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50 Years (1970 - 2020)


Located by the seaside in Broadstairs, Kent

Hilderstone College is located in the centre of the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs in south-east England.

It is 110 km from London (80 minutes by high speed train), 30 minutes from the historic city of Canterbury and within easy access of the Channel Tunnel and port of Dover.

There are many restaurants, pubs and coffee bars where you can meet friends. Close by there are also shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, music venues, bowling alleys, sports centres, markets and an amusement park. The old part of Broadstairs still retains the beauty of a picturesque fishing village. During the 19th century Broadstairs became popular with members of the royal family and famous artists and writers. Charles Dickens wrote much of his work here and called it his "beloved Broadstairs". The town remains very popular with visitors today.

The Local Area

Broadstairs is situated on the coast between Margate and Ramsgate. The area is known as Thanet and was originally an island, separated from the mainland by the Wantsum Channel.


Margate is the largest of the three towns and is a traditional holiday seaside resort with beautiful sandy beaches, a vibrant 'old town' with a cafe culture, retro shops and the wonderful Turner Contemporary art gallery. Dreamland amusement park is also an exciting place to visit.


Ramsgate has a maritime history dating back hundreds of years. It boasts a royal harbour full of boats and yachts and surrounded by cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy boat trips to go fishing or see the seals, explore the old smugglers' caves or take a pleasant cliff-top walk. On a clear day you can see France across the Channel.

Westwood Cross

Westwood Cross shopping centre is located just outside Broadstairs and there is a regular bus service from the town centre. With over fifty shops and restaurants, it is open seven days a week. There is a multi-screen cinema, a health club and a casino too. There are special events and market stalls to enjoy.

Take a tour of our local area:

Travelling to Broadstairs

Travelling to Broadstairs is simple and there are many different possibilities explained below. Once we have confirmed your enrolment and you have made your travel plans, please complete the arrival information form.

Please note that a supplementary charge of £20 is made for late arrivals between 22:30 and 0:00 (midnight) and an additional £20 if departing before 07:00. Hosts cannot accept students between 0:00 and 08:00. Please make alternative arrangements to stay in a hotel.

Airport taxi transfer

We are happy to organise a taxi transfer from any of the arrival points below. If you would like us to organise your taxi transfer, just click on the link above and complete the arrival information form. We'll do the rest!

Sharing your taxi transfer

If you share your taxi transfer, the cost will be divided by the number of students. Please tell us the names of all the people sharing on the arrival information form.

Prices for a taxi transfer 2019/2020

Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick or London City airport: £130

Dover ferry port: £65

Ashford International (Eurostar): £70

Ebbsfleet International (Eurostar): £90

Arrival by train

Broadstairs is 1 hour and 20 minutes by direct train from St Pancras International station in London. From Victoria station it is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

If you are travelling at the weekend ask for an 'off-peak return ticket', which will be much cheaper.

For 3 or more people travelling together a 'group saver' ticket is a lot cheaper.

Travelling from Heathrow? Travel by underground train to Victoria then on to Broadstairs for a cheaper fare.

Train times and routes website

Stansted Express to Tottenham Hale

TFL link (Transport For London)

Arrival by Eurostar train

If you are travelling to England by Eurostar, the closest stations to Broadstairs are Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International. It is better to choose one of these rather than continuing to St Pancras International in London.

Arrival by coach

You can travel to Broadstairs by coach from London Victoria coach station. It takes 2 hours and 40 minutes.

National Express coach website

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