St Margaret's Bay - © National Trust Image 1023941

St Margaret's Bay

  • Shingle beachSt Margaret's Bay - Image by Maison Dieu Guest House
  • Ideal for rockpooling
  • Watersports
  • Plenty of parking
  • Kiosk selling refreshments
  • Public toilet  - disabled facilities
  • Slipway
  • Dogs allowed
  • Public transport: Stagecoach bus service

A  little more about St Margaret's Bay...

The lovely seaside village of St Margaret's is set in the heart of White Cliffs Country. It first appeared in the Domesday Book as "Sancta Margharita" with continuing history revolving around its location. From late Victorian times it developed as a holiday resort and retreat for the well-to-do, amongst which Lord Byron, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward all stayed or lived here. 

Today, the village and bay offer an inspiring backdrop to spectacular countryside and coastline and to a wide range of activities. If you love history, discover The Frontline Britain Trail - a 4 mile circular route - learn about the role of St Margaret's during the Second World War.

Other things to do...

The narrow winding road to the bay leads to a car park facing the beach and The Coastguard - Britain's nearest pub to France.

Paths from the bay lead up to the cliff top (be prepared for lots of steps) where you can take a walk and admire the stunning views. Ponies roam the cliff top so don’t be surprised if you come across one or two. The cliff path leads to the Dover Patrol Memorial, and beyond is a fabulous walk to Kingsdown.

Enjoy fresh, seasonal Kentish food at the White Cliffs Hotel and the beautiful Pines Garden, Museum and Tea Room. Indulge in a delicious cream tea at Shelly's Tea Room or Mrs Knott's Tea Room at South Foreland Lighthouse. Discover history and take pleasure in those panoramic views.