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Shrine of St Augustine

St. Augustines Road, Ramsgate CT11 9PA, England
+44 1843 592071
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Peace

We visited St Augustine's today for the second time. It was worth it. You can always find out more... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Monica W
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
A shrine to Augustus Pugin as well

This is next door to Pugin's house, The Grange, and the two sites make for a fascinating afternoon... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Porcophile
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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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St. Augustines Road, Ramsgate CT11 9PA, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Monica W
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is next door to Pugin's house, The Grange, and the two sites make for a fascinating afternoon, if you're interested in the Gothic revival. (The Grange is open to the public only on occasional open days, so check.) Pugin designed much of this church...More

Thank Porcophile
Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for such a positive review, Porcophile. As you say, there is much to fascinate here. We are adding new interpretation and audio guides to our visitor experience over the coming months, too!

Reviewed 10 September 2017

Beautifully built church, that is really very warm and so worth popping in on a cold day! It's a working church so a mass maybe taking place.

Thank Jane W
Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you, Jane W, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Mass is at 12 noon each day, for about half an hour, though the Visitor Centre usually remains open during that time. I'm glad the temperature was comfortable for you!

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Not only the site is very interesting, the guide was very kind and gave me good informations Dont miss the excelent marmalades and jams sold at the entrance Home made forthe st augustine'church restauration fund Franck Bally Dunkirk France

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Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Dear Franck, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit here, and especially that the volunteer guide was so kind to you. Do enjoy the home made jam and marmalade!

Reviewed 2 June 2017

Very interesting visit. We did a self guided tour with notes from the church. Visitor centre provided lots of good background information.More

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Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Dear Catherine S, Very many thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you found the Visitor Centre a good introduction, and that the self-guided tour notes were interesting. Tour guides are on site each Wednesday at 2pm and 3pm, though the tour notes substitute at other...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is a beautiful church designed by Pugin a famous archItect of his day in late 1800's. It.has the most beautiful interior. Well worth a visit when in Ramsgate.More

1  Thank jacquelinefaithfull
Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear jacquelinefaithfull, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit! If you want to see more of the interior, the restored sections will be unveiled on 26th/27th May, with an official re-opening is on 3rd June at 5pm. The full St Augustine Week programme is available...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

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,...More

Thank GarethD839
Augustine P, Manager at Shrine of St Augustine, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

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...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016

Our local Catholic Church, and a wonderful place to worship, or to visit. We've had a Cardinal celebrate Mass here, a Holy Door in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as well as the BBC and other media broadcasting from the Shrine. And we have the...More

Thank Su_E166
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Yes, a beautiful church but now sadly incomplete as in the 1970s the monks from the adjacent monastery, in their infinite wisdom with the adoption of the new liturgical changes, allowed the removal of the Rood Screen from the Chancel to the Lady Chapel and...More

Thank nickpanda
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Pugin was an extraordinary man with a vision and nowhere is this more clear than in his ambitious project the Shrine of St. Augustine. It is worth seeing for the stained glass windows alone. A must when visiting Ramsgate.

Thank Mabelle P
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Joseph3355
26 April 2017|
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Response from Augustine P | Property representative |
Hi Joseph3355, The Visitor Centre serves light refreshments to visiting groups who have booked their visit, though we don't operate as a café or pub. There are cafés and pubs nearby, though, and our Volunteers would be... More
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regulus2016
17 June 2016|
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Response from Augustine P | Property representative |
Hi Regulus2016, There is a café just around the corner called "The Lookout". There is also the Churchill Tavern (a pub which serves food), the Royal Harbour Hotel, La Magnolia, and Bon Appetit all within easy walking... More
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regulus2016
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Response from Augustine P | Property representative |
Hi Regulus2016, There is a café just around the corner called "The Lookout". There is also the Churchill Tavern (a pub which serves food), the Royal Harbour Hotel, La Magnolia, and Bon Appetit all within easy walking... More
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