THINGS TO DO
There’s a wealth of things to see and do in Ramsgate. From cycling scenic coastal trails to lazing on gorgeous sandy beaches, from discovering the town’s rich history to soaking up the bustling atmosphere at the seafront, you’ll find there aren’t enough hours in the day.
Thanet is renowned for the quality of its beaches, and Ramsgate has some of the best in the area. Ramsgate Main Sands, situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Harbour, has been awarded a Blue Flag – a tribute to the cleanliness of its water, its safety record and its range of facilities. Hire out a deckchair and dig your toes into the soft sand. Scenic Pegwell Bay is a National Nature Reserve and a great place for spotting birds. Curlews, oystercatchers and sanderlings all call Pegwell Bay home.
Viking Bay, just around the corner in Broadstairs, is, with its donkey rides, sticks of rock, and Punch and Judy shows, a throwback to the classic age of seaside holidays and makes for a fantastic day out.
East Kent is renowned for its numerous golf courses. Within 20 minutes of Ramsgate you will find two famous links courses – Prince’s G.C and Royal St. George’s G.C, host to golf’s prestigious 2011 Open Championship.
Canterbury G.C and North Foreland G.C are also in close proximity, while you may wish to visit the excellent driving range and nine-hole course at the Manston Golf Centre.
You can play tennis free of charge at the three courts on Spencer Sq – once the home of Vincent Van Gogh – or enjoy a workout followed by well-deserved sauna or steam-room session at the Ramsgate Sports Centre.
SENSATIONAL COASTAL WALKS
An excellent way of discovering Ramsgate’s attractions – and those nearby – is to take the Viking Coastal Trail. The 27-mile long trail, divided into six themed routes, takes in some of Thanet’s many places of interest, so put on your walking boots or jump on a bike, and set off for a day of exploring.
Along the way you can see the Viking ship Hugin which commemorates the Viking landings here in AD449. Also, you could visit the Minster Abbey, build in 1027 and reckoned to be the oldest inhabited property in the land.
And the beautiful, bright-white North Foreland Lighthouse is a sight to behold. It was also the last manually operated lighthouse in the country, finally converting to automatic operation in 1998.
On the seafront you will find Ramsgate Marina and the Royal Harbour. The Royal title was bestowed upon the Harbour by King George IV in 1821. Surrounded by stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, the Harbour front is a hive of activity.
Here, discover Ramsgate’s rich nautical history at the fascinating Ramsgate Maritime Museum, or take a trip out to Goodwin Sands or the Stour Estuary and visit the resident seals. And if there is anything else you wish to know about the town you’ll find the Ramsgate Tourism Office here too.
After all this activity, sit back and embrace Ramsgate’s cosmopolitan café culture. Relax in one of the sea-facing cafés or restaurants, watching the boats come and go in the marina and admiring the skies that J.M.W Turner described as the loveliest in all of Europe.
Come and visit our vibrant, charming town. Whether you are looking to discover fascinating places, or simply wish to relax, a Ramsgate holiday will have the answer.