Average time spent – 4+ hours.
Located by the seafront in Margate, Dreamland claims to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in the UK. As you walk through the park, the retro seaside vibe is everywhere, and there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
Several elements of the park’s structure – including its enormous wooden ‘Scenic Railway’ rollercoaster – are actually Grade II listed, meaning they are of special historic interest. But Dreamland is much more than just a vintage-themed backdrop for some great family photos, offering a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. You can easily spend 4+ hours here.
Outdoor Activities: First and foremost, of course, are the theme park rides. For the more adventurous visitors, there is a terrifying tower drop ride and a pendulum swing. Both are easy to locate: just follow the sound of screams echoing around the park.
More traditional rides include dodgems, swingboats, a waltzer, and a huge big wheel offering incredible panoramic views over the park and nearby beach. Smaller thrill-seekers will be charmed by the carousel, car ride, and rainbow-coloured slides. In the busy summer season, you may even be fortunate enough to catch a free musical performance in the central arena. Fair warning though: be prepared to queue for the most popular rides in peak season, particularly the iconic Scenic Railway rollercoaster.
It’s also worth noting that Dreamland is over the road from Margate’s sandy beach, and entry to the park allows you to come and go all day – meaning that you can fit in a spot of paddling and build a few sandcastles as part of your day trip.
Indoor Activities: If the weather is uncooperative, you can seek refuge indoors. There’s a huge traditional seaside arcade, complete with coin pusher machines that will keep kids occupied for as long as you’re prepared to keep supplying them with 2p coins. In line with the retro theme, you’ll also find an indoor roller disco (conveniently located next to the Roller Diner in case not everyone fancies skating – although note that under-14s must be accompanied by an adult).
Then there’s the Octopus’s Garden, an indoor play zone for the under-8’s, complete with a circus tent, beach huts, sandpits, climbing frames and more.
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Eating – Dreamland offers sit-in dining; as well as the Roller Diner you’ll find a rooftop bar and barbecue supplying cocktails and Caribbean influenced food on summer weekends (subject to weather conditions), and the Cinque Ports pub offering pub grub with a Mexican twist. Plus typical seaside funfair kiosks.
Facilities in brief – Theme park with outdoor rides for all ages. Plus indoor arcade, roller disco and soft play, There are toilets and places to eat.
Entry price – *Higher Priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher Priced. The pricing for Dreamland is not straightforward. Entry to the park is free, and you pay to ride the attractions. Unlimited ride wristbands cost £15 for all rides in peak season (£8.25 off-peak) if you buy in advance, or £20 on the day. Pay as you go option is available.
Roller Disco and Octopus’s garden have an additional cost. I recommend checking prices on the website before you travel, to ensure you’re not hit with any surprise costs!
Dreamland has its own car park, which costs £9 per day – booking ahead is advised in the busy summer season. Alternatively, there are a number of other car parks in Margate which offer cheaper rates, and Dreamland is located extremely close to Margate train station, making rail travel an option for your day trip especially if you’re travelling from London.
Opening: To be confirmed. They have not reopened as yet. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted
Address: 49-51, Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XJ, Kent, England. Phone: 01843 295887
Guest post with thanks to Mairead from The Sickly Mama
Category – Theme Park – Indoors and outdoors – suitable for all ages.
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