*Closed from Thursday 5th November until further notice*
Ramsgate Tunnels' Explorer Tours take you underground to unlock the story of a hidden underground city, which evolved from the largest and only known Civilian Deep Shelter Air-Raid-Precaution scheme authorised by Central Government.
After heavy bombing raids during WW1, and realising that the town's existing air raid shelters would be inadequate in future conflicts, Ramsgate's inventive Borough Engineer had been working to develop an underground shelter system since 1936. By 1939, after several rejections by Central Government on cost and policy grounds, Ramsgate’s Borough Council and flamboyant 'Top Hat' Mayor managed to secure Home Office approval to adopt the scheme. Ramsgate's inhabitants would be protected by excavating 2½ miles of deep shelter tunnels.
Tours bring to life this most important part of Ramsgate’s history. As the town above was devastated by aerial bombing, inhabitants took up residence in the tunnels, and in 1940, over 300 families were living permanently in the evolving underground city.
In addition to guided tours, visitors can listen to recorded histories, discover more through touch screens, or relax at the Tunnel Teas Cafe.
The free-to-enter Tunnel Museum and Home Front Collection is also open within the Tunnels. It includess displays ranging from Ramsgate's part in WW1, through the construction and use of the Tunnels, to their eventual closure, dereliction and re-opening. It also displays part of the Tunnels' collection of Home Front memorabilia.
Access: Tunnels have uneven floors, so sturdy footwear recommended. Wheelchairs are permitted but may be difficult to operate. Tunnels have a cool, damp atmosphere of 11 degrees celsius, so please bring suitable clothing.
* Winner of Pride in Thanet Tourism Award 'Attraction Employee of the Year' 2016 *
April-September: Wednesday-Sunday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm.
October-March: Wednesday-Sunday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm.
Credit cards accepted
Restaurant / cafe / tea shop / catering facilities
Children (3-16 years): £5
Seniors 60+: £6
Family: £22 (2 Adults + 2 children)
A 50p booking fee applies to Adult & Senior tickets to cover online charges