One of the British seaside towns of the 19th century, Ramsgate has seen highs and lows throughout its history. Today the town has a wonderful mix of architectural finery, maritime heritage and cosmopolitan zest.
The town is becoming recognised for its abundance of good Regency, Georgian and Victorian properties set around a variety of their own squares. Esteemed architect Augustus Pugin, designed and lived in Grade 1 listed The Grange, where he drew up his designs for the interior of the Houses of Parliament.
Ramsgate’s town centre, set in a delightful pedestrian precinct and caters for the most discerning shoppers - the range is staggering, from antiques, fashion and kitchenware to fresh local produce – all rubbing shoulders with galleries, pavement cafes and micro pubs.
Just outside the town centre is the Petticoat Lane Emporium – and indoor extravaganza of vintage, retro, craft, art and antique merchandise with on-site vintage tearooms.
The harbour was given its status of ‘Royal Harbour’ by King George IV as a gift for the hospitality he received when visiting Ramsgate in 1820. It is now one of the finest Marinas in the south east, awarded 4 Gold Anchors in 2012, and base to the renowned Ramsgate Week, the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s annual regatta, widely recognised as the friendly regatta and the alternative to Cowes.
Ramsgate’s Blue Flag Main Sands is a popular sandy beach surrounded by high chalk cliffs and adjacent to the picturesque Royal Harbour and marina, with plenty of options for ice cream and fish and chips. The beach is perfect for families, with rides for children and clean, safe bathing water.
Fringing the beach, which offers all the traditional family attractions, you will find pavement cafés and bars. The waterfront and town is home to a number of nationally renowned restaurants - many specialising in local produce, fish and seafood.
From the marina you can take boat trips to for sightseeing trips, seal and wildlife watching tours with Sea Searcher Boat Trips
Other events in Ramsgate include the Ramsgate Festival, over the summer bank holiday weekend - a 3-day celebration with music, street theatre, dance, art, workshops and talks, and the annual Great Bucket and Spade Run, historic classic car run in June each year.