St Laurence

Queen Victoria worshipped in the church as a child when on holiday, the east window is a memorial to her and the clock was installed to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

Ramsgate, Kent

Opening times

Saturdays from May to September the church is open from 10am to 3pm unless there is a wedding or another service going on, and the church is open Sundays for services at 8am and 10am when visitors can stay and look round it afterwards.

April to October there is a guided churchyard tour on the first Saturday of each month and from November to March a guided church tour. Tours start at 10am and last approximately an hour.


High Street
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Built in the 11th century and extended in the 12th and 13th centuries, St Laurence is built mainly of flint and caen stone and is mainly Norman and early English in style with some Victorian alterations.

The roof was raised in 1350 and the tower was raised to its present height in 1439, after being struck by lightning, the difference in stone is very noticeable. The views from the top are quite spectacular and on a clear day France can be seen.

The Victorians removed the box pews and galleries and replaced them with the current pews and were responsible for most of the beautiful stained-glass windows. The west window is in honour of Sir Thomas Noel Harris 'who fought and bled for his country ... in the famous Battle of Waterloo'. The east window is in commemoration of the fact that Queen Victoria worshipped in the church as a child.

Interesting hatchments line the rafters and some of the larger stones are over 300 years old, of the monuments and brasses several are over 400 years old.

The churchyard covers three and a half acres and contains over 1,400 graves and several famous people rest their bones there.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

  • Partnership Grant, £2,500, 2017

  • Our Partnership Grants funded a range of repair projects, recommended by County Church Trusts, to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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