Dover Tourist Attractions
Dover (pop. 34,500), whose famous white cliffs can be seen gleaming from afar, is one of Britain's principal cross-channel ports. Ferries continuously arrive here throughout the day and night bringing endless streams of visitors on the first step of journeys throughout the country.
Fishing is a popular activity from the beach, pier or on the sea.Although most visitors pass through Dover on their way elsewhere, the town is actually of some note, not least for its town hall, the Maison Dieu Hall, built in 1203 by Hubert de Brugh as a hostel for pilgrims. The main street has recently become attractively pedestrianized. "The White Cliff Experience", behind the market place, was developed so that people could learn more about the cliffs and important events in the town's history.All that remains of the Roman settlement of Dudris, founded in about A.D.125, is the lighthouse (first century) on Castle Hill, and the Roman Painted House, excavated at the beginning of the 1970s and decorated with important frescoes, in New Street. For many centuries Dover was a bulwark against attacks from the Continent, until World War II, when the town suffered terrible damage because of its role as a marine base.There are two museums the main Dover Museum and the Transport Museum, as well as the Vista Leisure Centre featuring a range of sports and activities.
White Cliffs of Dover
The steep chalk cliffs of Dover, for long both a proud symbol of the "splendid isolation" of England and also the first sign of home visible from afar for returning sea voyagers, are crowned to the east by the mighty castle. The western cliffs bear Shakespeare's name. His play "King Lear" ended here, and the much-used quotation invoked by sight of the cliffs "This precious stone set in the silver sea" comes from "Richard II".THE WHITE CLIFFS EXPERIENCE IS CLOSED - the Gateway Visitor Centre remains open.A new Gateway Visitor Centre has been opened at the White Cliffs of Dover by the National Trust. It has displays, intreptive signs about the area and offers programs about the flora and fauna of the White Cliffs.
Address: Langdon Cliffs, Dover CT16 1HJ, England
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
Entrance fee in GBP: Adult £1.50, Concession or reduced rate £.75
South Foreland Lighthouse
This lighthouse on the White Cliffs of Dover was built in 1843. It has the distinction of being used by Marconi for the first succesful attempts at radio navigation.
Address: St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, England
Opening hours: Mar 1 to Oct 31: 11am-5:30pm; Closed: Tue, Wed
Always opened on: Spring Bank Holiday - Britain (last Monday, May), Summer Bank Holiday - Britain outside Scotland (last Monday, Aug)
Entrance fee in GBP: £4.00, Family £10.00, Group discounts £3.10, Child £1.60
Useful tips: Acess to lighthouse by guided tour only. Car park at Langdon Cliffs (2 miles). No dogs in lighthouse.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Transit: BritRail: Dover Priory
Typical Visit: 1 hour
A memorial to the aviator Louis Blériot - he was the first to fly across the English Channel in 1909 - has been erected in Northfall Meadow, a small wood to the northeast of Dover Castle.
Dover Castle was built in the 12th C, and is one of the earliest concentrically laid out castles.
The Dover Museum was recently opened in the family visitor center in Dover's Market Square. It houses three floors of objects and displays recounting Dover's history.The Dover Museum is home to the world's oldest known seagoing boat - the prehistoric wooden boat is thought to be about 3,000 years old.
Address: Market Square, Dover CT16 1PB, England
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Aug 31: 10am-5:30pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
Sep 1 to Mar 31: 10am-5:30pm; Closed: Sun
Sep 1 to Mar 31: 10am-5:30pm; Closed: Sun
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Entrance fee in GBP: Adult £2.50, Concession or reduced rate £1.50
Old Town Gaol (Jail) (closed)
At the MacFarlanes Garden Centre there are hundreds of free-flying butterflies collected from all over the world.
Dover Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre houses the adult and children's libraries, Adult Education Centre and Dover District Councils Museum together under one roof.
This annual two-week festival brings together performers for classical and contemporary concerts.
The Grand Shaft is a 140-foot triple staircase cut into the White Cliffs. It was built to serve as a shortcut to town for troops on the Western Heights.
Knights Templar Church
Map of Dover Attractions