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Discovering the Best of Margate

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Exploring the Best of Margate: Your Guide to Top Sites, Restaurants, Nightlife, and More. From Cultural Experiences to Outdoor Adventures, We'll Help You Make the Most of Your Time in the City.

Welcome to Margate! If you're planning to move to Margate, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Margate has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Margate.

Margate, a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England, is a popular tourist destination with a rich history and a vibrant arts scene. One of the main attractions is the Turner Contemporary, a modern art gallery that showcases works from JMW Turner and other contemporary artists. The gallery is named after Turner, who was inspired by the unique light of Margate's skies. Another must-visit is the Shell Grotto, a subterranean passageway covered in mosaics made entirely of seashells. The origins of this mysterious grotto remain unknown, adding to its allure. Dreamland Margate is a vintage amusement park that has been restored to its former glory, complete with a roller disco, pleasure garden, and a range of retro rides. For history enthusiasts, the Tudor House, believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Margate, offers a glimpse into the town's past. The Margate Museum, housed in the second-oldest building in Old Town, is another historical site that showcases the town's rich heritage. Lastly, don't miss out on the beautiful sandy beaches of Margate, perfect for a day of relaxation.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Margate is diverse and vibrant, offering a range of options from traditional British pubs to trendy eateries. The Ambrette is a popular choice for its unique blend of British and Indian cuisine, offering a modern twist on traditional dishes. For seafood lovers, Hantverk & Found is a must-visit. This small seafood café and gallery serves fresh, locally sourced seafood. The Greedy Cow is a favourite for its delicious burgers and relaxed atmosphere. For a more upscale dining experience, The Sands Hotel's Bay Restaurant offers stunning sea views and a menu that showcases the best of local produce. When it comes to nightlife, Margate has a range of options from traditional pubs like The Lifeboat Ale and Cider House, known for its wide selection of ales and ciders, to trendy bars like Fez, a popular micro pub with a bohemian vibe. The Two Halves, Margate’s first micropub, offers a selection of local beers, ciders, and wines in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Recreational activities in Margate are largely centred around the town's beautiful coastline. The main beach, Margate Main Sands, is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and beach games. The beach also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Margate Carnival. For those interested in water sports, the Palm Bay and Joss Bay offer opportunities for surfing and paddleboarding. The Viking Coastal Trail, a 32-mile circular route, is perfect for cycling or walking, offering stunning views of the coastline. For golf enthusiasts, the North Foreland Golf Club offers a challenging course with panoramic sea views. The Strokes Adventure Golf is a popular choice for families, offering an 18-hole mini golf course. For those looking for indoor activities, the Cliftonville Bowling Club offers indoor and outdoor bowling facilities, while the Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum offers a unique experience with its collection of Edwardian and Victorian artefacts.

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Insider Tips from Expats in Margate: Making the Most of Life and Connections

"Expats in Margate, often join local clubs and activities to meet new people and immerse themselves in the local culture. They may join sports clubs such as golf, tennis, or football clubs, or participate in activities like yoga, painting, or cooking classes. The Turner Contemporary art gallery often hosts events and workshops that attract a diverse crowd, including expats.There are also several social clubs and groups in Margate that cater to a variety of interests. These include book clubs, gardening clubs, and even clubs for expats specifically, where they can meet others in the same situation and share experiences.Expats may also volunteer in local charities or community events to meet locals and give back to the community. This could be anything from helping out at a local food bank to participating in beach clean-ups.In terms of nightlife, Margate has a vibrant scene with many pubs, bars, and restaurants where expats can socialize and meet new people. The Old Town area, in particular, is a popular spot with a range of eateries and bars.Networking is another way expats meet people in Margate. This could be through work, attending local business events, or joining professional networking groups. Finally, online platforms and social media groups also provide opportunities for expats to connect with others in Margate. Websites like Meetup or Facebook groups for Margate expats can be a great way to find out about upcoming events or simply to ask for advice and tips from those who have been in the same situation," said one expat living in Margate.

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"Life for expats and digital nomads in Margate, is often described as vibrant and culturally rich. The town offers a unique blend of traditional British seaside charm and a thriving arts scene, with the Turner Contemporary gallery being a major attraction. The cost of living is relatively affordable compared to London, making it an attractive place for those who work remotely. The town is also known for its creative community, which can be appealing for digital nomads and expats involved in the arts or creative industries. There are plenty of coworking spaces and coffee shops that cater to the needs of remote workers. Margate has a diverse food scene, with a range of restaurants and cafes offering everything from traditional British fare to international cuisine. The town is also home to a number of independent shops and vintage boutiques, adding to its charm. While Margate is a smaller town, it is well-connected to London by train, making it easy for expats and digital nomads to travel to the capital for business or leisure. The town also boasts beautiful beaches and scenic views, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation. Despite its many attractions, some expats and digital nomads may find the pace of life in Margate slower than in larger cities. The town's population is also less diverse than in larger urban areas, which may be a consideration for some. However, many find the welcoming community and laid-back lifestyle an appealing aspect of life in Margate," commented an expat living in Margate.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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