Dover - Deal Coast Guide
Dover is probably the UK's best known port and acts as the gateway to England - or Europe depending on which way you're going! As with many of the country's major ports it has a long history that is bound up with our maritime past. For most people the most memorable thing about Dover are the famous white cliffs which greet you like a welcoming smile as you return across the channel.
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Dover's history goes back to Roman times and beyond but it was the Normans who built the towns most famous landmark, Dover Castle. The castle dominates the towns landscape and is still in remarkably good repair after defending the town for 800 years. During the second World War the castle was the base for the planning of the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk. There is a network of tunnels under the castle which now house a museum with exhibits from the war time period.
There are beaches within the Dover area, notably Kingsdown to the north of Dover offers a natural undeveloped shingle beach. There are shops and cafes in the village centre.
Car ferries operate out of Dover and run to Calais and Dunkirk in France; there are over fifty sailings a day (2014).
The the other outstanding landmark of Dover, of course, is the world famous white cliffs which stretch for ten miles on either side of Dover. The best place to view these is from one of the cross channel ferries and they provide a spectacular view when arriving in the country. There are excellent walks along the cliffs in both directions.
Deal is a thriving seaside town full of historical places to visit and things to see. Deal's past is filled with fishing and smuggling and many major historical events took place here. Deals pier extends 1/4 mile into the sea and gives excellent views back across Deal seafront. The beach is shingle and is fairly long there is good parking and other facilities nearby.
Deal Castle was built in Henry VIII reign and is in the shape
of a Tudor rose. It has six semicircular bastions built of Kentish ragstone on
which were placed heavy guns to form a formidable defence. It is now owned by
English Heritage and is open for most of the year - see below.
Places to visit in Dover - Attractions
Dover Castle - 2000 years of history on one site. Dover, Kent. Tel: 01304 211067
Deal Castle - Tudor era castle commissioned by Henry VIII. Phone: 01304 372762
Samphire Hoe - Nature reserve created from the excavations of the channel tunnel. Between dover and Folkstone.
Tides Leisure Centre - Leisure pool with flumes and water features - Victoria Park, Park Avenue, Deal Tel: 01304 373399
South Forelands Lighthouse - a Victorian era lighthouse now owned by the Nation Trust - open to the public but check times Phone: 01304 852463
White Cliffs of Dover - Visitor Centre and spectacular views - Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Dover, Kent CT16 1HX Tel: 01304 202756 Fax: 01304 215484
Deal Castle - English Heritage site - Deal, Kent Tel: 01304 372762
Richborough Roman Fort - Remains of Roman fort from the time of invasion. Sandwich Tel: 01304 612013
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