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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. With our international travel planner, Dover attractions like Dover Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Having visited castles all over the world, my favourite always has to be Dover Castle. We've visited dozens of times over the years, and haven't got bored yet. Today's visit, although jolly cold, mean...  more »
  • My son and I go to Dover castle fairly often. We're from the area and I have an English Heritage membership so it's easy to head up there for a day out. There is a lot of walking involved including a ...  more »
  • Dover castle is by far the most impressive i have ever seen. And I get to see it everyday from my doorstep. We still go up regularly, the tunnels are fascinating, the history is amazing. Truly beautif...  more »
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  • The first seat of English power over looking the Port of Dover protecting the gateway of the English Channel. Such a historical venue from the days of the Romans to modern day 1980's no longer of military use since the end of the Cold War but lots for you to see and do. The castle is so well laid out depicting the history of the time of Henry II with lots for children to explore and understand from the period of time. A must is to go up onto the roof of the castle and look at the surrounding view of Dover and the Channel. Lots of tunnels to explore and lots areas of interest it is worth just paying the yearly English Heritage fee to see the exhibits on display, the guides and staff are so helpful and knowledgeable and make you feel so welcome.
  • Awesome place to visit with castles dating back all the way to Roman times. We didn't try any of the tours due to having small children along. But just walking around there and seeing the different was wonderful. Loved the fact that this place had been used for defense for so long.
  • This extensive castle and museum will occupy adults and children alike for a full day. The exhibits span centuries of key British events. You can explore the ancient castle, the WW2 tunnels and defences, and enjoy state-of-the-art audio-visual presentations. The cafes are excellent and good value. The day we visited it was pouring with rain and we still had a fantastic time.
  • Don't complain about the price of this place, it's huge and worth every penny (I am a member of the English Heritage so I get my monies worth in one visit with the children) A very well presented castle, steeped in history with a lot of the original still accessible today. Get there early and park by the ticket office! WW2 tunnels and hospital took two hours on their own, the guides were very knowledgeable and answered every question as if it was the first time they had ever been asked. The Falcon display was amazing, very interactive. The views are stunning, the Roman Lighthouse was a surprise, the church was beautiful. In the 8 hours we spent here, we don't actually think we managed to see it all...!
  • We absolutely LOVED Dover Castle. What a fantastic site that has been in use for over 2000 years! The WWII barrack tour was well worth it. The hospital tour was ok. The castle has quite a few things that are interesting for children and you can explore almost the whole castle. We walked so much on this day as we also walked to the White Cliffs of Dover. I recommend taking a cab for that part because the walk along the road was a bit treacherous. It looks like there will be an area to walk in along the road until about 1/2 a mile in when there is no shoulder and brush along the road. Not so great for walking!