Dover Castle - English Heritage

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

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult Gift Aid Price £19.30
(Non-Gift Aid Price £17.50)
Child (5-15 years) Gift Aid Price £11.60
(Non-Gift Aid Price £10.50)
Concession Gift Aid Price £17.40
(Non-Gift Aid Price £15.80)
Family (2 adults plus (up to) 3 children) Gift Aid Price £50.10
(Non-Gift Aid Price £45.50)


  • 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.

WWII Weekend

  • 23 — 25 May 2015

Dover Castle’s popular WWII Weekend is back with a bang! Soak up the atmosphere as the castle returns to the 1940's. Walk through military encampments and get up close to a full size replica Spitfire. Step inside Mr Smith’s bombed out shop and discover the austerity of the war years from the Ministry of Food. Experience the German field hospital. Keep up to date with news from the front with live news reels and book a visit to 1940s beauty parlour for a new look. Witness the display of firepower from both German and British Forces in the explosive live battle. With musicians performing wartime favourites and plenty of hands-on activities for children - it’s an action packed day to remember.


Adult £19.50 Child £11.80 Concession £17.30 Family £50.80. 10% early bird discount applies for tickets bought before Monday 27th April 2015. Price includes entry to the event and the site. Additional charges for beauty parlour apply. Corporate members pay standard admission price on event days. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

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 for more information.

Dover Castle - English Heritage
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01304 211067


01304 214739

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