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The cross-channel port of Dover in south-east England is probably best known for its massive castle and white cliffs but it has another extraordinary treasure in its town museum.
The museum has on display the world’s oldest known sea-going ship – the Dover Bronze Age Boat. This remarkably preserved vessel is 3,500 years old and a whole gallery is devoted to its presentation and the Bronze Age.
The Museum has three floors with galleries devoted to telling the story and history of Dover from prehistory to the 1990s. There is everything here from Roman glass and beautiful Anglo-Saxon jewellery to Dover’s important role during Two World Wars, Channel swimmers and the Kent Coalfields.
This modern museum tells the story of Dover’s development with artefacts, models and replicas, and beautiful scale models. Interactive computer games and displays are a particular favourite with the children.
Bronze Age Boat Gallery
When the boat was discovered in 1992 during construction work on a new road link between Dover and Folkestone, the archaeologists were unable to retrieve the whole ship but 31.2 feet (9.5 metres) of the vessel has been recovered. It is believed that this represents at least a half or even two-thirds of the original boat. It is 7.8 feet (2.4 metres) wide.
Such a large boat would have been capable of crossing the channel and probably needed a crew of 8 paddlers. It might have carried livestock, people or a cargo of axe heads.
The boat was made up of at least six oak timbers lashed together with yew wood, with all the joints reinforced with a thin lath of oak, covering moss pushed into the joints. The two central planks are joined by the use of wedges pushed through a central rail and a series of cleats. The workmanship is superb and it is incredible to think that this boat comes from the same age that produced Stonehenge.
The Museum is a great place to learn that there is much more to Dover than just a busy port.
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Times & Admission Costs
For up to date entry prices, refer to Dover Museum link below.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1304 201 066
Dover Museum External Link
The Museum is situated in the Market Square in the centre of Dover.
- By Car: The nearest parking available is in the St. James Street Car Park (entrance off Woolcomber Street or Russell Street off the A20) or parking off York Street (both pay and display).
- By Train: From Dover Priory railway station, the museum is about a 7-minute walk. Turn right from the station exit, then left onto Folkestone Road. At the roundabout, turn right down York Street, towards the rear of the Dover TIC (Tourist Information Centre). Dover Museum is situated next door to the Dover Discovery Centre with its entrance on the Market Square.
- By Bus: The bus station in Pencester Road is about a five minute walk from the museum, along Pencester Road with the traffic flow, then left along the pedestrianised Cannon Street into Market Square.
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