St Mildreds Bay

Within easy walking distance of Margate, the small, quiet, sandy beach of St Mildred’s Bay is next to the seaside town of Westgate. The beach backs on to a promenade and the sea wall follows the cliff formations around the bay.

Beach chalets which can be hired from Easter to September, there is a café/restaurant, and deck chairs are also available for hire. One of St Mildred’s Bay’s family-friendly features is a tidal bathing pool at the far end of the beach, which offers safe swimming among the rock pools. The beach is submerged at high tide.

Activities on offer include crazy golf, sailing, swimming and bathing, and wind surfing as well as tennis courts and a putting green. Nearby cafes serve coffee, tea, and snacks. Toilet availability times vary according to the season; facilities are fully open from the end of March and include disabled toilets.
There is parking nearby, with disabled access to the beach. There is a weekend lifeguard service from the end of May to the start of July, with daily cover from early July to the start of September.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs banned from 1st May to 30th Sept from 10am to 6pm.

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  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 3266 7039

Water quality

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St Mildreds Bay Reviews

Nice quiet beach

Mrs Beach
Aug 24th 2019

Plenty of sand for castles. When the tide is out the water is shallow, calm and clear. You can easily see crabs and sea snails. Rock pools for exploring too. There’s a cafe, a bar and toilets at one end. Not too busy. Park for free on the street.


Sharon Azani
Jul 15th 2019

When we were children my parents rented a house for the summer holidays including a beach hut on St Mildreds Bay. It was wonderful & in September I have plans to visit it again just after my 70th birthday. I am so excited!!!!

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