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Escape to Ramsgate

Ramsgate, a favourite seaside destination of Princess Victoria, is an architectural jewel in the coastal crown of the Isle of Thanet.

The importance of the town’s long maritime history as a port, and its fine hospitality, were recognised by King George IV when he awarded the harbour Royal status – a unique accolade in mainland Britain, making it the country’s only Royal Harbour. He was particularly impressed by the harbour, the warm welcome and the hospitality he received when he set off from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron for Hanover in 1821.

Today the historic harbour and its thriving modern marina are the perfect setting for a relaxing Mediterranean-style waterfront filled with a wealth of bustling bistros and restaurants.

The resort’s fine weather, superb sands, sea air and stunning views from the chalk cliffs alongside elegant side streets, independent shops, galleries and seaside entertainments add even more flavour to the resort’s popular café culture.

• UK’s only Royal Harbour, celebrating 200 years of Royal status in September 2021

• Elegant Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture – hundreds of listed buildings

• Seaside Award beach, golden sands, famous family-friendly beach and bay, boat trips and clifftop walks

• Modern marina filled with a vibrant mix of luxury yachts, houseboats and working vessels

• Thriving continental café culture along the waterfront, cosmopolitan atmosphere

• Fine eateries serving local produce including seafoods

• Retro and contemporary boutique hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, self-catering

• Ramsgate, a favourite destination for Princess Victoria, is an architectural jewel in the coastal crown of the Isle of Thanet on the north eastern edge of Kent – the Garden of England

• Major attractions alongside hidden gems

• Augustus Pugin’s house, The Grange

St. Augustine & Pugin: Shrine and Visitor Centre

Mico Museum - the history of personal computing and the inventors of the digital age.

Ramsgate Tunnels - deep shelter tunnel complex built to protect civilians during WWII

Italianate Glasshouse - Grade II curved glasshouse structure dating from the early 19th century

• Petticoat Lane Emporium with over 200 stalls

Maritime Museum and Steam Tug Cervia

• Ramsgate guided costumed walks

• Growing reputation as a great place to visit for an active break - Active Ramsgate - fun and active ways to discover the town by foot, by bike or on the sea

• Full diary of events and festivals - POW! Thanet (March), Ramsgate Through the Senses? Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival (June), Ramsgate Week (July/August), Ramsgate Festival of Sound, 

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