Dover Castle, Wartime Tunnels, Ghosts And A Roman Lighthouse

Since we began publishing local tourism features in the year 2000 Dover Castle has been one of the most frequently used. Our ghosts at Dover Castle feature is equally well supported. If you've been to the Castle we'd welcome your feedback. Follow this link if you want to see more great places to visit in Kent.

Its proximity to mainland Europe has made Dover an important defensive location since at least the Iron Age. As a Hill Fort, site for a Roman Beacon, Anglo Saxon Fortress, Earthwork Castle then as a Norman Castle and beyond, Dover Castle developed into a near impregnable strategic centre.

There isn't enough space here to talk at any length about the incredible historical heritage that is Dover Castle, suffice to say it is a must see attraction for residents of and visitors to Kent. The current thinking is that there were defensive earthworks on the site at least since the Iron Age. The physical remains become clearer during the Roman occupation. One of the two Roman lighthouses built in Dover remains on the castle site. The status of Dover grew over the centuries but the reign of Henry II saw the most important developments to the building.

For today's tourists there is much to see associated with the structure's long history. But perhaps the WWII is the strongest theme visible to visitors. The NAAFI restaurant is open throughout the year with an additional Tea Bar open during the high season. The Castle is also open for private functions. Good facilities for wheelchair users, visually impaired or hearing impaired visitors and there is parking right next to the castle.

Start your visit in the morning as a good look round can take several hours. A great day out that few will fail to enjoy.


There is wheelchair access for most of the Castle except for upper floors. Visit the website or call the Castle direct 01304 211067.

2012 Opening Hours:

  • 1 April to 31 July 2012 - 10am to 6pm
  • 1 August to 31 August 2012 - 9.30am to 6pm
  • 1 September to 30 September 2012 - 10am to 6pm
  • 1 October to 4 November 2012 - 10am to 5pm
  • 5 November 2012 to 17 February 2013
    • Monday to Friday closed
    • Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

2012 Prices:

  • Adult: £13.40
  • Children:£6.70
  • Concession: £11.40
  • English Heritage Members:Free
  • Family Ticket: £33.50
  • Includes Secret Wartime Tunnels tour. Additional charges for members and non-members may apply on event days

Contact details

You'll find the Castle at

  • Castle Hill, Dover; Kent, CT16 1HU
  • 0870 3331181
  • Events 01304 211067
  • English Heritage

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