Historic Margate - Beach Boys and Bathing Belles: a Seaside Trail through Victorian Margate

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Travel back to the delights of sea bathing in Victorian Margate. In this quest you are racing against the imminent arrival of the Paddle Steamer, bringing with it a rather straight-laced Aunt. See if you can enjoy some of the many delights that there were on offer for the Victorian holidaymaker at this highly popular sea resort and still make it to your Bathing Hut in good time to enjoy a rejuvenating dip just as you like it. Telescopes are optional!
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  • Kids under 12 should be guided by their parents
  • Game ends in another place than it starts
  • Cross the street carefully
  • Pause, continue exploring at your own pace or replay at any time.
  • Varied terrain/elevation, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • We recommend not playing at night

Places you will visit

11

It will take you

113-143 mins

You will walk

4600 steps

Total distance

3.5 km

Highlights

  • Get a real taste of what Margate was like for Victorian holidaymakers and sea bathers

  • Discover the charms of the Old Town

  • Enjoy the relaxing Walpole Bay and its tidal pool

  • See one of the tiniest theatres in the world - The Tom Thumb

  • Find "a fine Arcadian bolthole" at the Libertines' Albion Rooms hotel.

Storyline

As a visitor to sunny Margate you are keen to have a revitalising 'sea bath' with a dear friend. However, you hear from a cousin that your Aunt has already boarded a Paddle Steamer and is on her way. She has been scandalised by the reports of "promiscuous" (or mixed gender bathing) and men without bathing suits that she's read in the Observer so she has come armed with much moral indignation and her best telescope. Can you get get round the course and get your dip in the sea before she arrives?

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