Ramsgate beholds many features which make it a truly desirable town to visit and explore.
Ramsgate is home to the only ‘Royal’ Harbour in the country, a sparkling marina, award-winning white sandy beaches, a beautiful town centre and cliff tops that are a true ramblers paradise.
Along the waterfront near the harbour there are countless cafes, restaurants, hotels and pubs all looking out towards the channel.
A short stroll into the town centre reveals a great variety of large brand and individual stores; occasionally you could also be greeted by the cries of market stallholders who set up on Fridays and Saturdays.
Euroferries terminal is positioned within the Royal Harbour, allowing passengers easy access to explore and relax in the brilliant attractions that Ramsgate has to offer.
Also straight from Euroferries Terminal exit you join a brand new £30 million tunnel road connecting to the national motorways. Journey times are extremely rapid; to the M25 circular it is just under the hour, to Manston International Airport it takes only 15 minutes and to Canary Wharf it takes just over the hour.
Euroferries passengers arrive at Gare Maritime, Place de la République located just 200 metres from the town centre. The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer offers exceptional accessibility to all shops, restaurants and tourist sites. As soon as your high speed ferry from Ramsgate arrives, passengers are immediately within walking distance, via the covered footbridge, of the centre of town. For those needing to go further afield, there is the direct high speed link from the terminal exit to the A16. This will enable our passengers to quickly discover the adjoining areas of Boulogne and Montreuil, and speedy connections to the entire French motorway network to the heart of the Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast), Boulonnais Natural Park, Normandy and only two hours to Paris.
For those arriving in Boulogne by car, to reach the Gare Maritime, Place de la République, follow signs for Boulogne Port-Car Ferry but leave plenty of time to explore Boulogne.
Boulogne-sur-Mer has the power to astonish and seduce those who have never visited before. Rich in a heritage which gives it the unenviable title "Ville d'art et d'histoire", the Upper Town bears witness in stone with a 12th century belfry, superb 13th century ramparts, a Chateau-Musée not to be missed, an imposing cathedral and a medieval crypt.
In the last two thousand years, many emperors have passed through Boulogne, but more recently Napoleon left his mark on the town. Dreaming once again of conquering England, First Consul Bonaparte decided to create a huge war machine. And so the "Grande Armée" was born, with a force of 185,000 men and a fleet of 2,000 ships.
The administrative centre and spiritual heart of Boulogne, the Upper Town or "Old Town" approximately 400m by 300m in size, sits in the shadows of the belfry and the dome of the Cathedral. It nestles inside mighty ramparts built at the beginning of the 13th century by the Count of Boulogne on the foundations of the Gallo-Roman walls.
Visit the Ramparts constructed between 1227 and 1231 by the Count Philippe Hurepel, the son of King Philippe Auguste. The four entrance gates, give access to the pathway round the ramparts. This makes a wonderful walk affording lovely views over the whole town.
Rue de Lille, in the Middle Ages was lined with inns, hostelries, taverns and workshops of candle-makers. Now days the road is lined with restaurants, boutiques and bric-a-brac shops and is ideal for those wishing to relax over lunch or dinner.
Other attractions within the old town of Boulogne are the Hotel de ville dating back to 1734 and Louis XV, Beffroi formerly the keep of the original early-medieval baronial castle and listed by Unesco, the Palais Impérial, the Annonciades (Library) and the Cathedral rebuilt in the 19th Century.
And finally don’t forget to pass-by the fish market on the town quay.