Broadstairs is a popular coastal town in East Kent. The town lies above a harbour, historically known for smuggling. Popular for its clean sandy beaches, clean bathing water and variety of pubs and restaurants. It was recently voted the 2nd best Seaside resort in the UK by a Guardian Newspaper poll (St. Ives in Cornwall was #1). In 2007 it was voted best East Coast seaside resort in Great Britain, beating heavyweights like Southend, Scarborough and Gt.Yarmouth. Broadstairs is unique in that it has retained its traditional Victorian resort appeal.

Broadstairs Harbour in September

Get in

By train

By car

By boat

By air

Broadstairs was served by nearby Manston Airport, which offered daily flights to Edinburgh and Amsterdam, connecting to the world, as well as seasonal flights to Jersey and a small number of other European destinations. However in 2015 it was apparently decided that more houses would be better for the area than having a gateway to the world and Manston was closed as an airport for redevelopment.

The nearest major international airports are at London Gatwick (84 mi/135 km) and London Heathrow (104 mi/168 km).

Get around

Being a small town the main sights are easily navigable on foot.





Broadstairs is home to an abundant number of small traders offering specialised and unique products.



There are a plethora of pubs in Broadstairs and people tend to start drinking at the top of town, around Broadstairs Station, and then wander down the hill towards the sea front pubs.


Lots of small guesthouses and several hotels

Stay Safe

Broadstairs is in general a very safe town, but over the last few years has seen quite a sharp increase in antisocial behaviour and underage drinking after dark, particularly in the summer and at weekends. Be particularly vigilant in the vicinity of The Dolphin pub (which itself has a moderately violent reputation locally) and near the station at chucking-out times. It is recommended to avoid Pieremont Park at all times after dark.

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