Botany Bay is a sandy beach in Thanet, East Kent, with white chalk cliffs and stacks. It is situated between Broadstairs and Margate in an area called Kingsgate and can be accessed via steps or a slope.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I love this beach! It feels like the perfect beach – golden sand, white cliffs, swimming at high tide and wonderful rockpools to explore when the tide is out. Go through the stacks and you will see even smugglers’ caves carved out of the chalk cliffs. If you’ve seen posters at train stations advertising Kent beaches – this is the one in the picture! I played here as a child and now my children love it too.
Compared to somewhere like Margate or Broadstairs the beach is much quieter and more secluded even in summer, although it does still get busy on a hot weekend. It is a lesser-known spot, more used by locals than tourists. At other times of year there are few people there at all but I have spent many happy hours with the kids poking hunting for shells, peering into rockpools and chasing seagulls – it’s wonderful to have that space to yourself.
Downsides – the lack of parking facilities means you need to arrive early to get a space on a hot day. If you arrive and can’t park, go round to Joss Bay (2 bays over towards Broadstairs) which is another lovely beach with ample dedicated parking. I would also advise you to bring a picnic – the beach café/shop is fine for ice creams or maybe emergency chips but the cooked food is not very high quality. The Botany Bay Hotel at the top of steps has a wider range of food but it’s of the mass-manufactured and microwaved variety.
Overall this is a wonderful place and if you are visiting East Kent it is definitely worth a visit!
Address: Marine Drive, Broadstairs, KENT CT10 3LG.
Sand / pebbles: Lots of lovely sand.
Cafe: Yes, there is a café at the bottom of the steps selling chips, burgers, sweets and ice creams along with a selection of buckets and spades, rockpooling nets etc.
Toilets: Yes, there are toilets located half way up the steps.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: There is a slope down to the beach as well as steps, but once at the bottom it is sandy so hard to push wheels on.
Parking: Yes, free on-street parking on Percy Avenue and Marine Drive but this gets very busy on hot days/holidays. *** Pay and Display available in Broadstairs town centre which is about a 30 mins walk away if you’re dragging kids with you.
Nearest Station: Broadstairs.
Phone: 01843 577577.
Email: [email protected]
Botany Bay has excellent water quality and a 2015 Blue Flag award. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months and dogs are banned from the beach during the daytime in the summer.
You can drive to the beach down either Percy or Kingsgate Avenue. There is no dedicated beach parking but there are no parking restrictions on the roads.
Review by Cathy Dearson