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.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!

  • 3 — 14 August 2015 *on now

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


English Heritage members Free
Adult £18.00
Child, 5-15 years £10.80
Concession £16.10
Family £46.80


Firepower through the Ages

  • 15 — 16 August 2015 10am-5pm

Get your family fired-up this weekend as Dover Castle plays host to an amazing festival of firepower. Gather round the campfires of the Napoleonic Redcoats, be amazed by the bravado of the Roman Soldiers and marvel at the might of the Medieval sappers.

From Roman torsion machines to trebuchets and the first gun using black powder, witness the ingenious methods used by warring armies throughout the centuries to impose their might on the enemy. Kids can get stuck in with have a go archery and mini-battles, while all the family will enjoy the black humour of our newly commissioned Cold War play.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Member (Adult) £1.00
Member (Child) £0.60
Member (Concession) £0.90
Member (Family) £2.60
Adult £19.00
Child, 5-15 years £11.40
Concession £17.00
Family £49.40


Clash of Knights - The Finale!

  • 29 — 31 August 2015

Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, massed ranks of armoured knights meet head on. Feel the heat of the battle as four teams from the corners of Europe fight with clubs and shields in this contest of skill and strength. Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph in the Clash of Knights finale! Presiding over the contest will be King Richard the Lionheart and his court.

Revel in the atmosphere of the encampment as it buzzes with the activity of everyday medieval life. Enjoy merry music while your budding young knights test their bravery on the field and burn off energy in battle drills.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


English Heritage members Free
Adult £18.00
Child, 5-15 years £10.80
Concession £16.10
Family £46.80


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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