Welcome Back Ramsgate Tunnels

Welcome Back Ramsgate Tunnels
Welcome Back Ramsgate Tunnels
Welcome Back Ramsgate Tunnels

Exactly 75 years to the day, Ramsgate Tunnels reopened it's big iron gates on 1st June welcoming people to step back in time.  It was a beautiful sunny day with hundreds of people taking advantage of our newest, oldest attraction with 1940s music, stalls, reenactments and wonderful food on offer.

The week started with the Duke of Kent coming down to mark the occasion on 27th May and officially open the tunnels, just like his father did, 75 years ago in 1939.  

Ramsgate has the most extensive Air Raid Precaution Tunnels in the world as the 'Mad Mayor', Aldemore A.B.C. Kempe wanted there to be enough room to house 60.000 people safely during wartime.  He was very forward thinking, anticipating that Ramsgate would once again need to seek refuge from air raid bombings and went ahead with the digging of the tunnels before he finally got permission from central government after the third application.  He did however overestimate how many people would still come on their summer holidays during WWII.  Ramsgate's population was only around 30,000 so there would have been plenty of space for everyone in nearly 4 miles of networked tunnels 60 feet underground!

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new life for these forgotten tunnels and hopefully they will soon be open full time offering guided tours and an insight into life during WWII for Ramsgate's residents.  If you want more information, click on Ramsgate tunnels Vision.  There is also a very interesting 'overground' tour using geocaching which takes you around the town in a circular route, marking all the old entrances to the tunnels.

 

 

 


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