If you want a quiet, sandy beach with lots of sea caves to explore then this beach is for you. Kingsgate Bay is a sheltered beach surrounded by high, white chalk cliffs which means you’ll most probably have the beach to yourself.
The many coves and sea caves – reputedly some of the best in the country – are great to explore. Swimming is safe between the marked areas. There is a limited, lifeguard service – they walk the bay to give you plenty of warning when the tide is due to come in and block off access back to the beach! They say: ‘Some of the best examples of sea caves in the country can be found at Kingsgate Bay. The sandy bay offers calm and seclusion, while sand is exposed at full tide, the beach does get cut off at both ends.’
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
We love it for its quiet, sandy beach – straight out of a Famous Five book with secret coves to explore. We also love it for the Botany Bay Hotel – our little bit of luxury with guaranteed good food for the kids to keep them quiet while we enjoy gorgeous food and a wonderful view.
Address: Kingsgate Bay, Whiteness Road, Broadstairs, CT10 3QH.
Playground: Good ‘pirates’ playground with equipment for three to six years, as well as seven to 12 years. It is not the largest of playgrounds but there is a great view while the children play! It’s a pub playground for Captain Digby – a family friendly pub which also has great views over the beach.
Café: Botany Bay Hotel overlooks the bay and has an excellent restaurant and bar. Fantastic food at any time of day, though probably not the sort of place you’d want to head for covered in sand and juggling buckets and spades. The bar does good quality bar food and the restaurant is great for more of a treat, with good kids menu at around £6.50 per head. There are vegetarian options available and they also have a wide range of locally sourced fish and meat options. Stay in the hotel for an extra special treat. There is an amazing family feature room with look-out tower for extra extra special occasions!
Toilets: A very basic loo block with no baby change facilities. Also only accessible via steps.
Pram/wheelchair/mobility friendly: Steps take you down to the beach. There is no buggy park but it’s worth it when you get there.
Parking: There is limited parking near the Botany Bay Hotel. You’ll get in trouble if you park in the hotel car park. You can also park in Joss Bay and then it’s a wheelchair and pram-friendly stroll along a path on the top of the cliffs to the beach.
Nearest Station: Broadstairs, but it’s easier to go by car.
Bus: Contact Broadstairs Information Centre.
Phone: 01843 577577 (Broadstairs Tourist Information Centre).
Email: [email protected].
Botany Bay Hotel has been recently restored and is highly recommended as a great stop-over for a special occasion. Room rates are around £120-140 for a family room – so not the cheapest of options – but it means that you can enjoy watching the sun set over the bay without piling the kids in the car for the trip back down the A2. Take sandwiches for a cheaper option. The hotel has a terrace where you can order drinks and crisps, and although very family friendly, probably wouldn’t want to rock up covered in sand.
Overlooking the southern end of the beach is Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760s for Lord Holland. An impressive sight and somewhere that you’d think Charles Dickens must have written about – it’s not far from his former home, Bleak House in Broadstairs.
Dogs are allowed on the beach at Kingsgate Bay all year round.
Review by Victoria Flint.