Kent Seaside Town Of Margate Makes Rough Guides Top Ten Travel List For 2013

14/12/2012 14:44 | Updated 14 December 2012

The somewhat dilapidated seaside town of Margate has been voted one of the top ten worldwide hot spots to visit in 2013.

Those wags over at the Rough Guides travel website placed the town at number seven, upon the recommendation of web editor Tim Chester.

Chester blows the trumpet for the town's "indie art spaces, retro shops and cute cafes in the Old Town", as well as the Turner Contemporary gallery.


Margate is number seven in the Rough Guides top ten destinations for 2013

To date, Margate has suffered from a somewhat shabby reputation. Over one third of the town's seaside shops remain empty and unemployment stands at around 20%. According to The Guardian, Margate has one of the highest numbers of people dependent on benefits in the country.

In 2011 a visit from the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh prompted the city to clear seaweed from the beach to eradicate "unpleasant smells", while the Old Town was spruced up with hanging baskets and paintwork.

Click the gallery below to see the Rough Guides list in full.

Rough Guides Top Ten Destinations for 2013
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