Perhaps being so close to Europe helps infuse Ramsgate with a cosmopolitan vibe. A bustling harbour borders a yacht-packed marina. Awash with history and overflowing with continental charm, it’s a must-see historic port.
South-facing Ramsgate is proud of its status as England's only Royal Harbour. It also boasts its very own Meridian Line. Five minutes and 41 seconds ahead of GMT, you'll find it in the Maritime Museum, along with artefacts evoking the town's rich heritage of fishing, shipbuilding and shipwrecks. For something a bit different head to The Micro Museum, to find out about the history and ideas that led to the invention of the home computer. Look out the Ramsgate Tunnels and Defence of the Nation Education Centre
Ramsgate's compelling past includes landings by Anglo-Saxons, Romans and Saints - it is also part of the historic Confederation of Cinque Ports. Fine architecture peppers the town - elegant Georgian terraces and impressive Regency villas. Visit The Grange, the first so-called 'modern' house, built by architect Augustus Pugin, who designed the interiors of the House of Parliament. His and his sons' works still dot the town - track them down on a self-guided tour. Don't miss St Augustine’s Church, next to The Grange; the 'ideal church' that Pugin built and designed.
In Ramsgate, the water is irresistible. Hop on a boat trip to spot seals on the Goodwin Sands or discover gorgeous beaches and bays. Bask in the warmth of the exquisitely restored, Georgian Italianate Glasshouse.
Superb walking trails lead from the bustling port to the exhilarating cliffs; walk the coast path to Broadstairs, or head south on the epic Saxon Shore Way to bird and wildlife-rich Pegwell Bay Country Park. What better way to discover the town then via one of the three walking routes - Active Ramsgate. Discover more with our Active Ramsgate itinerary
Sitting at one of the waterfront bars or restaurants is a delight with a cosmopolitan feel
Each August Bank Holiday, the Ramsgate Festival multi-arts festival serves up a feast of workshops, exhibitions, film, theatre and dance. While in July, Thanet at War brings the 1940s vividly to life.
Take a virtual tour of Ramsgate Royal Harbour
Whilst taking a 360° virtual tour from the air click on one of the ‘hot spot crosses’ to be taken to ground level. Click on the image below to view