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The Grand Shaft, Dover

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  • We came to visit this grand napoleonic piece of history and we were truly amazed. The stairs tired us out a bit being pensioners so it's not for the feint of heart. I did truly love showing my wife th...  more »
  • Do the stairs up and down a few times. It's a lovely spiral staircase, great history behind it and wonderful pictures to take.  more »
  • This extraordinary piece of Napoleonic-era engineering is only open a few days a year. It was built to ensure that troops could get from their barracks on the clifftop down to beach level as quickly a...  more »
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  • Interesting staircase, needed a bit more loving care though. Only open certain times of the year. Not as many steps as we thought.
  • Stunning History reveals itself as a sunken fort set into the hilltop overlooking Dovers' Western Dock Cruise Terminal. The story is told and the area wonderfully cared for by the great folks of Western Heights Preservation Society - free guided tours are enthusiastically given during Open Days and Events from Spring through to Autumn but the exterior of the fort can be explored and simply stunning views admired towards Dover Castle and the English Channel at any time! Trials and footpaths lead you to discover the remnants of buildings and usage from Napoleonic Era with additions and alternations through the years - Public Information Notices dotted around the huge site explain the amazing history of this hidden fort. The Grand Shaft connects sea front to cliff top (accessed from Snargate Street) it’s a unique triple staircase built to move lots of soldiers 'super quick' to the top of the cliff – simply amazing engineering! Tours are free (donations to a very worthy cause are always welcome) but the Society Members are so passionate and knowledgeable you can’t help but be drawn to their cause. If you have a couple of hours free in Dover - enjoy a walk, or are interested in History – search ‘Western Heights Preservation Society Dover’ for more info, Open Days & Tour information (next Open Weekends 15th May 21st &22nd May 16), or just go see for yourself – seriously, you’ll be amazed!