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Turner, Dickens and the glorious galleries of Thanet

Everyone knows Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are packed with quirky galleries, cultural hotspots and even have links to some of England’s best-loved creatives, so it goes without saying that a tour of these vibrant towns is an absolute must for a culture vulture. Take a peek at these hidden gems, hop on the Thanet Loop and start letting your creativity flow. 

 

Morning

You’re going need to start your day off right, so jump on the bus to Cecil Street stop M or K and the glamourous world of Madam Popoff Vintage.

Peruse a curated collection of clothes from a mixture of decades and take your pick of party dresses, jumpsuits and pretty shirts for your vintage fix.

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Margate is renowned for its curious collection of independent galleries, so a quick taster is on the cards next. First, head further into  the  Old Town and discover an eclectic selection of local, national and international artwork at the   Lombard Street Gallery. Next up, it’s time to take a stroll out to sea and along the sweeping Harbour Arm for glorious views and a peek inside the Margate Harbour Arm Gallery. 

 While it may not be a hidden gem, a visit to Turner Contemporary should be high on your list today. Before heading into the gallery, make sure you stop off to spot the breath-taking Antony Gormley sculpture, Another Time, standing on the shore.

 

Afternoon 

Fresh, seasonal, local…it doesn’t get much better than The Greedy Cow for lunch. The lunch menu holds a sensational spread of burgers, vegan hot dogs, salads, nachos and deliciously slow cooked pulled pork, so you can guarantee there’ll be some mouth-watering treats to be had.

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From majestic Margate it’s back on the bus to Baptist Church. The Dickens House Museum is a fascinating glimpse into the life of Charles Dickens, in the very home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood’s house in David Copperfield. Delve deeper and you’ll find all sorts of intriguing artefacts, including Dickens’ own writing box and his letters about Broadstairs. 

For your last stop it’s back on the bus and off to Ramsgate, so jump off at Grange Road Roundabout and head to the dramatic St Augustine’s & Pugin: Shrine and Visitor Centre. This architectural wonder was the personal project of Augustus Pugin, better known for designing a certain clock tower by the name of “Big Ben”. Learn of Pugin’s work, the church’s history and all about the mission and legacy of St Augustine. 

 

 

 

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