Amused by Kent
Before she became Queen, a young princess Victoria spent much of her time visiting Kent mainly staying in Ramsgate and Tunbridge Wells.
Holidays in Ramsgate
Ramsgate was a popular holiday destination with the gentry in the 1800s. Queen Victoria first came to Ramsgate on 15 August 1823 at the age of four with her mother, the Duchess of Kent. They stayed at Townley House in Chatham Street where she was allowed to play with other children and have donkey rides on the beach.
A young Victoria also spent time at Albion House and West Cliff House in Ramsgate. It is said she that disliked the latter but perhaps that's because legend has it that her beloved pet donkey died there and is buried in the grounds.
Ramsgate remained close to Victoria's heart throughout her life. Jennifer Smith, treasurer of the Ramsgate Society spoke to Hannah Radcliffe about Queen Victoria's visits to Ramsgate and how much she loved the seaside town:
Visiting Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells got its Royal prefix from Victoria and her family, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and it is thought the first time she took a train ride was to visit the town.
Hotel du Vin
Victoria frequently stayed in Calverley House where her aunt lived, a grade II listed building built in 1762. Victoria last visited the house in 1835, the house is now the Hotel du Vin.
Another favourite retreat for the princess Victoria was The Royal Wells Hotel where she granted use of her coat of arms which is now displayed at the top of the building.
last updated: 05/03/2009 at 15:11