The historic seaside resort of Margate in Kent is known for its sandy beaches and old fashioned style resort charm. The Cliftonville bus station in Margate is the main hub for coach and bus services running between the town and the English capital of London. The only large scale coach service available is operated by National Express to Margate Cliftonville from London Victoria Station, which means the best option for many travellers is to include both a rail and bus journey in their trip. Outside the National Express schedule, Stagecoach do operate a number of bus services running throughout the Margate area, including a popular service from Ramsgate to Margate. A large train station is found in Ramsgate, which often links visitors from outside the region with the coastal resorts of Kent.
Like many British seaside resorts, Margate struggled to find an identity from the mid to late 20th century, but has recently emerged as a modern tourist centre following a large amount of investment and regeneration. Amongst the updated and rebuilt attractions in the town are the Dreamland theme park, which features the oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK and is a must for roller coaster fans from around the world. A scenic railway, featuring classic steam engines also operates from the town and reflects the slowed down charm of the town and its surrounding area. Of course, for many visitors the major draw is the large sandy beach that sits on the coastline, featuring many of the arcades and shops that make up the classic British seaside holiday, Margate has something to offer every visitor. Along the coast is the modern building created to house the Turner Contemporary exhibition space, which is dedicated to modern artists and the classic work of JMW Turner, who shared a strong artistic link with the town in the 19th century.