A quintessentially British beach with beach huts, fish & chips, a rock pool, ice creams and sand castles. It has a number of shops where you can pick up buckets and spades and other seaside essentials.
The beach has a small pier with a few boats docked next to it which become beached at low tide. There’s lots of seaweed to explore/avoid for little ones and of course a number of seagulls to keep you all entertained if you decide to have your fish & chips on the beach! There’s an ice cream parlour on the pedestrian walkway above the beach with lovely views out to sea. If you’re feeling energetic, take a coastal walk along the cliff road leading to Ramsgate. Broadstairs can get very busy during the summer, so if you prefer somewhere quieter, walk to the beach and turn left, walk past the pier and in five minutes you’ll get to Stone Bay. This is an equally stunning beach but with a third of the people.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I love this beach as it brings back childhood memories and hasn’t changed much in the 30 years I’ve been coming here. It’s my number one beach choice as there’s always a nice sunny spot without too far to go to get to toilets etc. I’d recommend getting lunch from one of the fish & chip shops not directly next to the beach as these are a bit overpriced and generally not as good (in my opinion). There are also normal shops so you could always pop up to Boots to get a meal deal if you’re feeling healthy! Saw a Subway had opened up near the station too..
So far I’ve not taken my daughter to the rock pool but I always went when I was younger and can remember finding all sorts of sea life there. The path down to the beach doesn’t have a wide enough pavement for a buggy so you do need to go into the road at points but the trip is worth it when you get there!
Extra note…go early as the traffic through all the retail parks can be a bit of a nightmare. Your satnav may be a bit confused as there’re a lot of recent road ‘improvements’ there too!
Address: Broadstairs Beach.
Sand / pebbles: Lovely soft sand.
Cafe: Lots of cafés, restaurants and fish & chip shops.
Toilets: Public toilets on the beach in two locations: near the pier or near the children’s play area. Toilets were clean.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Ramp to access beach by the pier.
Parking: Parking in Albion Street car park (CT10 1NE) or near the pier – both pay & display. Also parking on nearby residential roads for free if you don’t mind a short walk.
Nearest Station: Broadstairs – approximately 15-minute walk from the beach (with toddlers, buggy and beach gear!)
Bus: Thanet Loop or the 56. The Thanet Loop runs every 10 minutes during the main part of the day between Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate; every 20 minutes on Sundays. The bus picks up from the train station but is not really worth catching as it will only take you two stops closer to the beach before turning off towards Ramsgate. The 56 will take you from Broadstairs Station to the Albion Hotel which is as close to the beach as you can get.
Phone: 01843 577577 (Thanet Visitor Information Centre)
Email: [email protected] (Thanet Visitor Information Centre)
Review by Jackie Hurst