The Southeast Sights

Dover Castle

  • Castle Rd. Map It
  • Dover
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Spectacular and with plenty to explore, Dover Castle, towering high above the ramparts of the white cliffs, is a mighty medieval castle that has served as an important strategic center over the centuries. Most of the castle, including the keep, dates to Norman times. It was begun by Henry II in 1181 but incorporates additions from almost every succeeding century. The Great Tower recreates how the opulent castle would have looked in Henry's time, complete with sound effects, interactive displays, and courtly characters in medieval costume. History jumps forward the better part of a millennium (and becomes rather more sober in the telling) as you venture down into the recently opened Secret Wartime Tunnels. Dover Castle played a surprisingly dramatic role in World War II, and these well-thought-out interactive galleries tell the complete story. The tunnels themselves, originally built during the Napoleonic Wars, were used as a top-secret nerve center in the fight against Hitler.

Sight Information

Address:

Castle Rd., Dover, CT16 1HU, England

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Phone:

01304-211067

Sight Details:

  • £17.50
  • Apr.–July and Sept., daily 10–6; Aug., daily 9:30–6; Oct.–early Nov., daily 10–5; mid-Nov.–Mar., weekends 10–4

Published 08/18/2015

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