British Beaches

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Ramsgate Main Sands Beach

Ramsgate, Kent

A popular sandy bay backed by high chalk cliffs and near a picturesque harbour. Children's amusements nearby make this an excellent family beach. The Beach receives regular awards, and has been named as one of the 10 top beaches in the UK.

Beach Type



First Aid Station, lifeguards, bay inspector information, beach cafe, donkey rides, deckchairs and sun loungers for hire, toilets, lift, shops and children's amusements nearby
Disabled toilets open from the week before Easter to the end of September


Jet ski-ing
Power boating
Fishing children's area
Zoning is in place for water sports activities

Nature and Wildlife

Coastal cycle route can also be used by pedestrians. Rock pools. kelp beds and chalk caves provide habitats for a diverse range of species.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily between May - September and litter bins are available. Dogs are banned between May and September and dog litter bins are provided outside of these months.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Thanet Visitor Information Centre. 17 Albert Court. Off York Street. Ramsgate. CT11 9DN. Tel: 01843 583333. e-mail: [email protected] web:


Nearest town: Ramsgate
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3325, 1.42709
Postcode: CT11 8JD
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Ramsgate, Kent at Explore Britain.


Main road signposted for Ramsgate Seafront. Car parks are adjacent to the beach.

Public Transport

Ramsgate Train Station is 1.5 miles away from the beach. There is a bus/taxi service available.

Nearest Railway Stations

Ramsgate (About a mile away)
Dumpton Park (About a mile and a half away)
Broadstairs (Approx. 2 miles away)
Margate (Approx. 4 miles away)
Minster (Approx. 5 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car parking. for 200 cars. is available (including disabled spaces) for a charge.

Nearby Car Parks

Pier Yard, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Albion Place, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Staffordshire Street, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Military Road, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Staffordshire Street - South, Ramsgate (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Leopold Street, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Cavendish Street, Ramsgate (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Meeting Street, Ramsgate (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Queen Street/Elms Avenue, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Cannon Road, Ramsgate (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Ramsgate