Living in Thanet

Quality of life

Thanet offers a choice of lifestyles, combining urban vitality with seaside tranquillity and stunning views.

  • The stunning Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina is a unique setting of cosmopolitan style restaurants and the picturesque harbour – making a delightful spot for residents and visitors alike.
  • With a celebrated events calendar, Thanet is home to the internationally renowned Broadstairs Folk Festival and Ramsgate International Yachting Week as well as other major events.
  • The District is surrounded by beautiful coastline, which includes coastal areas of international importance and beaches ideal for a range of water sports from sailing, jet skiing to kite surfing.
  • The District boasts quality restaurants to suit all palates, including Thai, Italian, Mexican, Asian, English and Chinese.
  • One of the UK’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal Margate provides a contemporary mix of theatre styles, dance, song, comedy and music.
  • The Westwood Cross town centre combines retail, leisure and dining in one place incorporating a state of the art shopping complex, 10 screen multiplex cinema and major names from the restaurant world.


Thanet enjoys an attractive combination of coastal and rural environments and is a popular holiday and day trip destination. It has an exceptionally mild climate with average sunshine due to its maritime location.


East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust provides all Thanet residents with comprehensive medical, dental and community health care facilities. Free consultations are available with doctors  and many practices provide a range of early warning screening clinics and general healthcare advisory services.

The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital at Margate is managed by the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust. A comprehensive range of services includes 24-hour accident and emergency cover. The site also houses a purpose built Hospice and separate mental health care building.

Nearby NHS provision includes the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Private medical facilities are available within most NHS hospitals including Margate whilst the independent Chaucer Hospital at Canterbury is operated by AMI and is BUPA recognised.


There are approximately 41 primary schools within the Thanet area catering for children aged 4-11 years, 13 secondary schools offering state and independent selective and non-selective education for children aged 11-18 years and several schools offering specialist education to children of all ages with severe learning difficulties and/or handicaps. There are approximately five private schools in the Thanet area catering for children between the ages of 3-19 years, with further facilities in the nearby Cathedral City of Canterbury.

Kent County Council is the Local Education Authority for Thanet.  They can provide information on various education issues in the Thanet area.

Travelling in Thanet

Local transport

 The following links offer general information on buses and trains in Thanet and the surrounding areas:


Bus pass scheme (KCC)

  • Bus passes   - All types of bus passes for travel around Kent.

    • Concessionary bus pass for older people and those with special needs
    • Young persons passes


Thanet offers a diverse range of residential properties from busy town centres to rural retreats, seafront premises to villages. Property prices are very competitive when compared with elsewhere in Kent or SE England, but vary within Thanet depending on their location.

You can find more information in our Housing section.