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Address: Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, England
Phone Number: 01843 598750
Description: The building was built for Customs & Excise and was used as this until the...
The building was built for Customs & Excise and was used as this until the 1980's. It is now home to the Ramsgate Visitor Centre, the Custom House Coffee Shop, a gallery and gift shop Nice Things and the RNLI shop. Ramsgate's Town Council have the first floor with the Mayor's Parlour and the Council Chamber, which is available for hire for dinners and parties. The building has been well restored and has most of its original features including the doors and ornate plaster mouldings.
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Lovely events room on first floor and good cafe

Today I attended a Kent Costume Trust talk which was held in the events room overlooking the harbour. It is a lovely room, ideal for talks etc. for smallish groups. There was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2014
Hilary S
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have been here a few times eaten outside and also in their restaurant at the back what a lovely place and the staff were only too happy to accommodate our breakfast requirements what lovely people and the food was freshly made and first class we shall continue to go here for food....

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suzy2609, I own one of the businesses in the building, Nice Things at The Custom House, responded to this review

Hello Karen, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to put the review on for Nice Things at the Custom House - it's so helpful to have and I'm glad you enjoy visiting. I can't help loving my little 'community centre' on the harbour! Suzy More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Today I attended a Kent Costume Trust talk which was held in the events room overlooking the harbour. It is a lovely room, ideal for talks etc. for smallish groups. There was a small lift up to the first floor for those who can't manage the stairs. After the talk some of us visited the cafe on the ground floor... More 

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London
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
52 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Apart from being a beautiful building, it houses the tourist info and a craft shop, selling locally made crafts. I spent a happy half hour looking at all the things on display and went home with an original necklace. We did not try the café there

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The new owners have removed the local staff we used to have a chat to .The prices went up, so we go elsewhere

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Just ask and it will be told, everything you could wish to know about the town of Ramsgate. It's patron Ralph Hoult a very knowledgeable pleasant fellow, is passionnte about his home town, and I don't blame him!

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Beautiful building and the cafe is quite pleasant - although a little pricey for what is offers. Nice to sit outside in the sun. Tourist office is VERY variable - depends who is on the desk - the older man is great - and knows everything about the area, the others are not as good. Craft shop is pretentious and... More 

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ramsgate
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

I have ventured into the Custom House on various occasions and find the atmosphere and staff extremely helpful and friendly. The cafe serve great food along with the opportunity of finding out about the area. I needed some information on Pugins house and Pugin's association with Ramsgate and found the lovely lady on reception more than helpful and well-informed.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

We were in Ramsgate on our wedding anniversary staying at the royal Ok which was quite pleasant and were pointed to the custom house on the sea front to get some local information. When we got there, what a wonderful surprise, the girl behind the counter, lisa, was so sweet and beautiful and discussed the local possibilities with me for... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

We visited Ramsgate and found the Custom House. What a quaint atmosphere. Full of imteresting accessories spread around the foyer. The girl at the counter was very helpful and spent a lot of time with us. I bought a scarf for my wife which was quite unique.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

This beautiful Victorian red brick building, with it's eye catching copper dome stands on Ramsgate Harbour Parade and had been derelict for sixteen years (when it was owned by Frank Thorley) . Last year it was extensively and sympathetically renovated by a local builder who was awarded The Ramsgate Society's prestigious 'Best Town Image' award for his efforts. It is... More 

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