Westbrook Bay (Margate)

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 must be kept on a lead between 10am and 6pm from 1 May to 30 September

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 3410 7054

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Westbrook Bay (Margate) Reviews

Don’t tell the day trippers

Jul 13th 2020

Brian is partly right, at the wrong time of year seaweed can be an issue but the council will clear it. It’s an excellent sandy beach and a 5 to 10 minute walk from the clock tower gets you to a much quieter and nicer beach than the main sands. I may be biased as I have a share in a beach hut here! But as a long time resident I can tell you that there’s not many bad beaches on this stretch of coast.

Westbrooks fantastic Blue flag family beach

Day tripper
Mar 13th 2020

Always found Westbrook beach clean tidy and seaweed free, lovely sandy beach for families with life guards always in attendance throughout the summer.

Presence of seaweed is quite normal after a storm at the seaside so perhaps you just picked the wrong day.

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?