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Dover
Travel Guide

Discover the “Lock and Key to England” with its iconic white cliff coastline, charming gardens and historic castles.

The busy port town of Dover sits among the immense White Cliffs that historically represented England in times of exploration and war. Located just 21 miles (34 kilometers) from continental Europe, Dover is the ancient gateway to England from the sea. People from prehistoric, Stone and Bronze ages through to Roman, Saxon and medieval times have called this area of outstanding natural beauty home. Dover has the busiest passenger ferry port in the world and offers a wide range of natural, coastal and historic attractions.

Kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the English Channel at Dover Beach, a scenic beach sheltered on either side by the harbor walls. The beach is located a 15-minute walk from Dover town center and features stylish seafront restaurants, cafés and a picturesque harbor promenade. Follow the network of footpaths and bicycle trails that meander along the River Dour to the White Cliffs of Dover.

Pack a picnic and wander along the cliff tops to the South Foreland Lighthouse. Marvel at the breathtaking views that span across the English Channel. On a clear day, catch a glimpse of the coast of France. Spot the diverse range of birds that live among the white chalk cliffs and see beautiful wildflowers blooming in summer.

Medieval history comes to life in Dover Castle, the incredibly well-preserved 12th-century fortress that has views over the town and out to sea. Experience the royal court life within the ancient battlements and discover secret tunnels used in World War II. Drive 20 minutes north of Dover and you can explore another fortress at Walmer Castle and Gardens. Discover more about Dover’s rich heritage at the Dover Museum.

Dover is in Kent County, in southeast England. The town is included in the Southeastern train network and buses conveniently serve East Kent. Dover’s picturesque seaside scenery is best enjoyed in the warmer months, as the cooling coastal winds can be prevalent in winter. Enjoy plenty of indoor attractions when the famous English drizzle sets in. The cliffs are astonishingly beautiful year-round.

Top hotels in Dover

Holiday Inn Dover
Holiday Inn Dover
4 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dover Transport Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Dover Castle. Pencester Gardens and Roman Painted House are ...

4/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"When we got there the cot bed that i asked for wasn't in the room. The gentleman on the desk got it right away, and we had a drink in the room. He was friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Holiday Inn Dover
Churchill Guest House
Churchill Guest House
4 out of 5
The price is £112 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Dover Museum and Dover Beach. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Cruise Terminal are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)
Best BnB

"Amazing place, first class service. Clean and spacious room. Communication is great, thanks Alex for all your help."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2020

Churchill Guest House
Marquis Of Granby
Marquis Of Granby
5 out of 5
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Situated near the beach, this luxury inn is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Battle of Britain Memorial and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kent Battle of Britain Museum and Dover ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)
Hot bath on a cold day

"We loved this place. Some real luxury tucked away in the countryside. Very decadent room with a lovely roll top bath, incredibly peaceful and we enjoyed a decent meal and good breakfast. Perfect getaway for an autumnal weekend."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Marquis Of Granby
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Dover

Little Yaffle
Little Yaffle
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Dover, this cottage is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from St Margaret's Bay Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle. Dover Beach ...

Little Yaffle
Dover Town Rooms
Dover Town Rooms
2.5 out of 5
The price is £65 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb

Situated in Dover, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Pencester Gardens and Dover Beach. Dover Castle and Dover Western Docks Cruise Terminal are ...

3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)

"This is really a review of Expedia, not Kent Escapes and Dover Town Rooms, who had closed the latter for long-term water-damage repairs. Apparently they told Expedia this, who replied that they'd note the change, then cancel and refund outstanding reservations. That didn't happen in my case, which ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019

Dover Town Rooms
Large flat in Regency property next to Dover Port and White Cliffs with parking
Large flat in Regency property next to Dover Port and White Cliffs with parking
27 E Cliff, Dover, ENG
The price is £96 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb

Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kent Downs and Dover Beach. White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Eastern Docks Ferry ...

2/5 (3 reviews)
Not what we expected

"While the location in Dover is excellent, the property was disappointing. The property appeared unattended and our apartment wasn't well cleaned. The picture on the VRBO website made me believe the unit was of a much higher quality. While Dover was amazing, the accommodation was the low point of ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

Large flat in Regency property next to Dover Port and White Cliffs with parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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