Full of kiss-me-quick nostalgia and seafaring tales
It had been years since I’d last visited the seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent.
You’d think that as I’m a Kent dweller, I’d be visiting a bit more frequently. But so often is the way that we head further afield and miss those special treats on our doorstep.
With Ramsgate’s location being just a baguettes throw from France, it has some fascinating history, particularly around its nautical past. From the Napoleonic Wars to the Dunkirk evacuations during Operation Dynamo. Then mix that with a hearty helping of ice-cream and fish and chips, and you have a winning combination.
Where is Ramsgate
How to get to Ramsgate
- By Train
You can catch a direct High-Speed train from London St Pancras International station to Ramsgate Station. Which takes around 1 hour 20 minutes, some may take longer so, check the timetable.
- By Car
It's only 20miles/35km from Dover, and 30miles/47km from Folkestone. It's easy to get to from London, 80miles/127kms, but it make some time to get there and back.
The Royal Harbour, RamsgateGranted the honour by King George IV in 1821
We have a new little book on our shelves that we delve into when we're heading to the coast.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different counties of England. It tells tales of the history of the shoreline that surrounds our country.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves the English seaside.
Around Ramsgate's harbourExplore Ramsgate's nautical heart
Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns
Operation Dynamo from RamsgateThe 'little ships' depart for Dunkirk
Escape for a few days
Are you looking for that ‘perfick’ holiday hideaway to relax in while you discover the Garden of England?
After a day exploring the Kent coast and its many historic castles enjoy one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.
Explore Ramsgate's TunnelsDiscover a hidden secret
Strolling along Ramsgate’s award-winning golden sandy beach, you’ll come across Ramsgate Tunnels.
In 1863 a mile-long railway tunnel was built allowing the trains to reach the harbour.
Then as WWII approached this tunnel was extended to a two-and-a-half-mile network of Deep Shelter tunnels. Entrances were dotted around the town, and the air raid shelters provide protection for around 60,000 people.
Stroll around the lanes of RamsgateDiscover Ramsgate's delightful architecture
Discover Ramsgate's style and grandeurArchitecture to be cherished
Where to stay in Ramsgate
If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".
You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.
So many Blue Plaques to discover in RamsgateIn the footsteps of Van Gogh, Darwin and HRH Princess Victoria
I do love how tenuous some of the plaques can be. Charles Darwin stayed in Ramsgate in 1850, also Wilkie Collins, the novelist in the 1870s and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the English poet in 1830s.
Although possibly the most famous of them all is HRH Princess Victoria who resided in Albion Place between September 1835 to January 1836.
Find out more
Only one way to finish a day at RamsgateI'll have cod please!
Map out your route
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