Shrine of St Augustine
Shrine of St Augustine
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Augustus Pugin - best known for designing most of the Houses of Parliament - radically reformed cityscapes around the world. Pugin built this church as his model of construction, and called it "my own child". Out of all the buildings he built, this was his favourite. St Augustine of Canterbury landed very close by in 597, bringing Christianity back to England. Although is original shrine was destroyed in 1538, St Augustine's is his modern shrine, and contains one of his last remaining relics. There are many things of beauty here, and of great significance too. Despite its stark exterior, the inside is peaceful, tranquil, and beautiful, with major stories to tell.
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Quite disappointing. Much smaller than I imagined it would be and not very ornate which I had expected from a Pugin building. The relics were not illuminated so very hard to see and I had left my phone in the car so didn't have a torch. There is a step at the entrance and a few steps inside so not ideal for wheelchair users unless they can manage a few steps. entrance was free, donations welcome. Limited opening hours, only on some afternoons for a couple of hours. No parking on site you have to park on Royal Esplanade and walk
Written October 1, 2021
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basilhoward
Withernsea, UK267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Brilliant & brand-new Visitor Centre... alongside Church with active Worship in one of England's finest furnished [ & most spiritual ] Chapels. Excellent Visitor Information Boards.. PLUS the finest Stations of the Cross you'll ever come across! Pugin Literature available to buy, in abundance.
Written November 6, 2021
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Peter C
Portsmouth, UK49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
This is a real gem. Includes a particularly detailed and lavish church built by Pugin - so if highly decorated and formalised church is your thing - then this is a wonderful church. Also had an interesting exhibition on St Augustine's mission to Britain. The staff were also helpful in identifying some of my family graves in the graveyard.
Written January 6, 2019
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Monica W
Leatherhead, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We visited St Augustine's today for the second time. It was worth it. You can always find out more of interest. The architecture is wonderful. The newly refurbished part makes access easier and the explanation boards help. Everyone who visits ~Ramsgate should put this on their must-see list.
Written September 28, 2017
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LTStone
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
So much of interest to see here - the gothic architecture, the stained glass windows, the carved stations of the cross etc. etc. etc. Don't skip the very informative video playing on a loop in the entrance/visitor centre, and don't forget to visit the beautifully tranquil cemetery between the church and the sea.
Pugin was obviously an exceptionally talented and energetic person and this church and the information in the video and the panels about his life do him proud.
Can I also mention the volunteer manning the 'desk'? Welcoming, friendly, ready to answer questions - a real asset, contributing very positively to my visit.
Written August 24, 2019
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Hatfield_visitor
Borehamwood, UK371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Visited for an evening concert. Beautiful church which I have visited previously. Concert held in main church which has excellent acoustics. Concert was excellent. Refreshments served during interval. Several concerts, including use of organ, planned for 2019. Well worth visiting.
Written December 30, 2018
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Anne
Leicester, England, United Kingdom26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
This national important shrine is all it should be. It is beautifully and prayerfully situated inside the Pugin's amazing church. When visiting the shrine of St Augustine we were delighted to find that the building was opened just before its advertised opening. On our first visit we were immediately and helpfully informed that the church was not available that day as work was being undertaken with the organ. We were able to return a couple of days later and were not disappointed. The staff were very helpful on both occasions, clear guide boards aided the visits. A highlight of our visit to Ramsgate.
Written August 10, 2018
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Gareth D
London, UK20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
My visit - on a Monday morning - was very disappointing because the church proper is closed until 2 June, and unless I missed the notice somehow there is no information to this effect on the website. The Grange next door, on the other hand, was open and welcoming. It seems bizarre that the church will not reopen until the penultimate day of the St Augustine week in May-June.
Written May 15, 2017
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Dear GarethD839, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing The Grange during their twice-yearly opening weekends. St Augustine's church re-opens on 26th May with a service for St Augustine's Day, and is open properly from Saturday 27th May. There are tours during the following week, and each Wednesday afternoon. I'm sorry if you received the wrong information. The full programme of St Augustine Week is online here <http://augustinefriends.co.uk/?p=5121> and hardcopies are available at St Augustine's and other tourist centres in Ramsgate and Thanet.
Written May 17, 2017
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joannah V
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Welcoming, working church. Our photos give you a taste..of the stunning attention to detail & workmanship ( but it's just an indication- you must see it for real!) They've just won lottery funding for a visitors centre- so soon you will be able to have a coffee too. As it stands now, the church is well worth a visit. It's full of gems... St Joseph's shrine is simply superb! The font is very, very special ....The sculpture, masonry & carpentry is humbling. Pugin died at 40; which is suprising when you realise how prolific he was. He was also married three times. Dont leave Ramsgate without it...
Written October 11, 2015
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AnnMacNorthants
Daventry, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
We went to a classic Latin mass here - I found it hard to follow , but it was a fantastic experience.
It's very cold in the church.
Written September 2, 2014
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