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Ramsgate, Kent – 18 Things To Do Guide + Photos 2024

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Ramsgate in Kent is a charming coastal town and English seaside resort, recently named as one of the ‘coolest places in Kent’ by The Times newspaper. Just over an hour from London by train (from Kings Cross St Pancras), there are plenty of seaside things to do in Ramsgate.

Boasting the spectacular Royal Harbour and Marina, incredible hilltop views and walks, Ramsgate is perfect for a spot of rest and recreation or family day out in Kent.

Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London

Ramsgate also has dozens of pubs overlooking the water primed for a perfect sunset pint accompanied with the freshest fish and chips.

From marinas and museums to beachside pints on piers, here is our 2024 guide to the best things to do in Ramsgate, Kent.


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Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent

1. Pegwell / Ramsgate Village

If you’re getting the train to Ramsgate for a day trip or brief overnight stay, we’d recommend you start your trip via Pegwell Village. This is around a 20 minute walk from Ramsgate station and means you can arrive into the main town via some stunning coastal walks and scenery rather than a mundane high street.

pegwell Kent

Pegwell Bay is home to two of the best clifftop pubs we’ve encountered in England for quite some time.

We started our weekend in Ramsgate by taking in lunch at the Sir Stanley Gray tavern in Pegwell Village, with a prime spot on the balcony.

We indulged in fish and chips (some of the most delicious we’ve ever had) plus a huge pot of mussels, the likes of which we’ve never seen before outside of New Zealand. And as for the sea views….!

Sir Stanley Gray tavern in Pegwell Village, Kent
Sir Stanley Gray tavern

Next door to the Sir Stanley Gray pub is the Belle Vue Tavern, which has a beer garden directly overlooking the bay on top of a cliff with panoramic views of the coast. If only all coastal resorts had pubs with views as good as this!

Belle Vue Tavern Kent
Belle Vue Tavern

Incidentally, nearby to Pegwell Bay, you can visit the Ramsgate Viking Ship ‘Hugin’, a huge replica of a viking ship where you can practice Norse code (probably).

Addresses
Sir Stanley Gray, Thorley Taverns, 81 Pegwell Road, Village, CT11 0NJ
The Belle Vue Tavern, Pegwell Road, CT11 0NJ


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2. Fish and Chips

Fish and chips always taste better by the beach – fact (as long as you don’t let the seagulls get to them first). Peter’s Fish Factory is a Kent institution with branches in both Ramsgate and Margate.

Peter’s Fish Factory is easy to find due to their bright green branding and a very long queue coming out of the doors (always a good sign).

Peter’s Fish and Chips - Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London

Depending on your taste, try to add salt and vinegar to your fish and chips plus we’d recommend you try ‘mushy peas’ as a side (just keep them separate if you don’t like them) – and remember to watch out for those pesky chip pinching seagulls.

A culinary rite of passage, to enjoy fresh battered fish and chips on the beach has to be one of the best things to do in Ramsgate (and tastiest!).

Address: Peter’s Fish Factory, 96 Harbour Parade, CT11 8LP


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3. Ramsgate Beaches – Main Sands and Western Undercliff Beach

Whilst most of Ramsgate seafront is taken up by the marina and industrial port, there are two small beaches ideal for swimming or sunbathing.

The easiest to access are Ramsgate Main Sands to the left of the harbour arm and Royal Victoria Pavilion Wetherspoons pub. There are several beachside attractions at Ramsgate Main Sands like children’s amusements and plenty of room to lay towels.

Ramsgate Main Sands are sandy too so it is a good place for children to build sandcastles or play in the sand.

Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London
Ramsgate Main Sands

The other Ramsgate beach – Western Undercliff Beach is located towards Pegwell and requires about a 10 minute walk out of town, so unless you have a car, it is best to stick to Ramsgate Main Sands. Western Undercliff is mainly pebbles and stones with a chalk reef – rock on!


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4. Ramsgate East Pier

A fine example of an English seaside pier, Ramsgate East Pier is Grade II listed.

We walked the Ramsgate East Pier early one evening all the way to the end at dusk as the light was nice and we wanted to see all the fishing trawlers arrive back after a day’s fishing.

There were also lots of local sea anglers casting their rods into the sea here (although they didn’t seem to be catching much on our visit).

Address: East Pier, CT11 8LS


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5. Royal Harbour Brasserie

Located at the end of the Ramsgate East Pier, Royal Harbour Brasserie is a pub and restaurant with a HUGE outdoor terrace that has stunning views of the harbour.

Although it doesn’t look like it when you first approach, The Royal Harbour Brasserie is one of the best appointed bars on the bay in Ramsgate. It is also quite quirky inside too.

Ramsgate East Pier and Royal Harbour Brasserie

The views of the harbour and incoming fishing vessels are amazing here and we got to see an incredible sunset over the Ramsgate harbour and lighthouse.

We were going to stay for only one drink but ended up staying for three hours as the setting was so serene. The Royal Harbour Brasserie specialise in seafood and we overheard the couple next to us saying how good the oysters and prawns were.

