Things to Do & Must-See Attractions in Dover
- 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.
Dover is famous for its white cliffs and when approaching England by ship they are a lovely, iconic greeting to the United Kingdom. While a busy ferry port connecting England with France, Dover is a relatively quiet cruise ship port, used for embarkation and disembarkation.
Once a chic seaside resort, Dover has never really recovered from being bombed during World War II and these days most people choose to stay further along the lovely south-east coast in the pretty Georgian town of Brighton or in medieval Rye or in Canterbury with its famous cathedral, or to head up to London which is a couple of hours travel north.
Within Dover the main attraction is the castle built by Henry II in the 12th century, one of the oldest in England. In 1539, Henry VIII built nearby moated Walmer Castle, also worth a visit.
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