Dover Castle - English Heritage

Dover Castle - English Heritage
Dover
Kent
CT16 1HU
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle/

Telephone

01304 211067

Fax

01304 214739

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An exterior view of Dover Castle
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Set high above the famous white cliffs, Dover Castle boasts a colourful and fascinating history. Re-live the turbulent war years as you discover the labyrinth of Secret Wartime Tunnels built deep within the cliffs. Walk through the rooms where Sir Admiral Ramsay planned the “miracle of Dunkirk” and tour the underground hospital as you follow the story of a wounded wartime pilot. Above ground, don’t miss the Admiralty Lookout, where you can learn about the techniques used to detect enemy ships and even try your hand at Morse code! Also take time to explore the atmospheric medieval underground tunnels, see one of Europe’s best-preserved Roman lighthouses and walk the extensive battlements.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1-31 Oct daily 10am-5pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb daily 10am-4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

Free Entry. 16.00 / 14.40 / 9.60 / 41.60 Includes Secret Wartime Tunnels tour. Additional charges for members and non-members may apply on event days

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!

  • 26 — 31 August 2014

King Henry II is raising an army! The Holy Roman Emperor has exiled Henry’s daughter Matilda from her rightful lands in Saxony and now she calls upon her powerful father to reclaim what is rightfully hers. King Henry, fresh from new strife with his sons Richard and John, has decreed that every free man in England must be ready to defend this island’s shores. Are you ready to join Henry’s army and fight for the king? If you are, then join the muster at his Great Tower of Dover and await arming and equipping before practising battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may catch the eye of the greatest king in Christendom and his beautiful daughter!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Siege!

  • 23 — 25 August 2014 *on now

Experience the atmosphere and drama as the medieval castle comes under attack. Witness the opposing forces prepare for battle as you step into the living history encampments, then see their attack launched against the mighty castle with their powerful trebuchet. Meet our entertaining jesters and try out your circus skills. Immerse yourself in the medieval music, cooking and crafts, and be sure to catch the displays of weapons and archery below the bailey walls. Come to the castle this bank holiday and be part of the action.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Medieval Falconry

  • 6 — 9 September 2014

Gaze skywards and in awe and hear the whistle of wings as hawks, owls and falcons swoop and soar above the castle. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from the Plantagenet years. This is not just a regular display but a proper performance, a show unlike any you have ever seen elsewhere. Something unusual and enchanting, a period presentation with integrity and imagination… Let us astound you with the fabulous heritage of Medieval Falconry!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Victorian Falconry

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10am-5pm

Embark on a flight of fancy and journey to the Victorian age. Watch in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar high above the ramparts in a traditional display. Discover how falconry became a country pursuit, and how hawk, hound and hooter worked in harmony to furnish his lordship’s table. This is not just a regular display but a proper performance, a show unlike any you have ever seen elsewhere. Something unusual and enchanting, a period presentation with integrity and imagination… Let us astound you with the fabulous heritage of Victorian Falconry!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

War and the Horse

  • 20 — 21 September 2014 10am-5pm

Witness the powerful imagery and confidence of the Cavalry of 1914 as they prepare to dominate the battlefields of Europe, little aware of the way in which the machine gun and barbed wire would sweep away their preconceptions. Young men race their horses and compete in Cavalry Skill at Arms, oblivious to the cataclysm about to engulf Europe. Compare and contrast through the day as the Troopers change into the somber khaki clothing that was to be evocative of the years to come. Glimpse into this world as we tell this remarkable story through re-enactment, talks, music and children’s activities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

War and the Horse

  • 20 — 21 September 2014

The evocative story of cavalry soldiers and their horses on the front line, and the impact of the war on the people left at home, will be the main commemorative themes of the First World War centenary at English Heritage properties in 2014.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Halloween Ghost Tour

  • 31 October 2014 6-8pm

Join us for a special Halloween evening ghost tour through Dover Castle. You will hear the strange but true experiences of those who work here and discover the myths and legends surrounding this atmospheric ancient site. But will you survive the night? Over 14s only.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Merry Maids and Men Discovery Visit

What was life like for children in a medieval castle? Where did they sleep? Was there any time for fun and games? Discover the answers by helping to tell the tale of Harry the kitchen boy and the naughty little Lady Ellie.
Duration: 3/4 hour
Key Stage: 1, History, Literacy, Story-telling, Drama

How to obtain

Call 01304 209899 to book a 45 minute session on weekdays during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19468 for more information.

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