The humble seaside town of Margate in Kent has earned a reputation beyond British shores, bagging seventh place in the new Rough Guide book’s 'must see' worldwide destinations for 2013.
The opening of the £17.5m Turner Contemporary gallery in 2011, along with a preponderance of new cafes, trendy bars, and art galleries, has helped Margate earn its cool credentials. These trendy new additions give the town more than just 'golden sands’ and 'dilapidated seaside charm', according to the guide’s authors.
Heaping praise on the town, the Rough Guide Report said: “Visitors come for our exhibitions but also to experience the town, the beach, the boutique shops, cafes, Margate’s amazing history and of course our Turner sunsets.
“There is a fantastic feeling of change and momentum in Margate at the moment and we are all expecting another great year for the town.” Highlights of the seaside town include an annual jazz festival weekend, two theatres and the Margate Museum.
However, some locals were more than a bit bemused as to how the town secured a place in the top 10 ranking. Robert Spires, 41, said: “If this guide causes tens of thousands of people to descend on Margate from around the world I am afraid they will be very, very disappointed.”
Artist Tracey Emin, whose work at the Turner Contemporary in Margate is a huge draw in the town, also failed to be impressed by Margate’s charms. She said: “It is not the kind of place you really want to live in, let alone go on holiday to.” North Cyprus claimed the top spot in the top 10, followed by Stockholm, Dubrovnik, Kosice in Slovakia and Dresden, Germany. If you are heading on abroad in 2013, remember to get the right type of travel insurance policy before you leave, to protect you financially while you’re away.
Date Created: 14/12/2012