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Dover’s position, right on the tip of the UK overlooking France, has given it an impressive two thousand year old castle - we’ve been watching out for the French for at least that long. The breathtaking white cliffs are another main attraction - a big ‘welcome!’ to whoever’s arriving via boat across the channel. Some of the best places to stay in Dover afford a view of these cliffs.
What Not To Miss
- As mentioned above, the castle and cliffs are two of the most famous landmarks associated with Dover and are really not to be missed.
- Within Dover’s castle are the remains of a Roman lighthouse which dates back to the 1st century and might be the oldest building in Britain. Within the Great Tower, which dates from the 12th Century, are a number of exhibitions taking you back to the time of Henry II.
- It’s the castle’s famous wartime tunnels which are a big draw, a warren cut through the chalk which was begun in the Napoleonic wars and expanded during WW2 until eventually it was large enough to house a command centre and hospital. It was here that operation Dynamo - or the evacuation of the thousands of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk - was coordinated and there’s an interactive exhibition telling the tale.
- Dover also has a very poignant Battle of Britain memorial, complete with a collection of vintage airplanes,
- The Dover Museum has become the most recent resting place for a 3,500 year old wooden boat which was found preserved in mud several years ago.
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer and our pick of the best places to stay in Dover feature a charming restaurant with rooms just out of town and a hotel at the foot of the famous white cliffs.
For the views
- Wallett's Court Country House is an old Jacobean manor house with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside and towards the white cliffs. There are 17 rustic bedrooms, a spa and restaurant.
- The White Cliffs Hotel & Trading Co. is a charming hotel at the base of the White Cliffs of Dover with views all the way over to France. There is a walled rose-garden, tennis courts and a very fresh seafood restaurant.
For a restaurant with rooms
- Surrounded by green, The Marquis at Alkham is a ten room restaurant with rooms in the Alkham Valley. Inside the house there are modern, chic bedrooms and fantastic food. There are also separate cottages to rent if you like a little more independence.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a selection of properties ideal for exploring the town and all its sights.
- Fly to Gatwick Airport located 125km (78 miles) from Dover. The airport is large and has connections to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond.
- Catch a train to Dover with high-speed connections to London taking just over an hour.
- Or take a ferry to Dover, with the popular cross-chanel route occurring regularly to Calais and Dunkirk.
- If you want to rent a car to explore the beautiful coastline, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Best time to visit - the summer months from June to early December provide the warmest weather to enjoy all the beaches near Dover and other outdoor activities.
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Best Hotels in Dover
The White Cliffs Hotel 16 rooms from £130Dover, Kent
Charming hotel at the feet of the White Cliffs of Dover. Rooms are modern and stylish, some with rustic touches - wooden beams and four poster beds. Family friendly, with beautiful views of the French coastline. Guests can relax in the beach garden and enjoy breakfast on the terrace in summer.Spa - Garden of England Spa is a 15-minute walk from the propertySurfing - Available at sites close to the hotelViews - Overlooking the English ChannelSeaside - On the White Cliffs of DoverRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Wallett's Court Country House 17 rooms from £140Dover, Kent
Old Jacobean manor house in country setting. Views over sweeping landscape towards white cliffs. Rustic bedrooms, spa, restaurant.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolFour poster beds - For romantics.SpaRecommended by - Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays