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Westbrook Bay (Margate)

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Westbrook Bay (Margate) - Kent

© Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Lost child centre
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Beach hut hire
  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 3410 7054

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award