Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England. During the 19th century, it became one of the most important cities of the English coast. Today it has a population of about 40,000 inhabitants and remains one of the main attractions of the coast of England. Historically, it was a fishing town, and today that industry continues to thrive, along with tourism. Ferries leave the harbour every week for a number of destinations. There's also a very pleasant beach, as well as some great restaurants and bars.
Just a few kilometers from Birchington on Sea and Wesgate, Minnis Bay is a nice little seaside village on the North Sea coast, in the county of Kent. Easily accessible by bus (line 34 is direct and very fast from The Square, Birchington), the village has a great and little-known beach with all the traditional amenities and charming wooden beach huts. A great place to visit.
As in most seaside towns on the coast of Kent, Minnis Bay has a very pretty walk that runs along the sea, overlooking the beach. You can wander freely here, without needing to worry about cars, and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach and the bay. We love the little wooden beach huts and white cliffs that stand out against the turquoise sky.
Finding good bread in England can be a challenge, especially in some small provincial towns. But here in Crusties we found one of the best bakeries in the city, with fresh-baked bread of different types, from sandwich bread to baguettes similar to the French type. Prices are reasonable and the service is friendly.
With a strategic location on the hill of Ramsgate, close to the beautiful Royal Parade and just a few meters from the sea, the Abbey of St Augustine is one of the main sights to see. It is a very well-preserved building, built in 1861 for a brotherhood that had been created five years earlier. It still houses the monks and other clergymen, and is sure to surprise the visitor with its excellent condition and traditional architecture.
Like most seaside towns in England and elsewhere, Ramsgate has a chapel for sailors, dedicated to prayers for protection of boats and their crews. It is located on the royal port, below the Royal Parade, and can be reached by a series of red brick stairs. The church is charming, with maritime decor, and has a beautiful view across the harbor.
Strategically located just a few meters from the long sandy beach and not far from the port of the city of Ramsgate, this is one of the most popular attractions for people who are feeling lucky! It is a kind of casino (but much less sophisticated) or funfair, with games and various machines, for example the type where you have to try to grab stuffed toys. A nice place for some family fun.
Located along the harbor of the seaside town of Ramsgate, the royal parade is a large, pleasant walk that we particularly like. It's sheer pleasure to take a walk in the wind, hear the cries of the seagulls, and enjoy the beautiful view over the cliffs across Ramsgate Bay.
Facing the remarkable Abbey of St. Augustine, the eponymous church is also one of the main monuments worth seeing in the city of Ramsgate. We love the typical local stone, and its relatively simple but still beautiful interior. The gothic vaults are particularly beautiful, as well as the windows.
The parade is one of our favorite streets in Ramsgate. It starts in the royal harbor and leads to the main beaches of the seaside town, running along the harbor. The views are beautiful, with the museum in the background.
Strategically located at the intersection of Port Royal and the main beaches of Ramsgate, with beautiful boats around, Ramsgate Maritime Museum is one of the main attractions in the city. It is one of the few cultural buildings in the seaside town, with some interesting collections.
Strategically located on the Royal Parade that connects the port with Ramsgate's main beaches, Pelosi's is a tempting shop! We had excellent ice cream (2.50 for two flavors, with generous portions), homemade on the site, and served with a smile by a very nice waitress. Who would ask for more?
Located north of the port in the seaside town of Ramsgate, the beach is one of the most popular attractions in the area. It is a long, sandy beach from which you have a stunning view over the harbor and across the North Sea bay. It is lined with a few shops, casinos and entertainment venues.