As one of England's oldest seaside resorts, Margate has attracted visitors to its golden sands for over 250 years. The railway from London reached the town in 1863, and the current Margate train station was designed by Maxwell Fry, the architect of three neo-classical stations for Southern Railways in the mid-1920s.
Today, visitors emerge from Fry's building to a view of the water and the wide expanse of Margate Sands, and the walk along the seafront takes in the Jubilee Clock Tower and the Marine Gardens. The main attractions of the town are within a short walk of the station. The legendary Dreamland theme park and its Scenic Railway rollercoaster – the oldest in Britain – reopened in 2015. Across the beach from the theme park is the Turner Contemporary art gallery, designed by David Chipperfield. Between the two, the streets around Margate Old Town Square are packed with galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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Margate train station has four platforms. The main entrance leads into the ticket hall and the station cafe. If the counter is closed, the ticket machine is just outside the front door. The ticket hall opens out onto platform 1, where there is a waiting room with toilets. The remaining three platforms are reached via a subway, with lifts for step-free access. There is a second waiting room between platforms 2 and 3. The taxi rank is outside the main entrance.
Margate train station has three car parks outside the main entrance. All car parks have step-free access.
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Margate station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.
Trains arrive into and depart from Margate station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Margate.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Margate station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Margate station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.