things to do in Dover

10 Places to Visit in Dover – Get your Boots on!

Dover CastleHere’s the top 10 of places to visit in Dover! Get your boots on and start your trip!

Dover is a small English town. When I call it “small”, I mean its size, but not its meaning. Dover is situated at the narrowest part of English Channel. The town faces beautiful France. There are only a few towns in England that have a French name – and Dover is one of them.
Highly recommended coming to Dover for people, who like small, but very noble towns with its wisdom and history. But Dover is not only meaningful from the historical point of view, it is also very beautiful.
Here’s the top 10 of places to visit in Dover! Get your boots on and start your trip!

1. Dover Castle
Dover Castle night

Dover castle was called “the Key to England”. Due to the castle, a lot of invasions were stopped just here and the invaders couldn’t go further and capture the whole of England.   To visit it will cost you quite a lot – but you will spend at least three hours here, so it costs that money.

First of all visitors prefer to book the tour and go along the war tunnels. The guide will tell you about the battles and invasion that took place here. Even if you are not a geek of history, you will fond of the stories from the guide.

Later you can walk by yourself and study the surroundings. Dover Castle is a good place to visit for family rest, for an interesting tour with your couple – or by yourself to enjoy the beauty of the castle and spend some time in the open air.
Dover Castle

Dover Castle Address:  Castle Hill, Dover, Kent CT16 1HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1304 211067
Dover Castle opening times: Open every day 10:00 – 18:00

2. White Cliffs Walking Festival
White Cliffs Walking Festival

Every year in August White Cliffs walking Festival takes place in Dover. It is a great event that helps to kill several hares with one gun. Thus you can enjoy the picturesque views of the town. Besides you can get great sport workout, walking 12 miles or more along the hills. And finally you can learn new interesting tips from the history of the town.

The festival is organized by the group of local volunteers. Different kinds of routs are created for the inhabitants of Dover and its visitors. More than 40 kinds of walks are worked out by the team of the festival –most of them are free and some of them have really small fee of £2. The walks around the beautiful Dover in late summer are a great pleasure to anyone and the opportunity to make new friends as well!
White Cliffs Walking Festival

Festival Dates: Thursday 27th August to Wednesday 2nd September

Telephone:  07762 752525

Travel to White Cliffs Country:
By Road
Take the M20 or M2 (A2) to Dover, then the A258 to Deal.

By Rail
Main line trains run from London Charing Cross directly to Dover and Deal.
High speed trains run from London St Pancras to Dover Priory or to Deal.

3. Dover Transport Museum
Dover Transport Museum

The museum is very interesting to visit. There are two permanent exhibitions here. They are devoted to vintage models of cars. The first British lorry, the renovated version of Roman caravan and huge American ships are present in the collections of the museum. All kinds of transport can be found here.

For the lovers of old Dover – and for those, who want to know, how the old city looked like, the pictures of the streets are present. The autos, that used to ride along the streets, can also be seen and studied by the visitors. Take your time at weekend and go there – you will learn a lot of new facts about cars and other kinds of transport.
Dover Transport Museum

Dover Transport Museum Address:  Willingdon Rd, Dover, Kent CT16 2HQ, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 1304 822409

E-mail:  info@dovertransportmuseum.org.uk

Dover Transport Museum opening times:

To Friday 20th March 2015
Sundays Only – 10:30 – 15:00
Last Entry

Saturday 21st March 2015 to the end of October 2015
Wednesday, Saturday, Sundays & Bank Holidays – 10:30 – 17:00
Last Entry 16:15

Admission Prices 2015
Adults: £6.00
Children: £4.00 (Age 5 – 16)

Winter Opening November 1st 2015 to March 2016
Sundays Only – 10:30 – 15:00
Last Entry 14:15

4. The Pines Garden
The Pines Garden

This site consists of three pieces – the garden itself, the museum and the tea room. The garden is the ideal place to walk in any time of the year. Extremely fresh air, full of pines aroma can make children and adults not just calm and happy, but also much healthier.

