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Castles and Countryside in Dover

A Guide to Visiting Dover

Dover in Kent boasts a rich history, with artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, such as the world’s oldest seagoing boat. Because of the city's long and eventful history, there is so much to see and do. Visit the area’s ancient castle, churches and ruins to immerse yourself in the city’s heritage or peruse the Dover Museum. This is one of the largest and most varied museums and admission is free!

If you want to escape into nature, enjoy organised fishing trips, as well as hiking and cycling routes throughout Kent’s countryside.

Explore the nature

Discover Dover on foot and hike the lengthy alabaster coastline which is part of the Seven Sisters cliff range in England’s South Downs National Park. The diverse terrain gives you the opportunity to observe rare plants and birds, with panoramic views of the English Channel. Head inland, deeper into the National Park, for lengthy trails, rolling English hillside and forestry.


Dover Castle is one of the largest castles in the country and has played an important role in the defence of England since it was built in 1066 until the middle of the 20th century.

During your visit to the castle you can learn about the medieval underground network that lies beneath it, or check out the Secret Wartime Tunnels for an insight into the expedition of the allied forces across the Channel during Operation Dynamo in 1940.

Gateway to the UK

Our Dover port offers fantastic access to the rest of England and the UK after your short ferry crossing from Dunkirk or Calais in France. Discover all Dover has to offer before exploring the rest of the coastal region of Kent and the UK.

England’s vibrant capital of London is conveniently just a short car or train journey away, too.