As a county with lots of ‘must visit’ beaches and towns, it’s easy to overlook Botany Bay in Kent. But this beautiful cove is handily located between Broadstairs and the increasingly-popular, hipster-magnet of Margate, so it’s easy to visit from London.
Waking up with a case of the blues, I decided the sea would cure me and it was time to day trip to Margate…on arrival I was underwhelmed. Botany Bay is a 45-minute stroll down the promenade so off I went.
It was a drizzly, windswept walk that, at the time, matched my mood quite pleasingly. But as I arrived at Botany Bay, the clouds cleared and the sky turned a gorgeous blue.
There were dogs everywhere, the sand squished under my sneakers, and the chalk cliffs (complete with smugglers’ caves) were bright white in the sunshine.
My bad mood was successfully lifted.
Getting to Botany Bay by train
Trains run regularly from London St. Pancras and London Victoria and a ticket costs around £25 return, bought on the day. It takes around 90-120 minutes each way.
Trains from Victoria divide at Faversham, with half the coaches continuing on to Ramsgate (via Margate) and the other half going to Dover Priory*. Make sure you’re in the right half!
*Check out my guide for visiting the White Cliffs of Dover.
Where to stay at Botany Bay in Kent
The 3-star Botany Bay Hotel is right at the top of the cliffs, a minute walk to Botany Bay, and has excellent reviews.