The museum should be visited with grandparents, who remember the time of World War II. Here the lifestyle of the small village during the war is presented. The guns they used, the costumes they wore and the pine garden as it looked like in 1940s are shown to modern children and their parents.
If you are tired from walks along the museum and the garden, enjoy a cup of hot sweet tea in the Tea Room.

The Pines Garden Address:  Beach Rd, St Margaret’s at Cliffe, Dover CT15,  United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1304 853173

The Pines Garden opening times:
Tea Room & Museum 10:00 – 17:00
Garden 10:00 – 17:00
Open Daily – April to September
Wednesday to Sunday – October to March

The Pines Garden tickets price:
Adults: £4.00
Concessions: £2.50
Children: £1.50

5. Samphire Hoe
Samphire Hoe

It is a park that is located 2 miles away from Dover. It was built from chalk mari, which was taken from the bottom of Channel Tunnel.
The only one way that leads to the park is a single track tunnel. It is possible to spend the whole day here, as you can find all necessary venues – cafes, car parking and toilets.

It is a good idea to come with a child here. The place is very natural and beautiful. You can walk along its paths and admire the views of the sea and the cliffs from morning till evening. If you become hungry, you can go to the refreshments room and have a snack there. An interesting walk, many new photos and a day in the open air can be recommended to anyone as the great day out!
Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe Address:  Samphire Hoe, Dover CT17 9FL, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 7747 310275

E-mail:  paul.holt@whitecliffscountryside.org.uk

Samphire Hoe opening times: 7:00 until dusk every day of the year.
Samphire Hoe

6. St. Margaret Bay Beach
St. Margaret's Bay Beach

If you are the guest of Dover, to visit this place is a must have for you. Great and beautiful pebble beach suits for bathing, swimming and getting tan. At the same time you can just walk here on a warm summer evening even if you are not the fan of bathing.

It is possible to hire a boat and go for a trip along the sea. St. Margaret Bay Beach is recommended for families and for couples as it is not just beautiful and very romantic, but also useful for health, especially for people with respiratory diseases.
St. Margaret's Bay Beach
St. Margaret’s Bay Beach Address:  Reach Rd, St Margaret’s at Cliffe, Dover, Kent CT15 6AG, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1304 853262

7. St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church

It is situated in the heart of the town. The Church invites Christians from different parts of our planet during the last 900 years. They say long ago it was the Saxon Church here. The building is old and impressive, it was founded in the 12th century and probably Romans used to come here.
This site will be interesting to people, who share the Christian faith and even for those, who like to visit massive historical buildings.
St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church Address:  High St, Dover, Kent CT17 0SS,  United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1304 216296

8. Movie Theatres
Movie Theater

If you are the tourist in Dover, get the ticket to one of movie theatres. Different kinds of movies for adults and children can be watched here. If you have some free time at weekend, buy the ticket, get popcorn and enjoy two or three hours in silence.

9. The Lanes
The Lanes

If you are more than 18, it is the time to drink a glass of beer or real British ale. “The Lanes” is the place with very polite and fast staff and so cozy atmosphere, that it resembles your home. The drinks are so tasty, that you are for sure to book another glass. Come here and spend calm and free evening – with a spouse or by yourself!
The Lanes
The Lanes Address:  9aq, 15 Worthington St, Dover CT17 9AQ, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 7504 258332

10. Western Heights
Western Heights

It is a big fortress that was built in the 19th century to protect English people from French invasion. The building is very old, but the most part of it was restored, so the visitors can imagine clearly, how the forts looked like. There are a lot of steps and tunnels here to be examined, so if you are mobile enough, you should come here and spend the whole busy day!

Western Heights  Address:  Military Road, Dover, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 0370 333 1181

Western Heights opening times: 
Work days are held by WHPS on a regular basis. Non-members will be charged £5 for entry and EH members are charged £2.50 as this is a special event. All under-18-year-olds are free.

As you see, Dover is unforgettable. Anyone can find the activity he is interested at – it may be sports activity, visiting the museum or spending a couple of hours in a pub. In any case you can enjoy your free time and feel the unique atmosphere of the city!