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Dover Beach

Watch the ferries come and go from the seafront esplanade on this scenic shingle beach, sheltered by the White Cliffs and wide harbor walls.

Dover Beach is a picturesque stretch of pebbly beach sheltered by the walls of a harbor and tucked in between the White Cliffs of Dover. The beach and its surrounding harbors are a hive of activity year-round with tourists and locals enjoying the fresh sea air. Stroll along the esplanade and take in the view of Dover Castle up on the cliffs, ferries coming and going on the channel and, on a clear day, the distant shoreline of France.

Explore the beach from a sailboat, sea kayak or paddle boat conveniently available for rent on the beachfront. Kids and adults can enjoy a designated sheltered area for watersports or discover deeper waters with a guided speedboat tour. Cafés, restaurants and shops line the oceanfront. Pack a picnic and head for the cliffs or sit back in a café with a pot of English breakfast tea and see if you can spot the seals in the harbor.

Nature trails and cycle routes meander along the River Dour to Dover Beach Promenade and up to the White Cliffs. Follow the path and head in either direction to experience a landscape that historically has symbolized Great Britain, with its White Cliffs visible from continental Europe.

Dover Beach is a 15-minute walk from the town center and local bus stations. Ample parking as well as public toilets and a boat ramp can be found on the oceanfront. The area is busiest in the summertime, when the weather is ideal for taking a dip in the English Channel and eating fish and chips on the shore. Dover Beach is also a relaxing winter destination where you can warm up with a tumbler of rum in one of the waterfront restaurants and look out to the twinkling lights of ferries and lighthouses at sea.


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Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa £76
Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Dover hotel is in the historical district and within a 5-minute walk of Dover Beach and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dover Priory Station is 12 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 13 minutes.

    Churchill Guest House £85
    Churchill Guest House

    Churchill Guest House

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Dover Museum and Dover Beach. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 15 minutes. Dover Priory Station is 12 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 13 minutes.

      St Martin's Guest House £80
      St Martin's Guest House

      St Martin's Guest House

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Dover, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 15 minutes. Dover Priory Station is 13 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 14 minutes.

        Hubert House £95
        Hubert House

        Hubert House

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 15 minutes. Dover Priory Station is 13 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 13 minutes.

          Castle Guest House £73
          Castle Guest House

          Castle Guest House

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dover, this beach guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dover Museum, Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle. White Cliffs of Dover and Folkestone Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km). Dover Priory Station is 13 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 13 minutes.

            Hostel Alma & Cafe Express £40
            Hostel Alma & Cafe Express

            Hostel Alma & Cafe Express

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dover, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Painted House and Dover Museum. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dover Priory Station and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) are within a 5-minute walk.

              Dover Town Rooms
              Dover Town Rooms

              Dover Town Rooms

                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dover, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 15 minutes. Dover Priory Station is 11 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 11 minutes.

                Loddington House Hotel £74
                Loddington House Hotel

                Loddington House Hotel

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Dover, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Museum. White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dover Priory Station is 20 minutes by foot and DOVER EASTERN DOCKS (Station) is 20 minutes.