In 449AD the Vikings landed and settled in Ramsgate. You can see the Viking ship Hugin at nearby Cliffsend.
In 497AD, England's first Christian missionary St Augustine landed in Ramsgate. St Augustine's Cross, which marks the event, is to be found just west of Cliffsend, while the church bearing his name, designed by celebrated architect Augustus Pugin, is situated on the town's Westcliff.
Ramsgate was a main embarkation port from the UK during the Napoleonic Wars. On one occasion 40,000 troops embarked from the town.
In 1821 King George IV named our harbour 'Royal', making it the only Royal Harbour
in the UK.
Ramsgate, during the First World War, was branded as the most bombed seaside town in the UK.
Ramsgate was a major contributor towards the rescue of the troops from the Dunkirk Beaches, during World War Two. Assisted by the Sundowner
Ramsgate, during the Second World War, protected the residents within the underground tunnels, which are nearly 4 miles long, with a capacity to hold 60,000 people. Ramsgate is unique in the world for having these tunnels.
The first international Hoverport in the world was at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate.