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The local area guide to living in Margate

Margate is a small seaside town on the in East Kent, England. Laying within the district of Thanet, the town began life as a small fishing hamlet and now includes the separate areas of Garlinge, Cliftonville, Westbrook and Palm Bay.

During the rise of the British Empire and the growth of the leisure classes, Margate became a significant tourist attraction for Londoners wishing to experience the supposed health benefits of the sea air. Margate was even home to a Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, and the large numbers of visitors helped the town grow considerably. Visitors would come by road, or down the coast by ship, until the introduction of the railway made it even easier to make a quick visit.

All of this has left a series of well-known landmarks, including Droit House and the Pier, as well as an array of fantastic Victorian and Georgian architecture throughout the town.

All this leisure tourism brought artists and creative types, many of whom found Margate to be an inspiration. This artistic heritage remains today, with the Turner Contemporary Gallery opening in 2011 and starting something of a creative boom in the area. This has helped the town successfully apply for government regeneration funding, and Margate won 2012’s Great Neighbourhood award from the Academy of Urbanism. More recently, house building is increasing to reflect demand.

Information about the local residents

About 50,000 people live in Margate, of which a little under a third are aged between 20 and 44, while a quarter are between 45 and 64. Thanet as a whole has around 41,000 employed people across 2,800 businesses, with a further 10,000 working for themselves. Key employers include the healthcare, retail and education sectors.

Nearby schools

Once past the age of 11, pupils can find education in one of several secondary schools in the surrounding area. These include the Marlowe Academy in Broadstairs, King Ethelbert’s School in Birchington, Ursuline College, and Hartsdown Technology College. There are also several specialist schools within the area including the Royal School for Deaf Children.

Nearby East Kent college provides excellent vocational and academic courses for teenagers and adults from its Broadstairs campus. It also partners with Canterbury Christchurch University to provide higher education opportunities.

Getting around

Margate has fantastic transport links thanks to its history as a tourist attraction. For motorists, the M20 and M2 offer fast links towards London and these are also used by good value and regular coach services to London Victoria. Margate is also fairly close, via the A20 and A256, to Folkestone and the Eurotunnel.

Rail services are also excellent, going direct from Margate to London Charing Cross as well as Victoria in under two hours. There is also HS1 – the high speed service to St Pancras, which begins at Ashford and drastically reduces travel times.

Local shops

Old Town is Margate’s primary boutique shopping district, with a range of interesting stores, tea rooms, cafes, bistros and restaurants. It also has a selection of good museums and galleries within walking distance including the aforementioned Turner Contemporary.

The Parade is the town’s main shopping centre, right opposite the harbour, but just beyond the town is Westwood Cross – a very large shopping centre with large fashion chains, a multiplex cinema and a selection of restaurants.

Within Margate is the Theatre Royal, which hosts plays, dance, music, comedy and even opera from local companies and touring professionals. For a more intimate experience, the Tom Thumb is family run and one of the smallest theatres in the world. It hosts storytelling, film, music and other artistic performances.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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