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The quaint Victorian seaside resort of Broadstairs is located in the far East corner of Kent and is flanked by the stunning white chalk cliffs which extend South and West towards Ramsgate and Dover, and North and Westerly, via beautiful coves with fine, sandy beaches to Margate and the famous shrimping venue of Herne Bay, the favorite retreat of P. G. Wodehouse's fictitious butler "Jeeves".
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Hugely popular in the late 19th Century with visitors travelling down from London to use the bathing huts to enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea, Broadstairs and Ramsgate are still dominated by the grandeur of Victorian and Regency architecture.
Broadstairs is perhaps now most famous for its links with Charles Dickens, who spent a month every year at this favourite haunt, where he wrote substantial portions of some of his most celebrated works. The fortified house which dominates the skyline, and where Dickens stayed, has now been renamed "Bleak House" after his novel.
The annual Dickens Festival sees the town's residents, schoolchildren and visitors dressed in Victorian costume for the Grand Parade, and features many Victorian and Dickensian-themed events.
..and Cosmopolitan Cuisine
If eating out is your passion, Broadstairs boasts a rich diversity of restaurants, ranging from traditional English and the excellent Seafood menu of the Tartar Frigate pub (situated close ot the harbour), through Italian, Chinese and Greek cuisine to a few well-presented Indian restaurants.
Several of the restaurants welcome diners through doors on Broadstairs' High Street and extend via outside seating to gardens and patios overlooking the cliffs, giving panoramics views of Viking Bay and the English Channel.
Broadstairs is also within easy reach of a number of other seaside towns, from Ramsgate, with its picturesque Royal Harbour and buzzing cafe culture, via coves with excellent sandy beaches (such as the beautiful Joss Bay) to Sandwich, Herne Bay and Margate - with its famous sweep of fine golden sand and busy seafront.
The East Kent countryside is home to many excellent family pubs, providing a superb range of traditional pub cuisine and fresh seafood menus.
An historic corner of England
Being within sight of France (just across the English Channel) Thanet has had plenty of seafaring invaders in the past and there is much of unique historical interest locally.
Just a few miles to the West along the "Viking Way" cycle route (which links coastal towns around Thanet), there is a full-size replica of a Viking ship, of the type used by the Vikings when they landed here in the 5th Century.
Much earlier, around 55 BC the Romans brought their culture and architecture to East Kent, building forts at Reculver and Richborough.
The busy port of Dover, which provides daily sailings to the continent, is home to an ancient Roman house and an excellently preserved Bronze-age boat in its museum.
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