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Broadstairs

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Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in the Thanet district of east Kent, England, about 80mi east of London. It is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's, which includes St Peter's, and had a population in 2011 of about 25,000. Situated between Margate and Ramsgate, Broadstairs is one of Thanet's seaside resorts, known as the "jewel in Thanet's crown". The town's crest's Latin motto is Stella Maris ("Star of the Sea"). The name derives from a former flight of steps in the chalk cliff, which led from the sands up to the 11th-century shrine of St Mary on the cliff's summit.The town spreads from Haine Road in the west to Kingsgate (named after the landing of King Charles II in 1683), a hamlet in St Peter parish in the north, and to Dumpton in the south (named after the yeoman Dudeman who farmed there in the 13th century). The hamlet of Reading (formerly Reden or Redyng) Street was established by Flemish refugees in the 17th century.HistoryBefore 1400The inland village of St Peter's was established after the building of a parish church in about 1080. The coastal confederation of Cinque Ports during its mediæval period consisted of a confederation of 42 towns and villages in all. This included St Peter's, as a 'limb' of Dover. On the nearby coast was a cliff-top shrine, the Shrine of Our Lady, at what was then called Bradstow(e), meaning "broad place" (perhaps referring to the wide bay).
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Viking Bay ©
Beach
Viking Bay
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Church of St Peter-in-Thanet ©
Church
Church of St Peter-in-Thanet
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Victoria Gardens & Promenade
Scenic Walking Area
Victoria Gardens & Promenade
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Joss Bay ©
Beach
Joss Bay
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Broadstairs

Dover Castle ©
Castle
Dover Castle Dover
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Dreamland Margate ©
Ride / Activity
Dreamland Margate Margate
3.2
Duration: 8 hours
The White Cliffs of Dover ©
Geologic Formation
The White Cliffs of Dover Dover
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ramsgate Tunnels ©
Historic Site
Ramsgate Tunnels Ramsgate
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Broadstairs

Stone Bay ©
Beach
Stone Bay
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Helter Skelter Children's Activity Centre and Cafe
Playground
Helter Skelter Children's Activity Centre and Cafe
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Arrowsmiths
Gift & Specialty Shop
Arrowsmiths
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
The Four Candles
Brewery
The Four Candles
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Beaches in Broadstairs

Dumpton Gap ©
Beach
Dumpton Gap
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Louisa Bay ©
Beach
Louisa Bay
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Broadstairs

Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs ©
Church
Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Bleak House Museum ©
Historic Site
Bleak House Museum
2.8
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Broadstairs

Westwood Cross Shopping Centre ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Westwood Cross Shopping Centre
3.2
Duration: 4 hours
The Angel Rooms ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Angel Rooms
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

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