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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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  • Just waiting to hear back from their customer services. I'm not expecting anything positive but if that changes, I will update the review. Shocking treatment, we were asked if we were based in the... 
    Just waiting to hear back from their customer services. I'm not expecting anything positive but if that changes, I will update the review. Shocking treatment, we were asked if we were based in the...  more »
  • An awesome castle to visit. The grounds are large and so much to see. It wasn’t clear about the process to see the WWII tunnels and we didn’t have time to wait to see them. 
    An awesome castle to visit. The grounds are large and so much to see. It wasn’t clear about the process to see the WWII tunnels and we didn’t have time to wait to see them.  more »
  • Over priced anticlimax. The tunnel tours are much shorter than in previous years. Considering the tunnels are 3.8 miles long in total, you are down there 10/15 minutes & hardly see any of it... 
    Over priced anticlimax. The tunnel tours are much shorter than in previous years. Considering the tunnels are 3.8 miles long in total, you are down there 10/15 minutes & hardly see any of it...  more »
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  • As a member of English Heritage, entrance here was free. There is ample car parking space as well. Staff here were all really lovely and kind, also very knowledgeable. My four kids, aged between 6 and 12, had a really good time, so much to see including a wonderful tour of the underground tunnel system. Lots of amazing history, great views and the main tower was very well kept. If you are a member of English Heritage, I would definitely recommend this place. My youngest was also studying about castle life at school and it really helped him understand castle life and he enjoyed telling his class about his trip. Big thumbs up to all the staff for being so helpful and kind.
  • This is simple one of the best Castle I've visited, vastly huge and impressive a full day is required. The war tunnels are a must the Dunkirk exhibition is truly emotional. The views from the top of the tower are spectacular. Car parking on site, has a couple of cafes / shops. The role this castle has played in our history is amazing
  • Dive into history and the gorgeous sites here in Dover. There is ample parking and walkways that are nice if you are pushing a pram. My "big kid" really enjoyed the tunnel tour while my 9 & 16yr old enjoyed exploring the medieval castle and grounds. We spent easily 2.5hrs but could have spent longer here. If you are an English Heritage member, there is also a cottage on the castle grounds that you can rent. Prices are on the website.
  • Dover Castle was a fun one to tour around. As an English Heritage member, entry was free. The grounds are large and you can spend quite some time touring around. I loved how ornate the decor is and how the castle provided live details for us to visualize what it would be like if we were there in person. Definitely recommend.
  • If I could give Dover Castle six stars I would. English Heritage do a fantastic job maintaining and interpreting this site. We spent a whole day there and left wanting to see more. There is a lot more than just the Great Tower. The walk around the Keep is great. The Medieval Tunnel defences, Princess of Wales Regiment Museum, the exhibition of King Henry II, a great Cafe and Restaurant on site, WWII Tunnels, WWI Gun Control, Underground Hospital , and Saxon Church all set in beautifully cared for grounds. The guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended. We are so fortunate to have seen this place.

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