A town in Kent with a population of 55,000, Margate has been a leading seaside resort for more than 200 years. Although tourism has declined in the area of late, its high street is getting what residents say is a much-needed facelift, and the council is putting thousands of pounds into revitalising the town to live up to its former glory.
Margate Old Town, which features newly opened Turner Contemporary Art Gallery and a group of thriving independent shopping district, is a hub of activity, and Margate's sandy beaches never fail to delight visiting and resident families.
In nearby Broadstairs, one can find the Dickens House Museum, where Miss Mary Pearson Strong, the author's real-life inspiration for the David Copperfield character Miss Betsey Trotwood, lived.
Residents of Margate describe it as a quietly pleasant place to live with exceptional fish and chips.