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  • Address: Dover, United Kingdom, England
As one of the world’s busiest ports, with ferries running across the English Channel to Europe, the town of Dover in southeastern England is the first stop for many cruise visitors. Along with a rich history as one of England’s most important maritime towns, Dover’s main attraction is the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.

The Basics
Most visitors make a beeline for the famous White Cliffs, and the 300-foot-high (91-meter-high) sea cliffs are a dramatic sight—a wall of gleaming white chalk towering over the ocean. As well as seeing the cliffs, a full-day tour from London typically visits nearby attractions such as Leeds Castle, the UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral, or the seaside resort of Folkestone, often stopping to explore riverside Greenwich on the way back to London. 

Cruise visitors can also maximize their time by opting for a post-cruise shore excursion, taking in the sights on the journey from the port to their central London hotel. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dover’s small size makes it easy to get around on foot. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring warm clothing if you plan on visiting the White Cliffs—the weather can be cool and windy even in the summer.
  • Attractions including Dover Castle, the Dover Museum, and the White Cliffs vista point are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Dover is located on England’s southeastern coast, less than a 2-hour drive from London. High-speed trains run from St. Pancras International Station in London to Dover Priory train station, taking just over an hour, while slower trains also connect with London’s Charing Cross, London Bridge, and Victoria stations. In Dover, it’s possible to reach sights such as Dover Castle and the White Cliffs on foot (a steep 20-minute walk), and taxis are available outside the train station. 

When to Get There
Dover tours run year-round, but the busiest period is during the summer months of July and August, when it’s best to make an early start if you want to see the White Cliffs before the crowds arrive. 

Dover’s Military History
The landmark cliffs aren’t Dover’s only point of interest. The town’s strategic position at the Gateway to Europe has made it an important center for the British navy, and the town nurtures a long military history. Along with the medieval stronghold of Dover Castle, other sights of interest include a series of underground WWII tunnels, the Battle of Britain Memorial, the sprawling ruins of the port’s 18th- and 19th-century fortification walls, and the Dover Museum, home to one of Britain’s last remaining Bronze Age boats.

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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

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Escape the hustle-bustle of London for a day and travel to the English countryside for a tour of Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover. Enjoy a private ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.97
Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London, London, Day Trips
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London

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On this mini coach tour, take a journey into the county of Kent. View the famous White Cliffs of Dover, explore Dover Castle, and visit historic Canterbury. ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $94.29
Canterbury, Leeds Castle and White Cliffs of Dover Small-Group Tour from London, London, Day Trips
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Canterbury, Leeds Castle and White Cliffs of Dover Small-Group Tour from London

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Discover the oh-so-English delights of Kent on this exciting tour from London, and visit Canterbury, the White Cliffs of Dover and Leeds Castle in one day! ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.78
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Themed Half-Day Tour of Folkestone, Battle of Britain Memorial and White Cliffs with Traditional ... 
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Themed Half-Day Tour of Folkestone, Battle of Britain Memorial and White Cliffs with Traditional English Cream Tea

Start the excursion with a WW1-themed walk in the Edwardian seaside resort of Folkestone, including the Leas promenade, old town and historic harbour, from ...  Read more

Location: Folkestone, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $538.80
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London, London, Day Trips
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London

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A fun-filled day of British history, scenery and aquatic adventure, take this luxury coach trip to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich. Begin with a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.92
Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover in One Day from London, London, Day Trips
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Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover in One Day from London

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Escape the hustle and bustle of London and explore the highlights of South West England. Step back in time with your guide as you wander historic Canterbury. ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.56
Full-day White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral Tour from London, London, Historical & ... 
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Full-day White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral Tour from London

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Enjoy the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, and visit Canterbury Cathedral in one great day tour from London. See the beautiful countryside and coastal views ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.88
Christmas Day in Canterbury, Dover, and Greenwich from London with Lunch, London, Day Trips
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Christmas Day in Canterbury, Dover, and Greenwich from London with Lunch

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Enjoy an unforgettable Dickensian Christmas in Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich. This tour takes you through the stunning countryside of Kent to Canterbury ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.33
Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Greenwich from London, London, Christmas
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Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Greenwich from London

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Spend a day touring the highlights of Kent on this day trip from London. Enjoy an exclusive private viewing of beautiful Leeds Castle, visit UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.02
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3-Day Leeds Castle, White Cliffs and Flavours of Kent Tour from London, London, Day Trips
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3-Day Leeds Castle, White Cliffs and Flavours of Kent Tour from London

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England is an expert in elegance.The palaces have rooms larger than an entire house. The grand gardens have plants rarer than a blue moon. And the royal dinner ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $356.96

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