Broadstairs on Sea

On the first Friday of February after leaving St Edward’s Presbytery and dropping my sister off at Ramsgate Station I headed to the little seaside resort of Broadstairs. It’s practically part of Ramsgate but definitely a separate place. I liked very much what I saw. I’d always been intrigued by views of the town which show Charles Dickens’s Bleak House on a cliff looking  out to sea. You can see it in the middle of the picture below. There are several Dickens connections in Broadstairs and I probably didn’t see all of them. At that early hour in the morning I was able to park easily near the sea front. As near as you can get by car, anyway. There are pleasant gardens and paths separating the beach from the road and the main streets and narrow lanes behind.


Broadstairs Beach

img_0425Broadstairs Beach

Bleak House, Broadstairs


Dickens Commemorated at Bleak House


There’s a Challenge? Probably the best afternoon tea in England!


“Charles Dickens lived here and wrote part of Barnaby Rudge, 1841”


“In this house lived the original of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1839”


Do you know The Clangers?


Their creator, Oliver Postgate lived here


Did you see “Chariots of Fire”?  This sign is on the wall of  a hotel facing the sea.


6 comments on “Broadstairs on Sea

  1. Broadstairs is on our list for a day trip but having read this fascinating Blog, I realise we may need a long weekend to see everything. The famous mosaic artist Martin Cheek has his studio in Broadstairs. He is a brilliant and totally original artist and is a huge inspiration to all of us mosaic people. He was commissioned by Oliver Postgate’s widow to make that Clangers mosaic. Rosanna x

    • Fancy! I should have thought of you, Rosanna, when I took the picture. I think a stay at Broadstairs would make an excellent short break. I hope I can return one day at a bit warmer time of day.

  2. Mary says:

    Hope you didn’t miss Morelli’s famous ice-cream parlour, although perhaps it wasn’t the weather for knickerbocker glories.

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