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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"Have had a wonderful stay. Bed very comfortable. Food excellent. Will be coming back."

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Lynda & Paul | 5th July 2015



  • "Perfect. Thank you. Very Welcoming. Great food - we will be back."

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    Rod and Sam | 18th July 2015

  • "Very enjoyable stay, perfect views. Had room 4! Hopefully we'll return."

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    Christine & John | 18th July 2015

  • "Brilliant. Can't wait to come back. Excellent service. Beautiful people and views. Thank you."

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    Steve | 18th July 2015

  • "Spent two nights at the Bay Tree. A hotel with superb sea views - under new management. At the moment the hotel is a little bit dated however perfectly clean with great food and dining/lounge areas. The owners Alistair and Robert have got some great plans, they made our stay very pleasant they had great knowledge of the local area and we're always there to make sure we were perfectly happy - which we were. Thank you we will definitely be back."

    Beautiful location. Managed by people that care about people. Thank you"

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    Robinsurrey | 18th July 2015

  • "Just returned from a 2 night Groupon stay at Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs. This hotel has a great location, few minutes from the town centre, the owners were very welcoming, they have recently taken this hotel over and have great plans. The service we received could not be faulted. The room had a great view (room 9) quite small but perfectly adequate. The hotel, even as it is pre-refurbishment, is very comfortable, the breakfast was lovely. Broadstairs was charming, quaint and unspoilt. Our stay was incredible value. Look forward to returning post-refurbishment. Thank you very much. Room 9 is quite small but with a fabulous view of Stone Bay"

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    Lettie112 | 18th July 2015