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The Viking Ship 'Hugin' (Cliffs End).JPG
Hugin, a replica Viking ship
Cliffsend is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,822 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTR344643
Civil parish
  • Cliffsend
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCT12
Dialling code01843
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°19′44″N 1°21′57″E / 51.328970°N 1.365910°E / 51.328970; 1.365910Coordinates: 51°19′44″N 1°21′57″E / 51.328970°N 1.365910°E / 51.328970; 1.365910

Cliffsend is a village (sometimes written, correctly, as Cliffs End) and civil parish situated almost 2 miles (3 km) west of Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom, in the Thanet local government district.

Hengist and Horsa landed near here in 410AD, and St Augustine in 597.

Pegwell Bay Country Park is located here.[2] Also on permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay is a replica of the Viking longship Hugin , which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of the two men, and the betrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent. The Hugin was offered as a gift to Ramsgate and Broadstairs by the Daily Mail for preservation.[3]


The village has a petrol station and convenience store on the former A256. There was formerly another convenience store in the centre of the south-side of the village - which contained a post-office. This post-office was supported by local residents,[citation needed] and was the only post office to be saved from closure nationally during the closure scheme in 2008.[citation needed] However the village shop closed in the summer of 2017, whilst the post office continues in operation.

The village has a golf club, St Augustine's GC and did have one pub, the Sportsman Inn. The pub closed permanently in April 2017 for redevelopment.

The village is the site of several local tourist attractions, including 'The Viking Ship', which is a recently[when?] restored replica Viking Ship similar to that which landed on the site during the invasion.[which?] The ship sits on the cliff top, on open grass. This overlooks Pegwell Bay nature reserve. On a clear day, visitors can see a large expanse of east Kent to the West, Sandwich, Deal, and the northern tip of the French Coast. To the east, the cliffs curve round into the nearby town of Ramsgate.

Though the village has no hotels itself, both Ramsgate (2 km) and Minster (4 km) have numerous facilities.

The Anglican parish church of St Mary is in Foads Lane. Originally a Methodist church it was rented by the Church of England from the early 1930s, eventually being bought in 1956.


Cliffsend is part of the electoral ward called Cliffsend and Pegwell. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 4,703.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

Although a small area with an accordingly low population, Cliffsend has had a number of notable residents.

  • The best known of these,[citation needed] in the public eye, is Jefferson Hack who lived in Beech Grove for much of his childhood and early adult life.
  • Another notable couple in the acting and entertainment world are Melanie and Martina Grant who spent their childhood living with their mum in Walmer Gardens.
  • For a small village, Cliffs End has been lived in by two accomplished jewellers/artists:
    • Jeweller Barry Carthew lived north of the train line in his childhood.
    • Artist and Jeweller, Fraser Wallin, who now lives in Whitstable spent his childhood in Beech Grove (just a few doors from his good friend Jefferson Hack).
  • Historically, Augustine of Canterbury briefly lived in the Cliffs End area around the year 597.


The village is between the A299, an end of the Thanet Way, and the A256, which meet at the Lord of the Manor roundabouts to the East of the village.

The village is divided into two by the Canterbury to Ramsgate railway line, with the nearest stations being Minster to the west and Ramsgate to the east both at 2 miles (3 km)

Manston Airport or 'Kent International Airport' is to the north of the village, with the East end of the runway preventing the village expanding northwards. The airport partially closed in May 2014.

At the south east corner of the village are the remains of Hoverlloyd's cross-channel hoverport. Vehicle and passenger carrying hovercraft were operated here from 1969 until 1982.

The New East Kent Access Road intersects the village at the same point as the railway line, though here it is in a tunnel, so the effect on the village is minimal. Both the A299 and A256 have been diverted onto new roads in this scheme; the former A299 and A256 remain in place to serve the village. Access from the new road to the village can be gained from the Thanet Intersection southwards, from Ebbfleet Roundabout eastwards, from the Sevenscore roundabout along Cottington road, and at Cliffsend roundabout heading eastwards.[5]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Pegwell Bay Country Park". Kent County Council. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Cliffsend Viking Ship". Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Cliffsend and Pegwell ward population 2011". Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Cliffsend at Wikimedia Commons