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Western Heights, Dover

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  • I lived on Western heights for 10 years, Drop Redoubt and the other napoleonic fort across the road (locally called smokies or the pyramids) are one of Dover's hidden Gems. In any other town they woul...  more »
  • Lovely to walk and snif the history of the place. It's free accessible, but look out for opening hours for the spiral staircase ... it adds even more! A must if you love your history. 
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • One can see a very long Way from the Western Heights of the Town of Dover.
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