Dover Castle - English Heritage

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Castle Hill Road
CT16 1HU

    • Phone: 01304 211067

    Dover Castle is an awesome medieval fortress. Standing strong on the iconic White Cliffs, the castle is an imposing symbol of royal power and the country’s historic struggle to maintain independence. From the mighty Great Tower to the depths of the wartime tunnels – dug deep into Dover’s chalk white cliffs, there’s a huge amount to see and do. Experience the fantastic views from the top of the tower and the panorama across the busy harbour from the Fire Command Post. Take a walk around the battlements and enjoy an ice cream by the NAAFI. If the weather turns, you can head underground, and discover the story of Operation Dynamo as well as the Underground Hospital. Above ground, the Great Tower take you back to the Angevin Empire, where you can experience life in a true medieval castle. There's also the medieval tunnels, the Saxon church, a Roman Lighthouse and more. Take a journey through England's story in a memorable day out from Medieval times to the 20th century.

    Further information

    Opening Hours:

    For up to date opening times, visit the English Heritage website. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Last tunnel tours depart 1 hour before closing. Recommend allow 4hrs to a full day for a first visit.


    For up to date prices, visit the English Heritage website. Overseas Visitor Passes, and English Heritage Membership are also both available to purchase at admission.


    • English Heritage
    • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
    • Historic Scotland

    Travel directions:

    Follow signs for Dover along the M2/A2 or the M20/A20. By train, Dover Priory Station is approximately one hour from London St Pancras by High Speed. Visit the Southeastern website for details of train times and prices. Dover Priory is approx a 20min walk from the castle, or a 5min taxi ride.

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    Facilities and services


    • Education facilities available
    • Parking for disabled available
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Wheelchair access to some public areas
    • Wheelchairs available for loan
    • Baby changing facilities
    • Buggy parking facilities
    • High chairs in café/restaurant
    • Facilities for private functions and events
    • Cafeteria
    • Dogs welcome
    • Public car park
    • Toilets

    Facilities information:

    The castle has two cafes and a separate restaurant. Parking is free and on site, although on busy days parking may be off site with a free minibus shuttle into the centre of the site. There is a free land train around the castle to help get about, and mobility scooters are available to book in advance by calling the castle on 01304 211 067.


    • Academic publications and resources available
    • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
    • Events and resources for children and families
    • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
    • General guide to collections available
    • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
    • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
    • Guided tours
    • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
    • Volunteering scheme offered
    • Community outreach programme/service
    • Primary school education service available
    • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
    • Secondary school education service available

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