Ramsgate Area Guide Part One: Dumpton & Eastcliff

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Moving to Ramsgate: Area Guide

Part 1: Dumpton & Eastcliff

Ramsgate is a great residential retreat for families, first time buyers and older couples looking for respite from busy central London.

The quaint streets of this neighbourhood have an array of different style of homes. Ramsgate is mainly split into little burrows, Dumpton, Eastcliff, Westcliff, St. Lawrence, Newington, Nethercourt and Northwood.

Ramsgate has the unique benefit of have the only Royal Harbour in the whole of the UK and benefits from a great sea front full of bars, restaurants, cafés and take aways. Throughout the year there are many things going on with live music, fairs and lights on the boats during Christmas time. The high street sits in the centre of all of Ramsgate and meets at a crossroads in the middle. Shops, pubs, cafés restaurants and high street shops are all around this area.

The Ramsgate train station is situated within 0.5 miles from the high street and allows amazing transport into London which can be as quick as 1 hour and 13 minutes into London St Pancras.

Each little burrow has an array of several types of properties, here are what you tend to get in each area and a brief demographic.


Dumpton is situated between the East cliff of Ramsgate and Broadstairs with its glorious Dumpton Gap Beach and easy access train station. The houses in this area range from around 1930’s, 1970’s and new builds. The styles of property also range from terrace house, semi-detached and detached all the way through to bungalows and apartments. There are older properties dotted around in this area, some of which date back to the 19th Century.

Schools in this area include Newlands primary school and Holy Trinity both of which are highly regarded with both schools performing well in their Ofsted reports.

The train station in Dumpton allows easy access to Ramsgate and Broadstairs, both of which are the next stops either way.

Dumpton area has an array of shops on the Hereson Road including a small Tesco and a petrol garage. Also, just off the West Dumpton Lane area are a few local stores. The area has a number of local pubs with options of eating including the Racing Ground Hound Pub which is situated on the edge of where the old ground hound racetrack use to be which is now housing and a garden centre.

The popular beach of Dumpton Gap allows access from the cliffs straight down onto the sand where there is a café and allows dogs. The beach is about 150 metres and has a promenade which goes around the coast all the way to Louisa Bay.

If you walk in the other direction the beach connects with Ramsgate. However, tides can cut you off as the beach disappears, so checking tide times is necessary on this walk.


Eastcliff is just along the road from the harbour, people say includes the harbour and runs from here to the Dumpton area. The main style of homes around this area ranges from period homes to apartments overlooking the sea. The bulk of these properties are period homes and are still used today as full houses or have been since split into apartments overlooking the sea. There are number of newer build properties by the sea front if that is something you would rather pursue.

There are only a few schools in this area however, being in the centre allows you to be in the catchment for numerous different schools including the sought-after grammar schools of Chatham and Clarendon and the private school of St Lawrence College.

The East Cliff area is closest to the main High Street in Ramsgate and the close to the main train station. The harbour as previously mentioned is based just off the East Cliff. Around here you have an array of shops, pubs and restaurants along with easy access to all of the main high street.

The popular beach of the Ramsgate sand or Eastcliff Sands allows you to wander down to the harbour or visit the famous Ramsgate tunnels which is over 150 years old and was used as air raid prevention during the World War II.

For any advice about Ramsgate, Margate, Westgate, Broadstairs, Birchington, Minster, St. Nicholas, Thanet area or the East Kent area Please call us on 01843 661300.

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