Lighthouse in Margate

Afternoon in Margate

After moving to London in September last year, I had only one goal – to spend some time by the sea before autumn and winter come with their rain and cold. Busy with looking for a flat (I moved countries with an Airbnb booked for just 5 weeks – I needed something permanent ASAP!), I could only afford to leave the city on the first weekend in between flat viewings. I had one Sunday afternoon to spare – and I decided to use it wisely and see the sea and catch the last rays of sun. What a great idea it was!

I had plans to revisit Margate this spring, but coronavirus ruined this and many other ideas. I’m glad I managed to make this trip back when it was still possible.

The first item on my agenda was the Shell Grotto. Discovered in 1835, it’s a long passage leading to a rectangular chamber, covered in 4.6 million shells. Its origin remains unknown and you can sense the mystery in the air.

Shell Grotto in Margate

The ceiling of the Shell Grotto

The town itself is really charming too.  To my surprise though, it seemed very empty. Off-season, but the weather was lovely and I was expecting more people enjoying the last moments of sun and summer.

A clock tower by the beach in Margate

An old church in the town

Used to the Baltic Sea, I completely forgot about the tide – the water level of the Baltic Sea stays pretty much constant. When I arrived at Margate, the beach was a fairly narrow strip of sand. I sat down for a while, then went to explore the town and the Shell Grotto. When I returned to the beach, I felt like something was off, but I didn’t fully realise what it was. It took me a while to figure out that it was the sea… the sea that was missing! Well, not entirely, as I could still see it, but it was way, way further away than just 2 hours earlier. You can tell from the photos below that the sea level had decreased by a good few meters.

The sandy beach in Margate, people sunbathing

High tide on the beach in Margate

A while later, I could walk up to the lighthouse – it used to be surrounded by water!

Lighthouse in Margate

Shells and seaweed on the beach in Margate

I’m looking forward to summer, there are a few other seaside towns I’d love to visit – hopefully, lockdown will be over before winter starts again. The trip to Margate was very short – just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon – but definitely worth it, on the very last warm weekend in 2019! And the ice cream was top class too. 🙂

A seagull on a concrete fence, with the sea in the background - Margate

A mysterious statue on the beach in Margate, at sunset

Ice cream in a cone with chocolate and sprinkles, on the Margate beach

A year earlier, I went on a trip to London. Check out the photos from that travel too!

Tower bridge in London
London trip
Kew Gardens - tall palm trees
Kew Gardens in the rain
Exotic animal expo - crested gecko baby on a hand
Exotic animal expo

18 thoughts on “Afternoon in Margate

  1. Lovely photos, Alphe! Nice to see you back. I hope you are well and get the chance soon to take those trips. Lucky you, I’d love to see England. 🇬🇧

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I really hope this chaos is over soon, this is my first spring/summer season living in England and instead exploring the country, I’m stuck in my flat 24/7. It’s been over 2 months already and apparently we’re working remotely at least until August, so it looks like I won’t have many trips this year 😦

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