Popular theatre and cinema on the East Cliff overlooking Ramsgate's Royal Harbour, providing the very best in stage and screen entertainment. The Granville Theatre offers a varied programme of professional and amateur stage productions, the latest film releases on our big cinema screens, a range of theatre classes/workshops for children and other community events for adults. The celebrated actress Brenda Blethyn (best known as 'Vera') is a patron of the theatre. Theatre link here.
On permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay is a replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the bethrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.
Situated in the Clock House on the quayside at Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate Maritime Museum focuses strongly on Ramsgate and its immediate environs, with a brief introduction to the rest of the region's maritime past.. Subjects include the fishing and shipbuilding industries, navigation, the Royal Navy in two World Wars, lifeboats and shipwrecks, and a unique marine archaeological collection of objects raised from Stuart Warships lost on the notorious Goodwin Sands. Interesting Facts: * Ramsgate boasts its own Meridian Line - in the museum * Ramsgate boasts Britain's only Royal Harbour * Ramsgate hosted the World's first International passenger Hovercraft service * The nearby Goodwins form the densest 'graveyard' of shipping in Britain's waters * Discover the connection between Ramsgate and the 'Titanic'. full details here.
The Royal Harbour Ramsgate, whilst having modern facilities, has an interesting historical background, dating back to Roman times, with many features still in existence. The Harbour was given it Royal title in 1821 when George IV sailed from Ramsgate to Hanover and back. He was so taken with the hospitality given to him by the people of Ramsgate that he decreed Ramsgate Harbour should have the right to add 'Royal' to its name. It is the only 'Royal' harbour in the United Kingdom. The Busy Harbour serves local fisherman and international yachtsmen alike, providing a wide range of facilities. There are many interesting activities constantly taking place all around this historic Harbour with many vantage points for the visitor to enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Take a gentle cruise around the bustling harbour or a walk along the East Pier, being the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the picturesque views of Ramsgate. More Info here.
The secret city hidden under Ramsgate! Re-discovered, a vast underground labyrinth - with its own hospital and orchestra - that saved thousands from Hitler's bombers. It proved its worth when Ramsgate became first town to experience the blitz. Full 'Tunnel' Info here.