park has refreshment and toilet facilities.
Whitstable has a rich maritime history and is famous for its oysters, with once a working harbour. Known as the "Pearl of Kent", Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected in the area since at least Roman times. Today freshly caught shellfish are available throughout the year at several seafood restaurants and pubs in the town.
St Mildred's Bay – Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, CT8 8TR
Sandy bay with promenade, cliffs and tidal pool. Tidal bay except on spring tides. Tennis, putting and public house with restaurant nearby. Facilities include lifeguards, First Aid station, cafes, toilets, parking, bay inspector/information and chalets for hire. Disabled access to the beach and disabled toilets open all year. Blue Flag Award 2009
Margate Main Sands - Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ
A sandy beach with a promenade, boardwalks and traditional donkey rides. A very popular resort bay just a couple of minutes from Margate train station and the town. Facilities include lifeguards, First Aid station, cafes, toilets, deckchairs and sun loungers for hire and amusements. Disabled access and toilets nearby at Buenos Ayres. Quality Coast Award 2009
Westbrook Bay - Royal Esplanade, Margate, Kent, CT9 5DL
A sandy beach of approximately 200 meters with a promenade. Designated water ski area with Strokes Adventure Golf, bowls and tennis nearby. Facilities include cafe, toilets, lifeguards, First Aid station, chalets and deckchairs for hire. Disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets. Quality Coast Award 2009
West Bay - Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, CT8 8QG
This sandy bay with rocky areas and cliffs is great for sandcastles and exploring rock pools. There is a Cafe open in the evening, perfect for meal and drink whilst watching fantastic sunset views. Facilities include lifeguards, cafes, toilets, bay inspectors/information, chalets for hire and public house nearby. Disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets open all year. Blue Flag Award 2009
Minnis Bay - The Parade, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9QP
This long, rural sandy bay features rocky and shingle areas as well as a promenade and paddling pool. The local sailing club offers windsurfing, seal watching trips and kite board lessons. Disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets is open all year as well as disabled parking bays. Blue Flag Award 2009
Walpole Bay - Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, CT9 2HL
Walpole Bay includes Palm Bay, Hodges Gap and Foreness Point. It is a popular water- sports bay 400 meters long with a sandy beach and promenade. Facilities include lift, toilets, lifeguards, chalets for hire, Jet Ski hire and parking. Golf, putting, tennis and indoor bowls nearby. Blue Flag Award 2009
Leysdown, at the East tip of the Isle of Sheppey, is a traditional seaside resort with a range of amusements, souvenir shops and a variety of cafes, takeaways and pubs. Running parallel to the main street is the "Spinny", a grassy picnic area with attractive flower beds and a children’s play area. This is an award winning sandy beach, which is perfect for a family day out with its shallow waters and excellent facilities.
Westgate-on-Sea was the subject of a famous poem by Sir John Betjeman and the first place in England to test electric street lighting. It is an elegant Edwardian resort with stunning sunsets over the sea.
Sandwich Bay
Sandwich Bay is situated on the Eastern coast of Kent, about five miles south of Ramsgate. It’s a long sandy beach popular with the local golf club.
Dover Harbour & Shakespeare Beach display amazing views across the world’s busiest straits and Dover's most impressive cliff. It was said that Shakespeare depicted in King Lear, and the inspiration for many famous literary figures at this point.
Ramsgate Main Sands - Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8JD
This is the main sandy beach in Ramsgate. Situated next to the glorious Royal Harbour and Marina. Facilities include First Aid Station, lifeguards, bay inspector/information, beach cafe, deckchairs and sun loungers for hire, toilets, lift, shops and children's amusements nearby. Blue Flag Award 2009
Pegwell Bay - Sandwich Road, Cliffsend, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5JB
This stretch of unprotected sea cliffs has great geological interest and a sandy bay used by large numbers of seashore birds. The bay is part of Kent's largest National Nature Reserve. The Viking Ship 'Hugin' stands proudly on the cliff-top overlooking the bay. Facilities include parking, toilets, cafe/restaurant and picnic area.
Thanet has 19 miles of coastline 15 beautiful, sandy beaches and bays
7 with Blue Flag Awards and 4 with a Quality Coast Award.
Stone Bay - Eastern Esplanade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1DP
A quiet sandy bay with chalk cliffs, rocks pools and promenade. A great little bay rarely discovered by visitors. Facilities include cafe, chalets for hire, toilets and disabled access via Broadstairs Harbour. Quality Coast Award 2009
Dumpton Gap - Dumpton Gap Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1TA
Another quiet, sandy bay, ideal for low tide walking routes to Ramsgate. Facilities include a cafe, toilets, chalets for hire and disabled access via quite steep slope.
Viking Bay - Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QS
This is the main bay at Broadstairs. The Sandy beach is 150 meters long with a cliff-top promenade, harbour pier and boardwalk. Facilities include lifeguards, parking, cafes, first aid station, children's rides, chalets for hire, toilets, amusements, deckchairs and sun loungers for hire. Quality Coast Award 2009
Louisa Bay - West Cliff Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1PU
A small, quiet sandy bay with a promenade. Another great little bay for rock pooling. Facilities include cafe, chalets for hire and disabled access.
Botany Bay - Marine Drive, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 3LG
A popular, yet quiet, sandy bay approximately 200 meters long. Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, public house near by, toilets and disabled access to beach. Blue Flag Award 2009
Joss Bay - Joss Gap Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 3PG
Popular sandy bay approximately 200 meters long. Joss Bay Surf School is situated here with surf boards and wetsuit hire. Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, parking, toilets, deckchairs for hire, surf ski/belly boards, disabled access. Blue Flag Award 2009
Kingsgate Bay - Whiteness Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 3QH
A quiet and secluded sandy beach with some of the best examples of sea caves in the country. Facilities include chalets for hire, cafe/restaurant and public house nearby.
Folkestone Sands
Folkestone's Golden Sands and Coastal Park.
Deal Castle Beach
Deal Castle Beach is a shingle beach facing Deal Castle which was built by Henry VIII. Visitors can take a dip and try and spot the wrecks on the infamous Goodwin Sands. Cafes, pubs and great food can be found at the end of Deal Pier all within an easy walking distance.
Herne Bay
Herne Bay was founded in the early nineteen hundreds and was a popular holiday destination for Londoners. It was during this period that a wealthy London lady gave the town its distinctive 80ft Clock Tower. The first pier was erected in 1832, followed by steamboats in 1834. In World War II the bouncing bomb, was tested off the shore near here. One of the prototype bombs may be seen in the Herne Bay Museum today.
Sheerness is the main town on the Isle of Sheppey and has a rich naval heritage for its dockyard. Visitors can walk around Bluetown to view the blue houses or the High Street to see the usual clock tower. Beach Street at Sheerness is an award winning beach popular with families with a mixture of seaside facilities and amusement arcades.
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