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About Ramsgate

Set near the edge of the Thanet peninsula in eastern Kent, Ramsgate has long-standing appeal as one of England’s great seaside towns. Known for its friendly, laid-back feel, the town boasts Britain’s only royal harbour, an array of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and a lively bar and cafe scene. Visitors have flocked to Ramsgate for hundreds of years, and much of the architecture of its Victorian heyday remains, now housing everything from simple B&Bs to indulgent luxury hotels. Our pick of the best places to stay in Ramsgate is an elegant sea-facing property with a delectable restaurant and plenty of period charm.

Stroll along the curved harbour to admire boats bobbing in the swell, step into artists’ studios and perch outside tiny cafes or bustling pubs for a drink and a fabulous plate of fish and chips. Ramsgate is the perfect place to slow down and stumble into hidden art galleries or intriguing antique shops whilst marvelling at the striking Victorian architecture which dominates the older parts of town. A creative hub with a buzzing arts and events scene, there’s always plenty going on — time your trip to catch the annual Ramsgate Festival of Sound, the Ramsgate International Film Festival, or an exciting regatta.

Framed by chalky cliffs and rock pools teeming with wildlife, Ramsgate is also ideal for ramblers or cyclists looking to explore the area’s natural wonders. Sailors, kayakers and surfers will adore getting out on the water, whilst families and sunbathers can enjoy lazy beach days with sandcastles and ice creams aplenty. 

Visit the Ramsgate Maritime Museum for an insight into the town’s seafaring past, or head to the Spitfire Memorial Museum at Manston Airport, where many Spitfires were based during the Battle of Britain. With Margate and the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery just a few miles away, Broadstairs nearby and countless country pubs dotted around Kent, there’s lots of heritage, culture and wonderful walking to be done in the region. A long-time favourite with the likes of Van Gogh and Coleridge, Ramsgate offers seaside charm in spades, impressive architecture and lovely landscapes, as well as a growing number of trendy bars and eateries for fun evenings out with friends or family. The best places to stay in Ramsgate are in the heart of town, ensuring that you’re well-placed to make the most of this classic coastal escape.

The Best Places to Stay in Ramsgate

For sea views

  • Albion House boasts elegant rooms and an exquisite restaurant in a beautifully restored period property in Ramsgate. Think pale creams and warm blues, seaside views and cosying up by the log fire after a long coastal walk. Pick this place for a classic British seaside stay.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to London City, Gatwick or Heathrow Airport if coming from further afield, and catch the train or bus to Ramsgate. The train from London St Pancras to Ramsgate takes an hour and fifteen minutes.
  • If you would like to hire a car, we suggest that you contact our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Visit Ramsgate in July or August for long days and pleasant temperatures, which reach a lovely 21°C. Look out for popular annual events, including the Festival of Sound or the Film Festival, if you're keen to catch the town in full swing. Alternatively, time your trip for the spring or autumn months to avoid the summer crowds!

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  • Albion House Ramsgate 14 rooms from £180

    Learning  -  UK’s Most Inspiring Museum, the Powell-Cotton museum in Quex House, Birchington
    Cycling  -  The Isle of Thanet is perfect cycling and walking territory
    Other Activities  -  The Summer Squall - a summer arts festival.
    Sights nearby  -  The Turner Contemporary Gallery
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Following a very recent renovation, original features of this magnificent building have now been combined with modern luxuries. Bedrooms are elegantly decorated and spacious. A magnificent bar with sea views and an exquisite restaurant menu. Log fires and afternoon teas. Seaside elegance. See More

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