A cultural hub with a blossoming arts scene, Ramsgate is home to a wealth of creative and theatrical residents, as well as an international film festival for which Brenda Blethyn, star of long-running detective TV series 'Vera', is patron.
Queen Victoria, Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Darwin and Karl Marx have all called Ramsgate home over the years, as the town and its harbour pride themselves on a storied past, playing a vital role in the 'Little Ships' rescue of soldiers from Dunkirk in WW2 immortalised by Cristopher Nolan's recent Hollywood blockbuster.
The only harbour with a royal title in the UK after King George IV gave it royal ascent in 1820, Ramsgate's royal links add even more intrigue to the seaside town.
A delightful marina, royal temple yacht club, and beautiful award-winning sandy beaches, in victorian times, Ramsgate was the English riviera, world-famous architecture from the likes of Augustus Pugin, who's famous for his work on the Westminster houses of parliament and Big Ben. Ramsgate has also had real influence over history, boasting more blue plaques than any other UK location outside of London.
Venture to Thanet's other seaside town Margate, where you will stumble across a world-class art gallery, vintage and independent stores, and the regenerated Dreamland amusement park. Or visit close-by Broadstairs, which is brim-full of nostalgic, old-world, seaside charm, sandy bays and surf schools. Broadstairs has deep-rooted connections to Charles Dickens, while popular for retro ice-cream parlours and chic shops. This is the perfect place for chilled-out, family-friendly fun, relaxed and unspoilt.
Broadstairs and Ramsgate are just a short walk away from each other, connected via the King George IV park or by a stroll along the secluded sandy beaches and bays that link them. The ancient city of Canterbury is only a short car journey away, offering its own mix of history and culture for all ages. East Kent has become synonymous with the past, becoming known as the Garden of England, with fabulous farmer's markets and local produce.
Ramsgate and Thanet enjoy the most sunshine hours on average of any seaside town in the UK, according to 10 years' worth of Met Office data, and in the last ten years, house prices have doubled, but from very low starting points, forecast to be a major property hotspot over the next five years according to numerous national media reports, including the Propertymarketindex.com.
The local area has been the setting of many major TV commercials, programmes and even Hollywood films, including most recently Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year and major motion picture, Juliet Naked.
Thanet also boasts 43 Schools & Colleges, including two renowned Grammar Schools that scholars and even former prime minister Ted Heath attended, as well as a private school.