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'Viking Ship' Hugin

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

The Viking Ship 'Hugin' on permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate is a replica of a Viking ship. It sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the betrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.

The ‘Hugin’ (pronounced ‘HOO-gin’) was met by a large and excitable crowd at Viking Bay (formerly Main Bay), Broadstairs in 1949​

The 'Hugin' was offered as a gift to Ramsgate and Broadstairs by the Daily Mail in order to be preserved for centuries.

In 2005, the Hugin was restored by Thanet District Council (assisted by European funding) and returned to its current site. It is now covered and protected from the weather over the winter months.

Discover more about the Viking's Ship and Pegwell Bay on a digital discovery 

Picnic site and cafe close by. External viewing only 


Sandwich Road


CT12 5JB

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