A striking memorial to those who flew and those who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain stands on the White Cliffs between Dover and Folkestone at Capel le Ferne. It is an ideal location and one which was all too familiar to both the RAF and the Luftwaffe during that desperate summer of 1940. During the battle of Britain, the RAF lost 544 aircrew and many more service and civilian personnel, both British and German, were also killed.
Heritage site, Castle or defences
Visitors have access to the Memorial at any time but the facilities are open from 1st April until 30th September each year from 11.00-17.00 daily. Closing time in Autumn is earlier.
The site is free to visit.
At the visitors' centre, Hunting Lodge, light refreshments are available together with an interesting range of souvenir items. There is ample free parking for cars and coaches. Toilet facilities, including those for the disabled, are provided.
The nearest station is Folkestone and there is a bus service which covers the one and a half miles to the site. By car, the Memorial is approached from either Dover or Folkestone via the B2011, and is less than 20 minutes away from the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial at RAF Manston.
The Memorial consists of a pilot in a thoughtful mood, gazing out across the Channel, thinking of his friends long overdue on their return, and of his next sortie. He is seated on a sandstone plinth on which are carved all the crests of the squadrons which participated in the Battle. The stone figure is located at the centre of three propellers, each 38 metres long, cut into the chalk cliff and set within a spectacular grassed arena. Visitors to the site at Capel Le Ferne can walk around the arena and contemplate those whose bravery and sacrifice contributed to the saving of our country in her hour of need. There are, on a fine day, stunning views across the Channel over which much of the Battle was fought.
An impressive millenium wall, designed, constructed in decorative coloured bricks and donated by students of South Kent College, stands on the north side of the car park, commemorating the battle fought in the skies above Folkestone in 1940.
Aviation, Fine Art, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Battle of Britain memorial sculpture
Battle of Britain Memorial
New Dover Road
During opening hours