Dreamland Margate is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain: the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom and the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the circus tycoon, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.
Following significant additional investment in 2017, Dreamland Margate was re-landscaped to provide a space that brings together an amusement park with lovingly restored vintage rides, world-class entertainment spaces and
much more, set against the backdrop of the beach. With art installations such as an interactive marble run and a mirrored spinning top, adventurous street food from around the world served from vintage trucks, eclectic bars including a bar under a giant slide and one among the tree tops, and a broad programme of live entertainment, the park has a hugely unique offering for visitors.
A stand out cultural destination, Dreamland has a garden walkway that gives everyone the opportunity to admire its antique menagerie cages from the 1800s, capturing part of the site’s rich history. The ride line-up features the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster - the grade II* listed Scenic Railway, the Magic Mouse, Wedgwood Tea Cups. The Waltzer has been lovingly restored to its former 1940s glory.
There’s plenty of fun for the little ones, with a selection of smaller rides to enjoy, as well as live shows from Teddy and Betty bear and pop-up entertainment throughout the park.
On the seafront, the original 1930s Cinque Ports pub has been brought back to life, offering modern pub fare with a front row view of the beach. Margate’s only rooftop bar, Ziggy’s, also launched this year, offering unparalleled vistas over the iconic ‘JMW Turner’ skyline.
The reimagining of Dreamland plays a major role in the ongoing transformation of Margate’s thriving seafront district into a world-class attraction for both local residents and tourists. It is less than 90 minutes from London by train, with Margate station only a 5-minute walk away.
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