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Dover Castle, Dover

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Perched on the edge of the equally renowned Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle awes with its sheer size, imposing architecture, and historical significance. This 12th-century construction is the largest castle in England and towers over the modern town of Dover as well as the site of what is believed to be a former Saxon town. A network of tunnels, thought to have been constructed during the Napoleonic Wars, exists under the castle. A visit to Dover Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Dover tour itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Nice cup of coffee in the café made a good start to our visit followed by impressive views across the channel to France from the top of the keep. A pleasant walk around the battlements with more...  more »
  • The site is huge. But a lot of it remains closed. We knew this before we went, but it does impact on the visit. The one way system through the great tower is ludicrous. You leave the king's bedroom...  more »
  • It is quite interesting, not a lot to see and loads of steps, so be aware if you are not great on stairs. The signage is awful. we and another car wandered around for 10 minutes trying to find the.....  more »
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  • Dover Castle is run by English Heritage. The castle has an on site car park, but it is prone to be full and the next nearest parking is up the hill. There is a regular bus service though, so if you don't want to, or can't walk, you don't have to worry. There is something for everyone at Dover Castle. Visit the WWII war tunnels and the hospital, or the castle if you wish to delve further into the past. At the end of the war tunnel tour, there is a shop and rooms with more information plus a chance to try on a few of the clothes worn during the war. But don't spend all your money in this shop - there is another by the castle and they both sell different things! The tunnel shop sells war related items, and the castle - well, you've guessed it! I'd recommend taking a packed lunch as the restaurants are really expensive. Make sure you give the whole day over to vising here - there is a lot to see - including the fabulous views of the harbour. Finally, the castle has event days during the year which are great for taking your family to. Be aware though, discounts don't apply on these days and English Heritage members may have to pay extra.
  • We have wanted to see this castle for years. Catching the ferry to France never left us time. This year we made an effort to arrive a day earlier than the planned crossing and were fortunate enough to go to the castle whilst there was a Roman enactment. Quite a long day visiting the passageways, rooms, tunnels, etc. Very interesting exhibitions about soldiering. Roman day superb. Good food as well.
  • Incredible place to go. Full of history, plenty of things to do and see. Events on, medieval dress up, and falconry/hawking when we went. Had a two year old with us and still managed to enjoy everything, she was interested in lots.
  • I love this place!!! It is interesting and fun,for all ages. There are 2 tours that I would recommend that you do before you leave. You can see France on a clear day!!! I found all the different bits cool,and so did my kids.😃😀😄
  • A five star attraction and I would rate it higher than the white cliffs. You can easily spend a full day here. There is a lot to see and the Dunkirk attraction was great. The castle was very well preserved. There is ample parking. There are some good cafes in the castle which sell snacks and coffee at a reasonable price. A must see if you're visiting Dover. It truly is one of the great British castles.

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