The original town of Ramsgate was at St Laurence.  Today it nestles between two chalk cliffs  with a fine array of Regency buildings and one of the largest marinas on the south coast. A lifeboat station was established at Ramsgate as early as 1802. The 19th Century Clock House has maintained strong maritime connections for nearly 200 years. The town has the only “Royal” harbour in the UK, a title bestowed by King George IV in 1821. 

Ramsgate is a coastal town in Kent, England, with a rich history dating back to the 5th century. It is one of the Cinque Ports, a confederation of five ports on the south coast of England, which were granted special privileges by the Crown in return for providing naval and military service.


Ramsgate’s harbour is a defining characteristic of the town. It was built in the 18th century as a Harbour of Refuge, following a violent storm in 1748. The harbour played an important role during the Napoleonic Wars, as a departure point for British troops and supplies. In 1821, King George IV set off from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron en route to Hanover. He was so impressed by the hospitality he received at the Kent port that he decreed it be declared a ‘Royal Harbour’ – a status that’s unique in mainland Britain.

Ramsgate became a popular seaside resort town in the 19th century. The town’s long sandy beach, Royal Harbour, and elegant Regency architecture attracted visitors from all over England.

Ramsgate Harbour (c) Brian Whitehead

Ramsgate was also a popular destination for writers, artists, and musicians. Vincent van Gogh spent several summers in Ramsgate in the late 1870s, and painted some of his most famous works there, including “Ramsgate Sands”.
Ramsgate played an important role in World War II. The town was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe, and the Ramsgate Tunnels were used as a shelter for over 60,000 people. The tunnels are now open to the public, and offer a unique glimpse into Ramsgate’s wartime past.
Today, Ramsgate is a thriving seaside town with a variety of attractions to offer visitors.

Some of the most popular attractions include:
* Ramsgate Harbour is a popular destination for boat trips, fishing, and walking.
* Ramsgate Tunnels is offer a fascinating glimpse into Ramsgate’s wartime past.
* Ramsgate Sands: The long sandy beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles.
* Ramsgate Town Centre: The town centre has a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars.
* Ramsgate East Cliff Promenade: The promenade offers stunning views of the Royal Harbour and the English Channel.
* Ramsgate Maritime Museum: The museum tells the story of Ramsgate’s maritime history.
* Ramsgate Tunnels Museum: The museum tells the story of the Ramsgate Tunnels and their role in World War II.
Ramsgate is a great place to visit for a day trip or a longer vacation. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from history buffs to beach lovers to families.


Ramsgate Town Council:

T:  01843 598751