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Western Heights, Dover

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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  • A rare view into this napoleonic fortress A place lovingly looked after by the volunteers of the western heights preservation society. Mock battles held on the parade ground . Some very knowledgeable ...  read more »
  • When it's open a great historical reminder of or need to defend against Napolionic possibilities!! There are so many examples of defences seen as necessary in these worrying times, all along the South...  read more »
  • I've never been before so decided to visit on an open weekend. What a fabulous place it is. Great work by all the volunteers who constant work there in their free time, improving the site. Definitely ...  read more »
  • 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 (or to the bottom) – 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 17th April & 15th May), or just go see for yourself – seriously, you’ll be amazed!
  • Loved it here, came on an open day and it was simply lovely!
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