Ramsgate

Ramsgate Harbour

Ramsgate is a seaside town in Kent close to Dover and Canterbury.

Understand

Ramsgate forms part of the Isle of Thanet and is closely associated with its neighbouring towns of Broadstairs and Margate. The town's heyday was the Regency and Victorian eras when the well-heeled would holiday in the town, savouring it's genteel culture. Nowadays the town remains a popular destination and has much to offer visitors.

Ramsgate exists in an area that has been crucial to British history. Just down the road at Richborough is the site of the Claudian Invasion of 43AD and evidence of roman settlement in Ramsgate was found as recently as the nineteenth century. Viking chieftains Hengist and Horsa landed at Ebbsfleet in Pegwell Bay in 449AD and were given the Isle of Thanet by Vortigern as thanks for their help in the first stages of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain. In 597AD, St Augustine landed at Ebbsfleet on his mission to convert Britain to Christianity and later became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1483, Ramsgate was adopted as a limb of Sandwich and by association, a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation. Growing trade and prosperity in the 17th Century saw Ramsgate develop and throughout the 18th Century many elegant Georgian townhouses were constructed, seeing the creation of Nelson and Wellington Crescents on the east and west cliffs and many small squares. Ramsgate was a fashionable place to stay in Regency times and became the haunt of many writers, artists and philanthropists.

The building of a harbour in the town was as a result of the 1703 Great Storm. It wasn't until King George IV used the town as his departure point for a trip to Hanover in 1821 that the 'Royal' title was bestowed, after the King became so impressed by his welcome to the town. During the Napoleonic Wars, Ramsgate was a garrison town with thousands of troops going back and forth to various battles. In both the world wars, Ramsgate was one of the first places in Britain to be bombed by the Germans and during the 1940 Dunkirk Evacuation the town acted as the central port for the rescue of the troops from France.

Ramsgate's harbour is still a working one with the advent of the Thanet Wind Farm and it still has a small fishing community, busy slipways and a port offering cross-channel ferry routes to the continent. Ramsgate's heyday has long since passed, in common with many seaside towns, but it has a rich history and stunning views and architecture as well as a vibrant cafe culture that surprises many who visit the town.

Get in

The nearest major international airports are at London Gatwick (approx 84 mi/135 km) and London Heathrow (approx 104 mi/168 km).

Get around

See

St. George's Church

Do

There are lots of things to do in Ramsgate such as walking, water sports, land-based fun and cycling. Take a stroll around Ramsgate's Royal Harbour and enjoy the thriving cafe culture alongside the marina.

Buy

Eat

Ramsgate offers some of the best dining in the South East of England, with several well-regarded restaurants situated around the picturesque harbour including the renowned Surin Restaurant, Alexandra Ristorante and young businesses such as Eddie Gilberts and Age & Sons which have built up formidable reputations in a very short amount of time.

Most of the usual chain restaurants and fast food outlets can be found in Ramsgate including McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Pizza Express (Harbour Parade). The nearest Burger King is at the Westwood Shopping Centre.

Drink

Sleep

Connect

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Go next

Ramsgate is ideally situated for many nearby places of interest.

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