The Beach Guide

Westbrook Bay (Margate)

Westbrook Bay (Margate) - Kent

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This pleasant, sandy beach sits on the north-eastern Kent coast, and is one of the quieter beaches to be found close to the town of Margate – there are no arcades here. Westbrook is a good beach to bring young children, who will enjoy playing with buckets and spades in the clean sand or jumping in the waves. The presence of a lifeguard in the summer season and the gentle slope of the sands make this a relatively safe place for younger visitors.

Even when the tide is in at Westbrook, a narrow stretch of sand remains. At low tide a number of rockpools are exposed and it can be fun hunting for marine life and pretty shells amongst the rocks.

The beach has a designated water-skiing area and is popular with watersport enthusiasts. To the rear of the beach runs a wide promenade which has some attractively-coloured beach huts. A mini-golf course can be found at the eastern end of the bay, and at the western end is a large, grassy area with a 1030’s sunken garden. Tennis courts and bowling facilities are nearby. The facilities here are good, including deck chair hire, toilets and a couple of cafes.

For shops, cafes and entertainment head to Margate itself which can be found less than a mile away.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs banned on the central section of the beach from 1st May to 30th Sept from 10am to 6pm.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    CT9 5DW

    OS grid ref.

    TR 3410 7054

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award

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    Westbrook Bay (Margate) Reviews

    Not what I had in mind

    Aug 26th 2019

    Nice sandy beach, but sea is full of seaweed on top of rocky uneven seabed making getting out to swim precarious. I even preferred beach at Leysdown to this. Only came as was recommended! Won’t be comingagain

    What did we get wrong?