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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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Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
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Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
$128.89 per adult
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Excellent destination and wonderful tour guide.
Visiting Dover castle and cliffs. Travel Gide Hailey gave very good orientation prior to each tour. Bus was comfortable, I appreciated a pick up close to my hotel
Galina_O, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in South East England

star-5
Great Day, comfortable car and David great host
Kimberly_S, Jul 2022
Luxury Private Vehicle Day Hire from & to London via Leeds Castle & Dover Castle
David was great driver/host - vehicle was clean, roomy, well kept, provided waters, snacks, took you to places not accessible by bus. Went extra mile so we could see Leeds castle after spending extra time at Dover Castle
star-5
Great way to see Dover and Canterbury
Stacy_K, Jun 2022
Small Group Canterbury, Dover Castle and Cliffs & Kent Villages Day Tour
This tour was a very full day, and showed us wonderful experiences outside of Central London. By using a small group format, we were able to get down to the bottom of the Cliffs. I was completely surprised by Dover Castle and would love to go back. Canterbury was such a treat and we felt like we had plenty of time. The guide, Johny, was fantastic and kept it very lively.
star-5
Beautiful & Memorable Day
Daniel_B, Jul 2022
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Ive been on trips and tours across the world over the past decade and this had been my favourite by far. Its a good value for money as well. Dover Castle was historic and gorgeous, but the true gem was Canterbury Cathedral. Our guide and coach driver were fun and friendly-they Were the icing on top of the cake. I would gladly use this company again and recommend them!
star-4
Hiking the white cliffs!
Eric_C, May 2022
Luxury Private Vehicle Day Hire from & to London via Leeds Castle & Dover Castle
Our guide was friendly and went out of his way to be accommodating to what we wanted to do and see. He let us rearrange the schedule for the day to allow us to customize the experience to our liking. Vehicle was very clean and comfortable!
star-5
Great tour!
Audrey_G, May 2022
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Great tour guide. Well timed stops. Fascinating sites. Highly recommend! Bus was modern and clean. Five stars
star-5
Loved it!
lauren_b, Aug 2022
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
This was our 3rd tour this trip through Evan Evans tours and twice we had Kevin as our guide and he is AMAZING! Very knowledgeable and funny! We all loved having him as our guide. 10/10 highly recommended
star-5
A delightful day!
Robert_F, Aug 2022
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Our guide, David, was exceptional! He was very knowledgeable about England and was easy to listen to with his delightful British accent.
star-5
Leeds castle was very...
Dimitrios_K, Aug 2022
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Leeds castle was very nice and well preserved. The cliffs of Dover were marvellous and Canterbury cathedral was magnificent. A very enjoyable day.
star-4
Great way to see with someone else doing the driving!
CD_S, Jul 2022
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover & Greenwich River Boat Ride
Was a good tour - Tish was a great host and our driver Duma was the best we have had and made it possible for us to see the White Cliffs (traffic was horrible) - all in all not our fav tour but none the less a good one.
star-5
Golden tours coach was...
Atar_M, Jul 2022
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover & Greenwich River Boat Ride
Golden tours coach was modern and excellent, with a computer display at every seat. The tour guide PABLO was very knowledgeable and helpful. And the places visited - Leeds castle, Canterbury, Dover and Thames river cruise - were beautiful and worth visiting. The entire countryside during road travel was quite scenic as well.
star-5
Almost a five
Carmen_B, Jul 2022
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
The castle, Canterbury & the Cathedral. Wish we had more than 20 mins at the Dover Cliff beach. Wish we could get closer to the Dover castle for a good pictures.
star-5
Well paced fun trip
Adrian_X, Jul 2022
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
A well paced tour with our very pleasant tour guide Sophie. Had a relaxed and fun day. Highly recommend!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Dover Castle?
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