History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The Grange, architect AW Pugin's home
On Military Road, at the base of the stairs known as Jacob's Ladder, is the Sailors Church, founded in 1878 as a harbor mission and home for sailors. Apprentices on the fishing fleet - called 'smack boys', stayed upstairs in the mission church when ashore.
To the west of the harbour the sweep of Pegwell Bay leads you to a country park, an area of salt marshes and reclaimed wetlands. It was near here in 597AD that St Augustine came ashore on his mision to re-establish Christianity in Britain. He met with King Ethelbert off Kent, who agreed to hear him preach, but only in the open air, as he feared the missionary might try to unleash a magic spell in an enclosed space. In 1884 the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, the 2nd Earl of Granville, erected St Augustine's Cross on the spot where the saint and king met.
Just a few miles inland from the urban conurbation of Ramsgate is Quex Park, a Georgian house famed for the Powell-Cotton collection of artefacts collected by one of the great African explorers of the late Victorian era, Major Percy Powell-Cotton. The museum attatched to Quex Park features an amazing collection of cultural artefacts and oddments from Africa, India, and the Far East.
We really enjoyed our short stay in Ramsgate. The harbour is lovely on a warm summer evening, and the town makes an excellent base for exploring the south east corner of Kent and the Isle of Thanet.
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Ramsgate, St Laurence in Thanet Church - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
St Augustine's Cross - 2.7 miles (Historic Building)
Minster Abbey - 4.4 miles (Abbey)
Minster-in-Thanet, St Mary the Virgin Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Richborough Roman Fort - 4.7 miles (Roman Site)
Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens - 5.1 miles (Museum)
The Secret Gardens of Sandwich - 5.2 miles (Garden)
Sandwich, St Mary's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Ramsgate:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Thanet Visitor Information Service
The Droit House
Tel: 01843 577 577