BROADSTAIRS

Seaside Town of Broadstairs

Broadstairs Visitor Guide

Known as Thanet's "Jewel in the Crown", Broadstairs is a charming, unspoilt seaside town between Margate and Ramsgate. Let us be your guide to the main attractions in Broadstairs.

Broadstairs has seven sand-filled beaches and bays for you to explore. Many of which proudly show that they are Blue Flag Beaches. There are children's rides, beach huts, harbour and a cliff-top promenade.

Broadstairs has a delightful high street featuring independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You will find two Italian ice-cream parlours, mini golf (as well as a full golf course nearby), a theatre, and a cinema.

In the summer there are often amazing firework displays over the bay. The details vary from year to year, so it might be best to check our blog for updates.

A great source of local information during the summer months is the Broadstairs Information Kiosk. Open 10am to 4pm, the kiosk staff can answer your questions with a friendly smile.

Broadstairs Festivals

Broadstairs is home to numerous festivals throughout the year. The Bay Tree Hotel is well positioned to be accessible and close to the festival action. We strongly suggest booking well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Broadstairs Blues Bash

This year, the Broadstairs Blues Bash runs from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February.

The festival of blues music takes place throughout Broadstairs at a number of venues.

Dickens Week

The Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place each year, usually in June, often with free events at different locations.

There are often taster pre-festival events taking place in Broadstairs so it is often worth checking to see what is happening so that you don't miss out.

Broadstairs Folk Week

Ths year Broadstairs Folk Week takes place from Friday 11th to Friday 18th August. Tickets include all events at Broadstairs Folk Week. This includes the main concerts in the concert marquee which takes place in Broadstairs' main park - Pierremont Park.

Broadstairs food festival

Taking place twice-yearly Broadstairs food festival celebrates local produce and is a true treat for food lovers.

This year, Broadstairs food festival takes place from the 15th to 17th April and again 29th September to 1st October.

Broadstairs Water Gala

Taking place, Wednesday 23rd August 2017, Broadstairs Water Gala celebrates the best of the traditional English seaside.

Broadstairs Museums and Galleries

Crampton Tower Museum

The tower formed part of the first Broadstairs public water supply but it now has an entirely different role. The Crampton Tower Museum is partly housed in the flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station.

The museum is open part of the year at the weekends and for some of the year during the afternoons. You can check opening times on the website.

St Peters Village Tour

During this famous walking tour, you will encounter a cast of costumed characters from bygone years.

For this and other tours offered by the village, booking is essential. You should aim to complete your booking no later than 48 hours before the tour's start and check that you have received a confirmatory email as a guarantee of your successful reservation.

Charles Dickens

Broadstairs was home to Charles Dickens Broadstairs features a number of venues and attractions with links to the author.

Dickens House museum

Dickens House Museum, Broadstairs celebrates Charles Dickens' strong connection to Broadstairs which he visited repeatedly from 1837 to 1851.

Dickens House Museum is located in the cottage that was Charles Dickens' inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield.

Bleak House

Bleak House was originally called Fort House. Charles Dickens spent many summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was here in that he wrote perhaps his most famous work, David Copperfield.

They run daily tours of Bleak house and after you can take afternoon tea served in the Great Expectations Dining Room most days to round out your Broadstairs Dickens experience.

More about Broadstairs

You can read more about the local attractions here in Broadstairs on our blog.

You can find additional information about Broadstairs at Visit Broadstairs.

Take a tour of our rooms that you can book for your festival stay in Broadstairs.

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"This Hotel is stunning. Spotless Quirky and so Welcoming. Had a sea view room which was very classy and cosy. Stunning wet room. The hotel has recently been renovated by its current owners and they have done it superbly. Attention to detail is second to none. It just oozes class. The position is great for both the beach and town . The breakfast was great. The owners were so friendly and made us so welcome. Can't wait to return."

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Des C | 24th Apr 18 | Trip Advisor

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  • A last minute getaway which will hold special memories forever. Broadstairs is a great seaside spot and the Bay Tree a perfect location. Comfortable and welcoming, we couldn’t have asked for more! A fantastic little bar with local tipples helped us celebrate in the comfort of the hotel. Tastefully decorated throughout and a lovely comfortable room. Fluffy towels and yummy food, we were able to enjoy ourselves as well as entertain the little one on the beach literally a stones throw away. We got lucky with the weather too, so a short stroll to Viking Bay and Ramsgate was a real treat. When we come back to Broadstairs we will definitely be sure to stay at the Bay Tree. Hopefully James will be coming back too in years to come x

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    Emma S, 21 June 2018

  • This hotel is just perfect, all the rooms are beautifully decorated since the refurbishment, we tried the dinner menu and the food was delicious. We also tried the afternoon tea, great value for money. Alistair and Robert are excellent hosts, very welcoming and Ben is a sweetie! We are looking forward to returning in July. Well done chaps!

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    Jill G | 30 May 18

  • "This Hotel is stunning. Spotless Quirky and so Welcoming. Had a sea view room which was very classy and cosy. Stunning wet room. The hotel has recently been renovated by its current owners and they have done it superbly. Attention to detail is second to none. It just oozes class. The position is great for both the beach and town . The breakfast was great. The owners were so friendly and made us so welcome. Can't wait to return."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Des C | 24th Apr 18 | Trip Advisor

  • "Absolutely fantastic Hotel rooms so roomy with such lovely pillows, towels and cushions so clean with a great walk in wet room to die for... breakfast was superb couldn’t wish for more such a friendly atmosphere throughout the hotel first class I’ve stayed twice now and have already booked a third visit"

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    Dcrouch54 | 18th Apr 2018 | Trip Advisor

  • "The Bay Tree Hotel is perched on top of the cliffs overlooking the English Channel. On a sunny day, the view from the front reception room and terrace is wonderful. Ideally located, the hotel is within a 5 minute walk of Broadstairs town centre and sea front but far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be a completely relaxing retreat … Tea and coffee making facilities with complementary biscuits are provided. A full English breakfast was included in the price and set us up nicely for a day on the beach. Harry Potter fans should check out the amazing framed original prints in the downstairs hallway and office."

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    DeiseGirl15 | 18th May 2018 | Trip Advisor

  • "Had a superb meal at the Bay Tree Hotel last night . A colleague was staying there and by all accounts the rooms have also been upgraded to a very high standard. I would recommend the Sea Bass - cooked to perfection. It’s a rare treat to find a boutique Hotel of such a high standard in East Kent."

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    Mark K | 18th March 2018 | Trip Advisor

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