Dover Castle Overview

Explore Dover Castle, the longest-serving fortress in England. Dover Castle has some of the most extraordinary stories to tell. When you explore the secret wartime tunnels along the white cliffs of Dover Castle, you can experience the atmosphere of a world war II hospital. Witness the evacuation of Dunkirk. The real-life footage, as well as special effects, will bring the history of this castle into real life. Explore the castle and its role in both world wars and a recreated world war I port war signalling station.

Step into the Dover castle, and explore the grandeur of this mediaeval palace that once belonged to Henry II in the Great Tower. You will be amazed to see the rooms that are vividly recreated as well as filled with all the colourful furnishings. Stop imagining and witness a castle with its royal ambition. The rooftop of this Dover castle will give you the most spectacular and incredible views of the English Channel. There are more than 80 acres of land in this castle that you will love to discover. It is one of the greatest fortresses in England. Due to its immense historical significance, it is known as the 'key to England'. It was used for massive defences against wars in the 11th century. The underground tunnels of the Dover castle were built to move, live, and plan safely. This castle has the most advanced design in Europe, making it an integral stop for travelers embarking on an enriching Europe tour packages. It also forms a popular pilgrimage route to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. This is one of the major tourist attractions in England and attracts thousands of tourists every month. The whole site of Dover castle will elevate to the next level when you visit this castle's lighthouse, wartime tunnels, and church.


• A walk through the secret wartime tunnels in the Dover castle's cliffs forms one of this castle's main highlights. The special effects, as well as dramatic projections, will give you a real gist of the rescue of the British army.
• The great tower will give you an immense experience of this fortress-like you are in a medieval palace. Finally, you meet the costumed characters of Aquitaine, like the queen Eleanor.
• Explore the recreated fire command post of world war I, which will give you a feel of military headquarters. It is the one and only site in the world of British 3-inch guns working.
• Discover the oldest lighthouse in the country, which is surviving today. This lighthouse of Dover Castle is one of the oldest in the world.
• The interior of this castle is the main thing to see, which can not be missed. The vivid rooms, architecture, and paintings on the walls are must-see.

How To Reach

The main station that serves the port town of Dover is Dover Priory Station. This station forms the southern terminus from the Charing cross station of the south eastern main line. It takes a few minutes from this station to reach Dover castle.

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Best Time To Visit

The best season to visit Dover castle is in winter. The castle opens from Sunday to Monday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The weekend days are busier so you can also visit on weekdays.

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Other Essential Information

  • Many eateries within the castle offer a wide variety of refreshments. 
  • An outdoor seating facility with a takeaway service is also available at the Naafi restaurant. 
  • It is not necessary to book tickets to the diver castle in advance; if you do so, you may get some offers or discounts.

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Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Point of Interest for Dover Castle
Member Event

Member Event

Every year, a members' event, Stone Hut, is organised with a talk that focuses on the Dover castle's specific collection and planning processes. There is also a chance where you can see specific objects and things close that are displayed after decades.

Pirates Event

Pirates Event

Another pirate event of seeing pirates is also organised in Dover castle. This year it takes place from 30 July to 31 July 2022. It shows the spectacular adventure of pirates fighting. Listen to the tales of barnacles and bounty.

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