Ramsgate Maritime Museum
* Currently closed due to National Lockdown. Please check before visiting *
Situated in the Clock House on the quayside at Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate Maritime Museum focuses strongly on Ramsgate and its immediate environs, with a brief introduction to the rest of the region's maritime past.
Set in the heart of the country's only Royal Harbour, the Museum building is an exhibit in its own right, being the product of some of the most eminent civil engineers and architects of the early 19th century.
The Clock House is also the site of the unique Ramsgate Meridian - from which our own particular Mean Time - 5 mins 41 secs ahead of Greenwich- was calculated!
There are four galleries of exhibits telling the maritime history of the area with permanent displays on the development of the Harbour, Navigation, Fishing, Lifeboats and Shipwrecks.
A fifth area, the Gallery Room, is now an exhibition space which is host to ever-changing displays and events, including visiting local artists at work.
The nearby Goodwin Sands have yielded an important collection of artefacts from the Great Storm Wrecks, principally from the wreck of the Stirling Castle (a 70-gun, 3rd rate, Man-of-War). Weapons, utensils and ship's gear provide a chilling insight into life and death aboard a British Warship in 1703.
Located outside the museum is the 'Cervia' - the last remaining ocean-going steam tug which has been associated with Ramsgate since the late 1940s.
Only the ground floor is accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users. There are 2 floors with 12 steps but no ramp alternative. Rest seats are available in the ground floor gallery.
The nearest Blue Badge parking is in East Pier Yard Car Park less than 50m from the Museum, and accessible toilets are equally close, at East Pier Yard (CT11 8LP).
*Please ring before visiting to check opening times*
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
The Clock House