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

25 Mar - 31 Jul 2016 10am - 6pm
1-31 Aug daily 2016 9.30am - 6pm
1-30 Sep daily 2016 10am - 6pm
1-31 Oct daily 2016 10am - 5pm
1 Nov-23 Dec, Sat-Sun 2016 10am - 4pm
27-31 Dec, daily 2016 10am - 4pm
2 Jan-12 Feb, daily 2017 10am - 4pm
13-17 Feb, daily 2017 10am - 4pm
18 Feb-31 Mar, Sat-Sun 2017 10am - 4pm
24-26 Dec & 1 Jan Closed

Admission charges

Adult £20.20
Child (5-15 years) £12.10
Concession £18.20
Family (2 adults plus (up to) 3 children) £52.50


  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History, Weapons and War

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Poster for Family History Day

Family History Day

  • 12 November 2016 10am-2pm

There will be a number of free talks about tracing your ancestors, Dover during the First World War and what resources are available from Kent Libraries and the Kent Library and HIstory Centre. There will also be stands from Screen South, Kent Family History Society and Dover Library volunteers.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Dover Library
Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square
CT16 1PH

Additional info

Toilets. Wheelchair accessible.


This event is free to attend but as places are limited we strongly advise booking your place in advance. The talks will run twice - the first session will run from 10am until midday. The talks will be repeated from midday - 2pm. After each set of talks there will be a chance to talk to the experts.


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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
CT16 1HU

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