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Dover Castle

Castle Hill, Dover, South East England

The Basics

Once known as the Gateway to England, Dover Castle was one of the country’s most strategically important fortresses and was in use as a military base through WWII. Visit to immerse yourself in the castle’s centuries-long history: Take a tour of the Great Tower, accompanied by either costumed performers or lifelike holograms; walk the battlements; see an underground hospital used in WWII; and visit the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum.

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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
$137.21 per adult
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Excellent tour!
Nicholas is a very knowledgeable tour guide; witty and with a great sense of humor. We enjoyed every step of the tour and had additional time to wonder around.
Rosemarie_B, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in South East England

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Great Tour
Susan_K, Dec 2021
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Our tour guide Brendan was very knowledgeable. Dover Castle was a great tour and the cliffs beautiful, with exception of the fog. Skip the war tunnel as the presentation is way too long and takes time you could spend at the castle. Canterbury Cathedral was exceptional, especially the crypt and courtyard where Harry Potter filmed. Shops and eateries in Canterbury were fun.
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Great trip and excellent guide, Sheila!
JohnRobert_T, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
The tour was great. The coach was clean and comfortable. Evans Evans location was easy to find and the staff were friendly and efficient. Our guide, Sheila, was absolutely amazing! She was so knowledgeable and friendly. She gave great information and history at each site, as well as along the journey to each stop. She absolutely made the trip so special. I would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Sheila did an excellent...
Heather_B, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Sheila did an excellent job taking us through Kent, Dover and Canterbury. Our driver was great as well.
star-5
Comforting
Mark_H, Nov 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
The tour guide was nice and had a nice personality he new what he was talking about very knowledgeable. The town of Canterbury was a nice place to visit. Nice church
star-5
Our driver Andy is such an asset to this company
Kristin_R, Oct 2021
Small Group Canterbury, Dover Castle and Cliffs & Kent Villages Day Tour
This minibus, driven be an excellent driver named Andy, got us into places and spaces that a large tour bus cannot physically get into! Enjoyed a Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Ale at The White Horse in Chilham as a bonus!! 5 star service
star-5
Had a wonderful time. ...
Gary_R, Sep 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Had a wonderful time. Guide and Driver were outstanding. The castle was beautiful and Canterbury was so inspiring.
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Amazing
KshyamaM_S, Dec 2020
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
It was a wonderful experience with you. As per COVID situation you did extra care for everyone. Tour was amazing as well. Thank you
star-5
Good experience, great guide
Tracy, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The tour guide, Tony, was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed visiting Leeds Castle and seeing the cliffs especially. We ended up seeing the cliffs from afar from the beach. Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful, but is under construction right now.
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Leeds Castle and Canterbury tour
Alan_L, Feb 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
I went Leeds Castle and Canterbury. It was fun to see the castle which the grounds and the castle are beautiful. Stopped at Dover to see the White Cliffs. Dover is a great little place by the Channel. Pablo was friendly and very knowledgeable about the history. This was a half English and Spanish speaking tour. I met some great people and had a good time. I would definitely do the tour again!
star-5
It was great and would do it again!
sm3373, Dec 2019
Luxury Private Vehicle Day Hire from & to London via Leeds Castle & Dover Castle
The private vehicle experience was worth it. Dave was very knowledgeable about the sights we were visiting and got us to our destinations without any issues. He was also very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed at each location to ensure we had the best experience possible. We liked the service so much that we used him two more times while we were in London. Highly recommend.
star-4
Lovely experience
Mariyam_A, Jun 2021
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Communication was perfect. Timings spot on. Would've preferred a bit more time at white cliffs of Dover. But overall fantastic experience. Our guide Kirsten and driver Clive were very friendly and lovely people. I would consider booking through Anderson tours in the future.
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Dover with Delays
Doug_L, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
We enjoyed our day. Our guide, Kevin, managed the time well in spite of a couple of accidents and road delays we had a good visit at each site. Our driver, Ben was amazing. Well done.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours of the castle’s Secret Wartime Tunnels run several times an hour and typically last for 50 minutes.

  • You must take a guided tour to visit the Underground Hospital.

  • There’s an on-site restaurant, café, tearoom, and ice cream parlor, as well as two gift shops.

  • Steep slopes, cobblestones, and gravel paths may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

  • Only the ground floor of the Great Tower is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Dover Castle sits near the Port of Dover, on the southeast coast of England, and is easily accessible by both private vehicle and public transit. The closest train station is Dover Priory, and the 15, 15X, 80, 80A, and 93 buses all stop close to Dover Castle. Visitors arriving by car should follow the A2 and A258 roads. There’s free on-site parking.

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When to Get There

Dover Castle is generally open from late morning until early evening in warmer months (April–October) and on weekends in colder months (November–March). Opening hours vary throughout the year, so check the schedule prior to your visit. The on-site tearoom and ice cream parlor open seasonally, while the restaurant and café are open on the same days as the castle.

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Medieval English Castles

Dover Castle is the largest castle in England, but it’s not the only one worth exploring. Stop by Warwick Castle—another fortress built on the orders of William the Conqueror—for an insight into the torturous tactics of medieval England, or pay a visit to the Tower of London for a look at the Crown Jewels and Beefeaters.

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