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Dover Castle

Unparalleled views of the English Channel, secret wartime tunnels and the “Key to England” await discovery at this cliffside medieval castle.

Dover Castle sits grandly on top of the White Cliffs of Dover and has been Great Britain’s front line against invasion for more than 20 centuries. Medieval chambers, complex military defenses and secret wartime tunnels await explorers of the largest castle in England. Founded in the 12th century, the “Key to England” has had a long and dramatic history. Its informative tours bring the past into the present day.

Experience medieval court life in the Great Tower, once the royal court of King Henry II. Kids will enjoy the recreated regal palace and its costumed characters, including the King and Queen, which bring these historical figures and their stories to life.

The Dover Castle fortress walls were used for protection and defense for the British, even in World War II and the Cold War. Discover the labyrinth of tunnels that concealed an underground hospital.

Wander across the castle grounds and enjoy unparalleled views across the English Channel. Visit the Anglo-Saxon Church and the ruins of a Roman lighthouse. A gently sloping path follows the battlements above the cliffs to the Admiralty Lookout. Buy some lunch and a drink at the on-site restaurant and café and stop by the Dover Castle souvenir shop as you leave.

Dover Castle is located on top of Castle Hill, approximately 1 mile (1.2 kilometers) from the center of town. The castle is easily accessible by car and offers free on-site parking. A local bus route and a cycle path also run through the area.

Ticket prices include a tour of the tunnels and access to the castle grounds. Dover Castle has limited opening hours throughout the colder months and during public holidays, so check ahead to avoid disappointment. A full day is recommended to explore the castle and its surroundings, so pack a picnic or some English scones and take a break in the royal gardens.


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Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

Dover Waterfront, Waterloo Crescent, Dover
3.8
of 5, from 683 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Dover hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Dover Beach and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£54
Hubert House

Hubert House

9 Castle Hill Road, Dover
4.2
of 5, from 113 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, 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 1 mile (2 km).

Castle Guest House

Castle Guest House

10 Castle Hill Road, Dover
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£58
Loddington House Hotel

Loddington House Hotel

14 East Cliff, Dover
3.9
of 5, from 178 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dover, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Museum. Dover Castle is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

£32
The Park Inn

The Park Inn

1 Park Place, Dover
2.7
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dover, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Museum. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Salisbury House

Salisbury House

59 Salisbury Road, Dover
3.5
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dover, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Painted House and Dover Museum. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Hostel Alma & Cafe Express

Hostel Alma & Cafe Express

37 Folkestone Road, Dover
0.0 out of 5.0

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).

£58
Penmarnja Self Catering

Penmarnja Self Catering

81 Folkestone Road, Dover
2.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dover, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Painted House and Dover Museum. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal are also within 2 miles (3 km).