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White Cliffs of Dover, Dover

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The White Cliffs of Dover represent the most famous facet of the English coastline due to their proximity to Continental Europe, striking appearance, and role in forming a symbolic barrier to invasion. Bask in the view that for hundreds of years served as the first or last sight of England for travellers heading to or from Europe. If it’s a clear day, you can even view France from on top of the cliffs. Walk on one of the clearly marked paths or simply sit and watch the bustling port of Dover. If you want to seek shelter from the marine winds, browse the gift shop or enjoy a cup of tea in the cafe. Sturdy shoes are recommended for rambling on top of the cliffs as the chalk, to which the cliffs owe their white appearance, can become slippery if wet. Put White Cliffs of Dover on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dover travel itinerary planner.
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  • We paid £3.50 (at the National Trust kiosk) to walk along the cliff top to one of the viewing points. We expected to see the image we have grown to know and love, but actually only a fraction of it ca...  more »
  • It is a bit of climb to the top to see Europe massland and the white cliffs. But it is worth it. I would recommend wearing sports shoes! And take a good camera, I lost my phone pics :'( Very beautiful...  more »
  • Parking in a campervan overlooking Dover Harbour and watching the comings and goings of ferries is a great way to spend time. Then get out and walk to the lighthouse for some exercise.  more »

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Boutique hotels and guesthouses are tucked among Victorian homes in the shadow of Dover Castle. Consider lodging next to the striking white cliffs of Dover with a view over the water. Cottages and inns farther inland give access to the surrounding countryside and offer comfortable accommodations at lower prices.
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