Address: Royal Harbour Brasserie, Harbour Parade, E Pier, CT11 8LS

Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London
Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London
Things to do in Ramsgate, Kent - a perfect day trip from London

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6. Ramsgate Harbour and Yacht Marina

The best free thing to do in Ramsgate is to simply stroll around the harbour and marina at any time of day, looking at all the yachts and vessels (and possibly wondering how much some of them cost!).

The Ramsgate harbour is also the departure location for most of the day trips and sea fishing excursions. There are a lot of nice bars and restaurants, plus museums and artist studios in the arches along the marina.

Ramsgate Harbour and Yacht Marina

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7. The Ramsgate Sailor’s Church

Built in the 1870s and now a Grade II listed building, The Sailor’s Church is a former sailors’ home and historic place of sanctuary for sailing crews.

Nowadays, inside this small redbrick church you’ll see lots of historic pictures plus miniature model boats and ships. Located near to Jacob’s Ladder in Ramsgate Harbour, The Sailor’s Church is a free thing to do in Ramsgate.

Address: The Sailor’s Church, Military Road, CT11 9LG

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8. Walk to Broadstairs via The Viking Trail

On our last visit, we spent two days / one night in Ramsgate so on our second day, we walked along the coast to Broadstairs and then continued to Margate to get the train home.

Broadstairs

As the walk to Margate is quite long, we recommend doing the shorter 45 minute walk along the coast just to Broadstairs (which can be done entirely along the sandy beach at low tides). You can then either get the train home from Broadstairs or walk back to Ramsgate.

Read more about the Viking Trail and our Ramsgate to Margate coastal walk here >

The walk to Broadstairs

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9. Ramsgate Town Centre

Ramsgate town itself is nothing special – it is the usual mix of chain shops, independent stores and boarded up shops with the occasional local pub for local people.

Indeed, Ramsgate is currently part of the Historic England Heritage Action Zone scheme to hopefully bring new life into the town centre and help transform the more run down elements.

Ramsgate Town Centre

As of 2024, the local Thanet Council has big plans to transform the town centre with many existing older shops due to be demolished to make way for newer, smaller shops and new apartments.

Some of the big brand stores in Ramsgate in 2024 still in town include Waitrose, Peacocks, Boots, Aldi and Poundland.


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10. Ramsgate Royal Parade

Ramsgate has lots of clifftop and hillside walks that provide nice views of the harbour and the Royal Parade is no exception.

There are several bars and restaurants lining the parade here (from French to Italian via Thai food) and all have outdoor dining and alfresco views overlooking the port.

Ramsgate Royal Parade

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11. Ramsgate Wetherspoon’s Royal Victoria Pavilion

The Ramsgate Wetherspoons / Royal Victoria Pavilion has the biggest Wetherspoons beer garden in the UK and it directly overlooks the beach and harbour.

We popped by Wetherspoons one morning for a full English breakfast on the terrace after an early morning walk around the harbour – the prices are very cheap and the views are unbeatable.

Ramsgate Wetherspoon’s Royal Victoria Pavilion
Ramsgate Wetherspoons / Royal Victoria Pavilion

If you aren’t from the UK, we’d best describe Wetherspoons as a traditional pub chain that has hundreds of bars around the UK

The Ramsgate Wetherspoons is definitely one of the better Wetherspoon branches, where pints of lager and ale start from around the £2 a pint range and the beer garden is right on the beach.

Address: Royal Victoria Pavilion – JD Wetherspoon, Harbour Parade, CT11 8LS

Ramsgate Wetherspoon’s Royal Victoria Pavilion

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12. Ramsgate Micro Museum

Love classic computer games and retro arcade machines? Then the Micro Museum in Ramsgate might be for you.

It is home to a personal collection of digital items containing hundreds of old computers and consoles (think Dreamcast, Spectrum, BBC etc), calculators and video games, most of which are from the 1970s and 80s – you even get to play vintage video games.

The Ramsgate Micro Museum is open most weekends Easter to Autumn 1pm to 4pm and costs £5 per adult or child (£15 for a group of 4), as at June 2024 – cash payments only.

Address: The Micro Museum, 11 Church Hill, CT11 8RA


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13. Corby’s Tea Rooms (closed down)

2024 update – Corby’s Tea Room has now sadly closed down after the owner passed away

Time for some afternoon tea in Ramsgate courtesy of  Corby’s Tea Rooms, one of the area’s best loved cafes.

A throwback to the more refined times, Corby’s Tea Rooms is an unashamedly old fashioned vintage tearoom just a stone’s throw from the main Ramsgate harbour.

Corby’s Tea Rooms Ramsgate

They specialise in high and afternoon tea and have all manner of hot snacks like jacket potatoes and quiche – if you are passing by, also check out their knitted afternoon tea in the window.

Address: Corby’s Tea Rooms, 18-20 York Street, CT11 9DS


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14. The Ramsgate Tunnels

Happy Birthday to the Ramsgate Tunnels as it celebrates its 10th anniversary as Ramsgate visitor attraction in 2024!

A little walk along the coastal foreshore brings you to historic Ramsgate tunnels, a huge and cavernous subterranean world of underground tunnels that were built to hide people during the blitz in world war II.

Ramsgate Tunnels

A marvel of engineering, the only way to visit these tunnels is via a guided tour. There are also a series of wartime reconstructions including an abandoned train station and an underground bunker.

Ramsgate Tunnels cost £9 to enter in 2024 or try their entry and fish and chip combo for £15.

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Address: Ramsgate Tunnels, Marina Esplanade, CT11 8FH


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15. Ramsgate Maritime Museum – temporarily closed

Please note that as of 2024, the Maritime Museum is temporarily closed.

Address: Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Royal Harbour Approach, CT11 8LS


16. King George VI Memorial Park

A peaceful park in Ramsgate with views of the ocean and cute cafe, the King George VI Memorial Garden is a nice place to escape and soak up some sea views with brews.

A good resting spot before tackling the Ramsgate to Margate coastal walk and Viking Trail, King George VI Memorial Park used to be the home of local businessman Sir Moses Montefiore and his East Cliff Lodge before it was torn down in the 1950s – several of the estate buildings still survive including the former stables.


17. See Ramsgate by sea (and its seals)

There are several boat trips and tours you can do from Ramsgate harbour including the Sandwich River Runner exploring the River Stour and Pegwell Nature Reserve or trips out to sea to see the Ramsgate seals. Trips start from £25 per person as of June 2024.

Alternatively, Sea Searcher Boat Trips do a £25 90 minute Seal and Wildlife tour, as well as Ramsgate harbour tours, Offshore windfarm tours and fishing trips – find out more here >


18. Other Kent Beaches and things to do near Ramsgate

Folkestone in Kent

The coastal town of Folkestone is one of Kent’s most popular towns for day trippers and overseas tourists. In fact, so many people visit here from the capital that they are known as ‘DFLs’ – ‘Down from London’.

Folkestone is a historic port with incredible beach views, seaside walks and an alfresco art scene. Throw into the mix an array of beachside bars and harbour front hang-outs and you know you are in for a fine day out in Folkestone.

From cobbled streets and ‘Sunny’ sands to fresh fish and chips, here is our guide on the best things to do in Folkestone, Kent >

Whitstable in Kent

One of the best English seaside escapes and just 35 minutes away from Ramsgate by train, there are so many wonderful things to do in Whitstable.

A fishing town primarily known for its delicious oystersboutique shops and colourful beach huts, Whitstable has stunning sea views, incredible seafood and is genuinely one of the prettiest coastal towns in England we’ve visited.

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Broadstairs in Kent

A short train ride from Ramsgate, Broadstairs is a cute and charming coastal town with incredible hilltop views overlooking Viking Bay.

Always popular, Broadstairs is a quintessentially British beachside spot with several bars and restaurants overlooking the bay, a busy harbour arm and loads of traditional favourites like fish and chip kiosks and ice cream stalls. It is kind of like Margate but smaller and with a much more serene setting.

Whilst in Broadstairs, you can visit the Charles Dickens Museum which showcases Dickens links to the Broadstairs region, housed in the cottage that was said to be the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood’s house in his famous David Copperfield novel.

Margate in Kent

One of Britain’s best beachside resorts and 10 minutes away from Ramsgate by train, Margate is a joyous mix of amusements, arts and an awesome sandy beach.

Located in Kent, Margate has become increasingly popular in recent years with both day trippers and people relocating to the area to escape the city ‘rat-race’.

There are so many things to do in Margate – from modern art at Turner Contemporary Gallery to the Bansky mural at Dreamland or cheap as fish and chips on the beach, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets in Margate.

Read our guide to the best things to do in Margate >

Hotels in Ramsgate

We stayed for one night at the Travelodge Ramsgate Seafront Hotel – a cheap and cheerful budget chain hotel located in the marina. We love it’s central location and affordable prices, but the rooms are very basic.

We’ve stayed at this hotel twice in the past few years – our first stay had a view of the harbour, whilst our second stay had a view of the high street – so it’s pot luck whether you get a nice view or not!

Travelodge Ramsgate Seafront Hotel

Other highly rated accommodation options:

Albion House Ramsgate Hotel
Stylish hotel just a 5-minute walk from the beach with a restaurant and bar. Check out prices and availability for The Albion House hotel

Royal Harbour Hotel
Hotel comprising of three Georgian town houses dating back to 1799, located in Ramsgate’s historic garden crescent with harbour and sea views. Check out prices and availability for The Royal Harbour Hotel

Pegwell Bay Hotel
Comfortable hotel located in Pegwell with refurbished rooms and panoramic views of the ocean. Check out prices and availability for Pegwell Bay Hotel

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    Amelia
    July 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Really great article, thank you so much for all the terrific suggestions!

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