Famous for its spectacular chalk cliffs, the White Cliffs, Dover is one of Britain’s principal cross-channel ports, and despite the opening of the Channel Tunnel to Calais, many visitors to the country still choose to arrive by ferry for the magnificent views of Kent’s lovely coastline.
Although many travellers pass through Dover on the way elsewhere, plenty of points of interest make this historic town well worth a visit. One of the most popular things to do while wandering the town centre is visit the old town hall, Maison Dieu Hall, built-in 1203 by Hubert de Burgh as a hostel for pilgrims.
Like so much of England, Dover was heavily influenced by its Roman heritage, and you can explore several Roman-era attractions here, including the remarkable lighthouse on Castle Hill and the Roman Painted House.
For centuries after the Romans left until WWII (when the town suffered severe damage due to its role as a naval base), Dover was a bulwark against attacks from Europe. Today, you can learn about this period in the numerous museums and historic sites in and around the town.
The Lantern is situated near some of the most famous historical sites, explore 2000 years of history during an action-packed day out at Dover Castle, or visit the unique triple staircase, winding round a central light-well, dropping 140 feet through the cliffs at Western Heights and not to mention the The White Cliffs of Dover, one of this country’s most spectacular natural features.
The above image is from Dover Castle Church. Step inside the Great Tower and discover the grandeur of Henry II’s medieval palace. Explore vividly-recreated rooms filled with colourful furnishings and imagine the world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition. Climb to the rooftop for unmissable views across the English Channel. Then descend underground and navigate your way through the winding Medieval Tunnels built to protect the castle from attack.
Fast forward over 700 years and discover the vital role Dover Castle played in two world wars at the recreated Port War Signalling Station. Discover how crucial wartime communications were relayed and how the Straits of Dover were defended.
There are over 80 acres of castle grounds to explore too. Walk the battlements and mighty defences as you stretch your legs and imagination at England’s greatest fortress.