The Isle of Thanet Lifeboat House, on the Harbour.

The Isle of Thanet Lifeboat House, on the Harbour.

The Isle of Thanet Lifeboat House, on the Harbour.

If you have never seen a lifeboat close-up see Silver Jubilee and the fast inshore boat and drop some money into the collecting box for the RNLI. This is very much a working station as it is one of the boats which serve the English Channel and Goodwin Sands.

Margate Caves, open May to September. One thousand-year-old caves which have served as dungeon, church, air-raid shelter, refuge and a smugglers' hideaway, discovered by accident in 1798.

Shell Grotto, open April to October, 2,000 sq ft of subterranean passages covered with mosaics of sea-shells.

Tudor House, open mid-May to October, from the early sixteenth century, is Margate's oldest domestic house. Salme-stone Grange is a thirteenth-century monks' kitchen, with a fourteenth-century chapel and twelfth-century crypt.

Powell-Cotton Museum at Birchington - Quex House is still a family home filled with all manner of bits and pieces collected from around the world. African, Indian and Asian dioramas show the habitats of the animals sought by big-game hunters, such as the Major, who brought them home. Porcelain, silver, ivory, stuffed animals and, not surprisingly, weapons. There is a room furnished in the manner of the Regency times when this mansion was built.

The Winter Gardens Theatre mounts summer 'spectaculars' and there are cinemas in Margate and Westgate.

Ramsgate is somewhere many people 'pass through' on their way across the Channel: the harbour was crowned Royal by King George IV in 1821 because he got such a right royal send-off. The Duke of Wellington embarked his men bound for the continent at Ramsgate and more than a century later 82,000 British troops were landed there from Dunkirk: a memorial window to the evacuation is in St George's Church. The town itself is a mixture of Regency and Victorian buildings, many fronted by balconies with iron tracery.

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