Keepers Cottages’ favourite beaches in Kent

Phoebe Shipton  ·  8th August 2019

Booking a holiday in Deal and the surrounding area means you have access to some of the best beaches in Kent!

And here at Keepers Cottages, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to be so close to a number of wonderful beaches – perfect for a dip in the sea after a long day in the office. Which is why we thought we would share some of our favourites with you.

Deal itself has a wonderful beach with lots on offer for all the family (including your littlest members – dogs!) But we also have some other suggestions for fun filled beach days in locations close by. 

Kent, or ‘The Garden of England’ is blessed to also have many nautical gardens and the coastline of Kent has no shortage of wild beauty. 

Which Kent beaches are the most child friendly?

The RH&DR railway (Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway) began running to Dungeness in 1928 – and ever since has been enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The little trainline offers great views of the beautiful Kent countryside. We recommend catching the train and taking the short journey from New Romney to Dungeness. It’s a great activity with the children and there’s a lovely stretch of beach to enjoy together with an ice cream after the train ride.

Margate and Broadstairs are also both incredibly child friendly locations.

Once the holidays start, the beaches fill up with footballs, sand-castles and families who have come out to enjoy what is a wonderfully sandy beach.

Kent beaches with the best photography opportunities

While in Romney Marsh, we suggest taking a camera as this area is brimming full of wildlife.

You can admire the wild cows and sheep as well as taking advantage of the many bird watching opportunities. Due to the huge area this particular marsh covers, there are many cycling and walking opportunities – perfect for all the family and dogs! 

Romney Beach, Kent

Once you have taken the magical RH&DR railway to Dungeness, the photography opportunities only increase.

Dungeness beach Kent
Dungeness, Kent

This totally unique beach is covered in old boats, relics of the industrial past and even some fishing materials. These tend to make the most “instagramable” photos as well as the abundance of beautiful wild flowers. This beach is spotted with hundreds of colours which make the most wonderful background for a family day out on the beach. Dungeness even has a historic lighthouse that is open to the public. 

Together, Romney Marsh and Dungeness are a photographers dream. Which is why they are both on our list of beaches to visit!

Beaches on the Kent coast with the most child friendly activities

If you are looking for a fun packed day with lots to do then Margate beach is the one for you.

Margate has plenty to offer such as mini golf, traditional amusements as well as the Turner Contemporary Museum. And most importantly Dreamland! Once described as the heartbeat of Margate, the seaside park when first opened hosted a zoo, miniature railway, WWII troops, and bands such as the Rolling Stones. 

It was then opened again with more than 25 rides, both old and new, for your littlest members to your biggest members. Come and enjoy your favourite seaside food and admire the interactive art exhibits – a really fun day out for your whole family. 

If you are looking for a sandy beach rather than pebbles then you will really enjoy a family day out at Joss Bay in Broadstairs. This traditional bucket and spade beach is perfect for long walks.

Joss Bay has a small shop where you can get beach essentials: ice cream; fishing nets; inflatable toys plus bucket and spades. There’s even an opportunity for crabbing.

Beaches in Kent that are as fun for the adults as they are for the children

Whitstable is a traditional seaside town and has the one thing we all love in a beach: beach huts! If you walk the long path from one end of Whitstable to the other (even stretching into Tankerton) you will be greeted by gorgeous little beach huts in every colour of the rainbow. 

Whitstable Kent
Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable also has many different wild flowers and therefore offers some wonderful photography opportunities. While walking down the beach you will, hopefully, stumble upon the Old Neptune. This pub serves traditional seaside food, all freshly and locally caught, and is the perfect place to watch the sunset after a busy day with all the family. 

Old Neptune pub Kent

Sandwich Bay offers a much more peaceful stretch of beach. It is private, so very quiet and often you are one of 4/5 people often walking their dogs across The Royal St George’s golf club which aligns the beautiful coast.

Deal Beach

Of course, we couldn’t finish this blog without mentioning our own beautiful and one of a kind beach in Deal!

As with all great beaches , Deal beach comes complete with a wonderful pier. Wander down and watch the fishermen land all sorts from big and small fish to crabs!

As you reach the end, you will find a lovely cafe: Deal Pier Kitchen. Walking back you will really appreciate the beauty of Deal as you can see for miles: on a clear day you can even catch a glimpse of France!

Deal beach offers great fish and chips as well as ice cream. And it’s a great place to take long walks with your family and pets. You can even head to Sandwich and along the famous golf courses, or to nearby Kingsdown, to access yet another great beach. 

Book a holiday cottage near a beach in Kent

We hope you will take advantage of the wonderful beaches the Kent has to offer and enjoy yourself with all your family!

We are always happy to help with any enquires you might have about the surrounding and beautiful beaches of Kent. 

And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we have a wonderful range of holiday cottages near a beach in Kent.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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