I had been promising myself a visit to the Maritime Museum in Ramsgate for a while and finally got to do it during the Steam Fair in August 2012. Various reasons lie behind this. The Museum has had a somewhat difficult past and has been opened and closed several times due to financial problems. It currently comes under the auspices of the nearby...more
I have mentioned in other tips for various places along the Kent coast the huge part it played in the Second World War. For much of that conflict it was effectively the UK's first line of defence against the Nazi German regime who occupied a large proprtion of Europe. It was also the scene of much of the Battle of Britain activity. However, it was...more
The East Coast of Kent has a long history of all things military, specifically the Second World War when it was central to the evacuation of Dunkirk with many of the little ships coming from here or returning with their cargo of exhausted servicemen to the harbours along this stretch. The Battle of Britain raged above the skies here and many...more
This is rather a specific tip as it is for an event that only happens once a year, although if you are in Ramsgate at the appropriate time, it really is worth seeing. On the Sunday and Monday of the late August Bank Holiday weekend (actual dates vary but it is the last weekend in August) there is a steam fair centred around the Royal Harbour and...more
Ramsgate has a history largely built on seafaring and indeed the sea provides a living for many in the town to this day between the ferry port and the running of the nearby wid farm at sea. The harbour is a focal point for the community and is certainly worth visiting in it's own right although if you are there I would suggest a visit to a specific...more
Considering the old adage "the sea is a cruel Mistress" and the undoubted perils of a life at sea, it is hardly surprising that at least some sailors hold strong religious or superstitious beliefs, albeit that some, historically, were more interested in the delights of portside taverns and the associated ladies, it is not surprising that there is a...more
This tip and the associated travelogue is being written in 2012 and the "attraction" it concerns will, by it's very nature, be gone in perhaps a couple of years but I think it is still worth mentioning.If you think of the hoardings round building sites you will probably think of a pretty unsightly but necessary safety measure. I realise that some...more
The Maritime Museum is situated right on the edge of the Royal Harbour.It contains stuff to do with the local maritime history and also things found on the many wrecks in the seas around the Kent coast.Admission charges £1.50 per adult, £0.75 for kids under 16. A family ticket for up to 2 adults and 4 kids is £4.00more
Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, CT119JF, GB
Good for: Families
81 Pegwell Road, Ramsgate, CT11 0NJ, uk
Good for: Solo
Tothill Street, Ramsgate, CT12 4AU, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
I have written many tips about fish and chip shops in the UK, specifically on the coast and they really are an integral part of any visit to the coast. The region of Thanet in Kent (Margate, Broadstairs and here in Ramsgate are extremely well-served for such places. Sadly, much of the local fishing activity is long gone, victim of EU regulations...more
Take one part funky music bar, one part European restaurant, one part theatre and one part beer cellar and shake.I was so glad I peeked into the Belgian Cafe and studied the menu, because from the outside it looks like any other English bar with tables and chairs outside.The menu was so enticing I stayed even though I was alone (aw), I was not...more
This is another one of those places that is very difficult to categorise within VT. It is a cafe, restaurant, bakery, music venue, internet cafe, bar and probably three or four other things I have forgotten. It really is a gem. I have decided to review it under restaurant as that was the reason for my visit. My dining companion assured me the...more
Not just Thai but Laos and Cambodian cuisine on offer here as well.Friendly restaurant and a bewildering choice on the menu, took us a while to make up our minds and finally we both went vegetarian (unusual for me) and extremely tasty food for us.Price reasonable, food good and very friendly - has to be worth a visit - enjoyedmore
I write this as a nightlife tip, although in the interests of fair reporting, I have not been here at night. I don't normally spend a lot of time in Ramsgate at night, preferring nearby Broadstairs where I have many friends. I did, however, wander into the Royal on an August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon when they had live music on, and very decent live music at that.
I know this place tends to attract a younger crowd normally, especially at the weekends, although the crowd here was more mature and undoubtedly less boisterous. A fairly accomplished band knocked out a mixture of rock and 80's pop well presented and even had the grace to accept a request for a song. I had never seen them before but I would certainly go to watch them again.
The venue is one of the Thorley chain so ubiquitous in East Kent and is a modernly decorated, fairly minimalist sort of place. Service was quick and friendly and I passed a very pleasant while there having a couple of pints and listening to some well-rehearsed tunes.
Admission was free and the place appears to be wheelchair friendly for mobility impaired visitors.
Dress Code: When I visited, none apparent, although I believe it is smart casual at night. Avoid training shoes.
One thing that used to slightly put me off going to Thanet from London was the amount of time it took to get there. After a half hour Tube journey to Victoria, it would have taken over two hours to get to Ramsgate. However, there is now another option, the opening of the new High Speed Train (HST) to Ramsgate has now considerably shortened the...more
OK, so I "borrowed" the title for the tip from the company's own advertising but it really is appropriate for the shuttle bus service that operates around Thanet. It operates between Margate, Ramsgate Westwood Cross shopping centre and Broadstairs and with a weekday requency of about 10 minutes or less it is very reliable. It is not expensive and I...more
TransEuropa Ferries operate the Ramsgate to Ostend route. Very useful for us the day all Eurostar rail crossings were halted by a fire (Sept 2008).Note foot passengers are not accepted, you need some sort of transport.Journey time is around 5 hours abord comfortable ships, not the newest fleet on the seas, no problems for us though. Impressed by...more