Ramsgate’s 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.

In 1939 Ramsgate’s flamboyant Top Hat Mayor resolved, against Government policy, to protect inhabitants with a scheme to produce 2½ miles of deep shelter tunnels. Plans were rejected several times before the “Mad Mayor” deployed his own brand of politics and the scheme was finally sanctioned.

Tours bring to life this most important part of Ramsgate’s history. As the town above was devastated, inhabitants took up residence in the tunnels. In 1940 over 300 families were living permanently in the evolving underground city.

In addition to guided tours, listen to histories, discover through touch screens or relax at the 'Tunnel Teas Cafe'.

The Free-to-enter 'Tunnel Museum and Home Front Collection' is now open within the Tunnels. It features displays ranging from Ramsgate's part in World War One, through the construction and use of the Tunnels, to the eventual closure, dereliction and reopening. It's also displays part of Tunnels collection of Home Front memorabilia

Access: Uneven floors during tunnel tours. Wheelchairs permitted but may be difficult to operate. Cool, damp atmosphere 11 degrees celsius. Sturdy footwear recommended


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