Ramsgate is situated at the very edge of Kent, The Garden of England, but is easily accessible from London via good road links and a high speed train service – 80 minutes from London St. Pancras to Ramsgate.
The story of Ramsgate goes back to Roman and Anglo-Saxon times and two famous landings nearby, that of Hengist and Horsa and then later, in 597, St. Augustine from Rome, who re-introduced Christianity to this part of Britain.
Ramsgate has the only ‘Royal Harbour’ in the country, so named at the request of George IV in recognition of the hospitality the town had bestowed upon him.
The coming of the first railway in 1846 brought ever increasing numbers of visitors to the town and countless renowned people have stayed here, including George du Maurier, James Tissot, Augustus Pugin, Vincent Van Gogh, Wilkie Collins and Jane Austen.
Ramgate played a heroic part in 1940 in sending some of the ‘little ships’ as they were called, out to Dunkirk, and subsequently receiving in the harbour approximately 80,000 soldiers safely brought back from France.
These days Ramsgate is increasingly popular as a great base for an active break.
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