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Situated on the south-east coast of England, Dover is a major ferry port for visitors crossing the English Channel from France. It is also where the cross channel tunnel makes landfall.
The Straits of Dover are so narrow that the French coast can be clearly seen in good weather. This proximity to the Continent and Dover’s original natural harbour made it the favourite place for visiting tribes to land and establish a settlement. Archaeologists have uncovered substantial evidence of Bronze Age inhabitation and a substantial early Roman port and town.
The major tourist attraction is Dover Castle perched on the edge of the White Cliffs overlooking the busy harbour. This castle has a Roman lighthouse and secret tunnels used in WWII. Dover Museum is renowned for having on display the world’s oldest known sea-going Bronze Age boat. The Roman Painted House is part of a nearly 2000 year old Roman hotel or mansio.
The first aerial crossing of the English Channel was made in 1910 by Louis Blériot and the spot where he landed is marked by the Blériot Memorial.
World War 2 Memorials
During the Second World War the airfields around Dover and nearby Folkestone played a vital role in the defence of Britain. The moving Battle of Britain Memorial on the cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge are well worth visiting.
There are fine walks along the white cliffs to the historic South Foreland Lighthouse which is open to the public. This is a great vantage point for watching the shipping coming up the English Channel dodging the cross-channel ferries.
For a close up view of the White Cliffs of Dover from sea-level go to St Margaret’s at Cliffe beach. This is the closest point to France and where Channel swimmers stagger ashore after finishing their marathon swims.
Visitors interested in all types of road transport, should pay a visit to Dover Transport Museum. Diesel locomotive enthusiasts will find the heritage East Kent Light Railway interesting. The less energetic might enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the coastline.
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Located in the Old Town Gaol, Biggin Street is the Dover TIC (Tourist Information Centre). This is the place to visit to discover everything there is to do in and around Dover. The town is only 17 miles (27 km) from the cathedral town of Canterbury, and 8 or 9 miles (13-15 km) from Walmer Castle & Gardens, and the old towns of Deal and Sandwich.
Deal has an excellent Tudor Castle and Sandwich has a fine 18th century smock mill and buildings open to visitors (White Mill Rural Heritage Centre).
- By Rail From London
Take the frequent Southeastern high speed service from London St Pancras domestic to Dover Priory station. Journey time is just over one hour. For times, fares and bookings, go to Web: National Rail Enquiries External Link
- By Car From London
From the M25 London ring road, either exit at Junction 3 and take the M20 to Folkestone then continuing on the A20 to Dover or exit from the M25 at Junction 5 onto the M26 connecting to the M20 at that Motorway’s Junction 3. Again then continue on the M20 to Dover.
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