The Shell Grotto in Margate, Kent, England. An underground labyrinth of mosaics created from millions of seashells, discovered in 1835. The origin of the grotto is unknown. #WorldBeautifulPlaces #Seashells

The Shell Grotto in Margate, Kent, England. An underground labyrinth of mosaics created from millions of seashells, discovered in 1835. The origin of the grotto is unknown. #WorldBeautifulPlaces #Seashells

More Beach Huts in Whitstable first thing in the morning. Maybe I should try and sleep in more! www.nwfineart.co.uk

More Beach Huts in Whitstable first thing in the morning. Maybe I should try and sleep in more! www.nwfineart.co.uk

Margate. That formerly uncool seaside resort in north-west Kent, has had quite the revamp. It is part of Thanet, which also includes the seaside towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, and was recently mentioned in Frommers must-see destinations for 2011. Margate is packed with quirky cafes and vintage shops, and it's also home to the new Turner Contemporary gallery.

Margate. That formerly uncool seaside resort in north-west Kent, has had quite the revamp. It is part of Thanet, which also includes the seaside towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, and was recently mentioned in Frommers must-see destinations for 2011. Margate is packed with quirky cafes and vintage shops, and it's also home to the new Turner Contemporary gallery.

Broadstairs, Stone Bay, Kent, a coastal town seaside resort on the Isle of Thanet, East Kent, England, about 80 miles (130 km) east of London. It is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs & St Peter's. Situated between Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs is known as the "Jewel in Thanet's crown" with crest motto of Stella Maris, "Star of the Sea", the Capt & I were here with his brother May, 2013..

Broadstairs, Stone Bay, Kent, a coastal town seaside resort on the Isle of Thanet, East Kent, England, about 80 miles (130 km) east of London. It is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs & St Peter's. Situated between Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs is known as the "Jewel in Thanet's crown" with crest motto of Stella Maris, "Star of the Sea", the Capt & I were here with his brother May, 2013..

Margate - The Shell Grotto was discovered in 1835 by Mr James Newlove. He had been digging a pond when a hole appeared in the ground. Mr Newlove lowered his son Joshua down into it, and when he emerged again he told his father there were tunnels covered with shells. Two years later in 1837 he opened them to the public. The Grotto is 70 feet of winding passages leading to an oblong chamber. There is believed to be 4.6 million shells used in the different mosaics on the walls.

Margate - The Shell Grotto was discovered in 1835 by Mr James Newlove. He had been digging a pond when a hole appeared in the ground. Mr Newlove lowered his son Joshua down into it, and when he emerged again he told his father there were tunnels covered with shells. Two years later in 1837 he opened them to the public. The Grotto is 70 feet of winding passages leading to an oblong chamber. There is believed to be 4.6 million shells used in the different mosaics on the walls.

Botany Bay, Kent This is the most northerly of Broadstairss beaches, and perhaps the prettiest – a 660ft curve of sand backed by white cliffs, with chalk stacks, rock pools and safe swimming. At low tide you can walk to Joss Bay, Kents best surf beach.

The best British beaches

Botany Bay, Kent This is the most northerly of Broadstairss beaches, and perhaps the prettiest – a 660ft curve of sand backed by white cliffs, with chalk stacks, rock pools and safe swimming. At low tide you can walk to Joss Bay, Kents best surf beach.

Reculver Towers, near Margate - English Heritage. Open access, but visitor centre only open at weekends. #ruins

Reculver Towers, near Margate - English Heritage. Open access, but visitor centre only open at weekends. #ruins

The Lifeboat real ale pub, Margate, Kent

The Lifeboat real ale pub, Margate, Kent

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