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Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Castle Hill, Dover, South East England

The Basics

Once known as the Gateway to England, Dover Castle was one of the country’s most strategically important fortresses and was in use as a military base through WWII. Visit to immerse yourself in the castle’s centuries-long history: Take a tour of the Great Tower, accompanied by either costumed performers or lifelike holograms; walk the battlements; see an underground hospital used in WWII; and visit the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum.

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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
$138.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Dover, Canterbury and Leeds Castle
I dont usually like coach tours but this one was great! Chrissie was our guide and she was very engaging and knowledgeable. Our driver, Paul, was also great! Leeds Castle was lovely. Canterbury Cathedral was breathtaking. Chrissie did a great job leading us on a tour of the Cathedral. We were lucky that our group was relatively small (27). Dover was only a photo stop but it was beautiful.
carolmalasits, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in South East England

star-5
Had a wonderful time. ...
Gary_R, Sep 2021
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip
Had a wonderful time. Guide and Driver were outstanding. The castle was beautiful and Canterbury was so inspiring.
star-4
Lovely experience
Ali, Jun 2021
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Communication was perfect. Timings spot on. Would've preferred a bit more time at white cliffs of Dover. But overall fantastic experience. Our guide Kirsten and driver Clive were very friendly and lovely people. I would consider booking through Anderson tours in the future.
star-5
This excursion was great. It made it...
susan r, Sep 2013
Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Dover Port via Dover Castle
This excursion was great. It made it so easy getting to our ship and we loved spending time in Dover Castle/
star-5
Picked us up at small hotel, did spend...
Robert K, Aug 2014
Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Dover Port via Dover Castle
Picked us up at small hotel, did spend an hour or so driving around picking up from different hotels as driver pointed out various buildings/gave history on different areas of London, dover castle was well worth the visit, got us to ship after the crowds had died down
star-5
Amazing
KshyamaM_S, Dec 2020
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
It was a wonderful experience with you. As per COVID situation you did extra care for everyone. Tour was amazing as well. Thank you
star-4
An excellent tour. Our guide was...
Roslyn B, Jan 2018
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
An excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. My only extra comment is that the Golden Tours office was not well set up.....really, shouldnt they have clean rest rooms available before 40 people leave for a bus tour?
star-5
Really nice tour, the bus was really...
Giovanni N, Jan 2018
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Really nice tour, the bus was really clean and comfortable. Our guide was really prepared. Maybe you should say that Dover cliff are really far from the stop and you can’t see anything you aspected.
star-5
Loved everything about it. Adequate...
Sandra O, Sep 2016
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
Loved everything about it. Adequate time was allotted for each stop. Bus was clean and comfortable. The driver was friendly and competent, and the tour guide, Monica, was delightful. Would highly recommend this Dover trip. I have been before but well before the Battle of Britain Memorial was added. That experience was amazing and humbling.
star-5
Good experience, great guide
Tracy, Mar 2020
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London
The tour guide, Tony, was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed visiting Leeds Castle and seeing the cliffs especially. We ended up seeing the cliffs from afar from the beach. Canterbury Cathedral was beautiful, but is under construction right now.
star-5
Interesting & enjoyable day trip.
Mariam R, Jun 2019
Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle & White Cliffs Guided Day Tour from London
Visited Dover Castle, the White Cliffs and Canterbury, including the historic cathedral. Pick up and travel was convenient. Itinerary not too rushed. One more site would have been too much. Driver & guide helpful and pleasant.,
star-5
Very good but there was a ferry struck...
Patricia M, Aug 2015
Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Dover Port via Dover Castle
Very good but there was a ferry struck which caused a traffic nightmare and reduced the tour. Only had a chance to view the Dover castle from a parking lot to take pictures. No time to go to the grounds
star-5
It was great and would do it again!
sm3373, Dec 2019
Luxury Private Vehicle Day Hire from & to London via Leeds Castle & Dover Castle
The private vehicle experience was worth it. Dave was very knowledgeable about the sights we were visiting and got us to our destinations without any issues. He was also very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed at each location to ensure we had the best experience possible. We liked the service so much that we used him two more times while we were in London. Highly recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours of the castle’s Secret Wartime Tunnels run several times an hour and typically last for 50 minutes.

  • You must take a guided tour to visit the Underground Hospital.

  • There’s an on-site restaurant, café, tearoom, and ice cream parlor, as well as two gift shops.

  • Steep slopes, cobblestones, and gravel paths may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

  • Only the ground floor of the Great Tower is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Dover Castle sits near the Port of Dover, on the southeast coast of England, and is easily accessible by both private vehicle and public transit. The closest train station is Dover Priory, and the 15, 15X, 80, 80A, and 93 buses all stop close to Dover Castle. Visitors arriving by car should follow the A2 and A258 roads. There’s free on-site parking.

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When to Get There

Dover Castle is generally open from late morning until early evening in warmer months (April–October) and on weekends in colder months (November–March). Opening hours vary throughout the year, so check the schedule prior to your visit. The on-site tearoom and ice cream parlor open seasonally, while the restaurant and café are open on the same days as the castle.

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Medieval English Castles

Dover Castle is the largest castle in England, but it’s not the only one worth exploring. Stop by Warwick Castle—another fortress built on the orders of William the Conqueror—for an insight into the torturous tactics of medieval England, or pay a visit to the Tower of London for a look at the Crown Jewels and Beefeaters.

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