Following on from a very successful 2019, Ramsgate’s Wartime Tunnels have a busy 2020 in prospect culminating in the 80th Anniversary of the infamous Ramsgate Blitz of August 1940. Before then, the popular explorer tours will be running Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive, giving visitors a guided tour of the air raid precaution tunnels that saved countless lives during World War Two, and became a home to over 1,000 people affected by the bombing.
In March, we will be holding the first of our 2020 special evening tours exploring the railway tunnels which are not normally part of the standard tour. Illuminated using torches these tours take visitors from the very beginning of the railways in Ramsgate up until the end of the much-missed narrow gauge electric railway that joined Hereson Road to Merrie England. Also returning are our popular ‘Overground Underground Tours’ which trace the route of the tunnels above ground from the western entrance as far as Boundary Road where you dive back underground to finish the tour in Tunnel Town.
Although visitors have to pay for the guided tours there is still a lot to see at the Tunnels for free in the main public area, including our unique touch screen tours of the tunnels as they were and as they are now, and a chance to listen to stories told by people who were actually involved with the tunnels back in the 1940s. Our recently opened free admission museum has proved very popular with its displays relating to Ramsgate’s wartime history, the construction of the tunnels, and the tunnel’s life after the war and the subsequent fight to reopen them as a tourist attraction. There are also displays of items from the wartime Home Front including many domestic items, clothes, toys etc. And when you’ve had a look round the museum and our well stocked souvenir shop, treat yourself to a drink, a hot snack, and a delicious piece of home-made cake from ‘Tunnel Teas’, our café just inside the tunnel entrance.
2020 promises to be a busy year for the Tunnels and our hard working volunteer guides. If you would like to help out in any way then we are always happy to hear from you. Just drop in and have a chat with the duty manager or send an email to email@example.com
. You will be made very welcome and we give full training in whatever it is you might like to do.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020, either on one of our tours or just popping in for a cuppa and a cake. You can keep up to date with what’s happening underground and the dates of our special tours via our website at www.ramsgatetunnels.org
or via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RamsgateTunnels