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14 of the best things to do in Ramsgate

Visit the seaside town in Kent for coastal views, subterranean history and side-street bric-à-brac: these are the best things to do in Ramsgate

Written by
Ellie Walker-Arnott
,
Karl Smith
&
Joe Minihane
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With its picturesque white cliffs, old school amusements and bucket and spade shops, Ramsgate in the quintessential British seaside town. It lacks the achingly hip side of nearby Margate, but that's no bad thing. If it's a day on the beach, a few pints in the sun and the chance to pick up a few curiosities, then look no further. These are the best things to do in Ramsgate right now.

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Best things to do in Ramsgate

First up
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First up

Ramsgate boasts a complex network of tunnels and caves. You can take a tour of the UK’s largest civilian wartime tunnels, which once brought Victorian train passengers all the way to the beach. However, it’s the less official row of smugglers’ caves built into the cliffs of Pegwell Bay that really gets the imagination going.

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Stop for lunch

Stop for lunch

Ramsgate has great fish and chip shops in (buckets and) spades. But for something different head to Flavours by Kumar, where Head chef Anil Kumar is an alumnus of London’s prestigious Cinnamon Club. Tucked away on a backstreet near Waitrose, its unassuming surroundings belie one of the best curryhouses in this corner of England.

Soak up the vibes

Soak up the vibes

Head off along the winding and easily accessible coastal path to take in everything from the quaint boats of Ramsgate Port to Broadstairs’ buzzing Viking Bay. It's a 40-minute walk that's well worth your time and the reward of a pint of Whitstable Bay ale at the end. Alternatively, saddle up and try the all-new Pier to Pier cycle route from Ramsgate to Deal.

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Drink like a local

Drink like a local

Ramsgate has a plethora of salt-of-the-earth-type pubs but you don’t want to miss the Royal Victoria Pavilion. Not only is it the world’s biggest Wetherspoons – enough of a draw just for curiosity’s sake – but the 11,000-square-foot Edwardian beauty has the bonus of being right on the beach. For something more independent, The Ravensgate Arms serves up excellent local beers in a friendly, cool setting.

If you only do one thing
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If you only do one thing

Staying in Ramsgate until the sun goes down is well worth it–and not just to witness the pubs getting rowdier into the evening. There’s very little light pollution, so Ramsgate is well-positioned for a spot of stargazing. Lie down on the beach and keep your eyes trained on the sky for the kind of astral clarity you just don’t get in the Big Smoke.

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The Albion Rooms used its enforced closure in 2020 to have something of a makeover, improving on what was already one of south east England's finest boutique hotels. The hotel dates back to 1792, many of the original fixtures and fitting remain or have been lovingly restored. The result is a space that feels at once welcoming and historic, with rooms that have a modern aesthetic without compromising on the building's past. There are 14 rooms, 12 with sea views. 

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