Here at the very edge of the Garden of England, three Georgian and Victorian resorts, each with its own distinctive character – Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate – cluster around the bays at the far end of the peninsula. There’s a retro feel to these harbour towns, miles of low chalk cliffs edge the peninsula, sheltering a string of secluded, unspoilt sandy bays. For the ultimate experience, you can cycle or hike on the Viking Coastal Trail, along a stunning shoreline and through tranquil lanes.
Perhaps being so close to Europe helps infuse Ramsgate with a cosmopolitan vibe. A bustling Royal harbour borders a yacht-packed marina, awash with history and overflowing with continental charm, it’s a must-see historic port.
South-facing Ramsgate is proud of its status as England's only Royal Harbour and boasts its own Meridian Line. Five minutes and 41 seconds ahead of GMT, you'll find it in the Maritime Museum, along with artefacts evoking the town's rich heritage of fishing, shipbuilding and shipwrecks. For something a bit different head to The Micro Museum, to find out about the history and ideas that led to the invention of the home computer. Take a tour underground at Ramsgate Tunnels a unique civilian wartime tunnel complex.
Ramsgate's compelling past includes landings by Anglo-Saxons, Romans and Saints - it is also part of the historic Confederation of Cinque Ports. Fine architecture peppers the town - elegant Georgian terraces and impressive Regency villas. Visit The Grange, the first so-called 'modern' house, built by architect Augustus Pugin, who designed the interiors of the House of Parliament. His and his sons' works dot the town - track them down on a self-guided tour.
Don't miss the Pugin and St Augustine Visitor Centre and Shrine, celebrating the first Archbishop of Canterbury - St Augustine who landed at Ebbsfleet in 597AD bringing Christianity back to England.
In Ramsgate, the water is irresistible. Hop on a boat trip to spot seals basking on the Goodwin Sands or discover gorgeous beaches and bays. Bask yourself in the warmth of the exquisitely restored, Georgian Italianate Glasshouse, situated in King George VI Park.
Superb walking trails lead from the bustling port to the exhilarating cliffs; walk the coastal path to Broadstairs, or head south on the epic Saxon Shore Way to bird and wildlife-rich Pegwell Bay Country Park. What better way to discover the town and surrounding area than on an Active Ramsgate, walking route.
Alternatively enjoy sitting at one of the waterfront bars or restaurants is a delight with a cosmopolitan feel.
The events calendar is bursting with annual and new events – Bucket and Spade Run, Battles for Victory, Ramsgate Week, Addington Street Fair, Christmas Illuminations and many more all waiting to entertain you
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