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West Bay (Westgate) Beach

Margate, Kent

Craggy cliffs dip sharply on either side of this tide-washed sand and shingle beach. It has good facilities and some interesting rockpools.

Beach Type



Beach shops
There are beach huts for hire
Facilities and access for disabled visitors


Putting green

Nature and Wildlife

Some interesting coastal walks taking in lovely scenery and interesting rockpools.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly.


Dogs banned from 1st May to 31st Sept from 10am to 6pm.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

MARGATE TIC. 12-13 The Parade. Margate Kent. CT9 1EY Tel: +44 (0) 1843 583334 Fax: +44 (0)1843 292019


Nearest town: Margate
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3829, 1.33452
Postcode: CT8 8QG
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From London take the M20 - M2 - A299 - A28 to Margate. Beach access is off the A28 on the way into Margate.

Public Transport

Westgate station is nearby.

Nearest Railway Stations

Westgate-on-Sea (Less than half a mile away)
Birchington-on-sea (About a mile and a half away)
Margate (About a mile and a half away)
Minster (Approx. 4 miles away)
Ramsgate (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Pay and display parking.

Nearby Car Parks

St Mildreds Bay, Westgate (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Westbrook Promenade, Margate (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Albion Road, Birchington-on-Sea (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Alpha Road, Birchington-on-Sea (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Birchington-on-sea Station, Birchington-on-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Margate Station, Margate (Long stay).
About 1.6 miles away
All Saints, Margate (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Albert Terrace, Margate (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Market Street, Margate (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Mill Lane, Margate (Long stay).
About 2.1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Margate