Dover Journals

Dover, Kent aka The Gateway to England

A travel journal to Dover by Blackmore

Quote: On first viewing, Dover may not seem like the ideal holiday destination -- the beaches are ok, the shopping terrible, and the town itself may seem uninspiring. However, Dover has a lot going for it, and most of this is to be found in its history.

Dover, Kent aka The Gateway to England

Overview

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If you're coming from France, one of your first memorable sights will be the Famous White Cliffs of Dover, although there are still no bluebirds (never have been, never will be!) to see. The sight is inspiring if just for the amount of history those clifffs have seen and nothing else. However, the best thing you can visit in Dover is the Castle which encapsulates so many ages of history from Anglo-Saxon to the present day. This castle and the cliff it is perched upon has seen it all and been at the centre of most of it, too.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Most of Dover is easily accessible by walking, and this is also good because along the way you'll find hidden treasures such...Read More

Dover Museum

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Covering history from Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Roman, and Medieval times to Victorian history and the World Wars, Dover Museum is an interesting look at the development of Dover through the years, and unlike the castle it offers a view of Dover as a town and not just a military base, with interesting stories of its citizens and visitors and even a polar bear brought back from an Arctic expedition (which used to stand at the entrance to the museum and was quite a scary sight for a six-year-old)! A more recent addition to the museum is the Dover Bronze Age Boat Gallery, which houses the world's oldest known seagoing boat, which in December 2000 won the British Archeological Awards ICI Award 2000 for its...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2003

Dover Museum
Market Square
Dover, England CT16 1PB
01304 201066

The Grand Shaft

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I first visited this when I was eleven on a school trip, and although I had lived in Dover all my life I have to admit I made it to the the age of eleven without ever hearing of 'The Grand Shaft'. Excited about going to something 'Grand,' I was kind of let down when we arrived at something that turned out to be a hole in the cliff that lead to some stairs. However, it's the history that's important with the Grand Shaft. The Grand Shaft is a 140ft triple spiral staircase dug through the cliff between 1806 - 1809. The three staircases were intended to get troops from the Grand Shaft barracks and down to the harbour very quickly to meet any invasion force, particularly that of Napoleons, as at the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 6, 2003

The Grand Shaft
Snargate Street
Dover, England

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This is an exceptionally well-preserved Roman Guest House, which was discovered along with substantial remains of a Roman fort wall and bastion, when a new car park was to be built on the site. Instead, this house with its intact wall paintings and underfloor heating system, was discovered. Now housed within a modern building that also has extensive displays on Roman Dover, this is one of the few chances you'll get to see how the Romans lived up close.

Open from April - September, closed Mondays, except bank holidays and Mondays in July and August. Admission costs £2 for adults/students and 80p for OAPs/children.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2003

The Roman Painted House
New Street
Dover, England
01304 203279

Dover Beach

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Dover Beach is surrounded by on one side the busy port and on the other the Prince of Wales' Pier and the Admiralty Pier, and is sealed off from the main channel by the Breakwater. Each of the piers are available for fishing, with a small cafe available at the end of the POW pier. The Breakwater however is more suitable for a day's fishing trip, as a boat trip is needed to reach it, but the trips are restricted, so if you don't want to go for the whole day it's best to stick to the POW or Admiralty piers. But even if you don't want to fish the piers are worth a visit as they are a nice walk and offer good views of the harbour area. However if you want to visit the beach, it may be better to visi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 6, 2003

Dover Beach
Seafront
Dover, Kent, England

The Hills

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The hills surrounding Dover give the best views of everything from the English channel to the castle and the town itself. When I was little my father would wake me up at 5am and we would hike up to the hills behind the castle to go mushrooming. At that time of the morning the town is peaceful and up in the hills the fine mist makes the place seem almost magical. Add to that the towering walls of the castle and the woodlands surrounding it and you really find yourself in a beautiful hidden treasure. There are farms dotted around too, and they never seemed to mind us wandering through the fields picking mushrooms. One day we even discovered a sheep that had fallen down a hole. Alerted by its bleetin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2003

The Hills
Surrounding Dover
Dover, England

Dover Castle

Best Of IgoUgo

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One of the most famous of English castles, Dover has to be also one of the best. Built mostly by Henry II (1133-89), the castle has a massive keep, which along with the White Tower in the Tower of London forms the finest pair of examples of Norman Keep in England. Built on Roman ruins, of which some still remain - for example the remains of the Roman Pharos (lighthouse) - the castle has seen its fair share of trouble due to its strategic position. Dover is one of the Cinque Ports and is situated just 22 miles from France, a country which for most of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries was at war with England and is never out of sight of the inhabitants of Dover except in the mist or fog. Standing high a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Dover Castle
Harold's Road
Dover, Kent
01304 211067