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A Day in Dover

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A January 2007 trip to Dover by barbara

Holiday Inn Ashford-Central Photo, Ashford, England More Photos
Quote: Dover is an important port city with more to see than just the ferry boat to France.

A Day in Dover

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Dover Photo, Dover, England
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When putting together my trip to Dover, I mentioned our plans to several people in our little home village in England. They invariably smiled broadly at me and said, "So, you're spending the weekend in France, eh?" This question confused me the first time I heard it. You see, I was going to Dover to see Dover. The reason the question was asked, however, is that Dover is the place where you can catch the ferry---or where you can go through the tunnel under the English channel---if you want to get you AND your car over to the continent. On a clear day, you can actually see France on the distant horizon... a glimmer of land less than a marathon's run away. ...Read More

Holiday Inn Ashford-Central

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Hotel | "Ashford-Central Holiday Inn"

Holiday Inn Ashford-Central Photo, Ashford, England
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We wanted to see Dover and Canterbury in one weekend. I looked at lodging in both places, but I ended up deciding to stay outside of either city, fairly in between the two, on the road back to London. I found a good, affordable option in the Ashford-Central Holiday Inn near the M20.A night here puts you in a good position to visit all of South East England, Dover and Canterbury included. Plus, it won't break the bank for a family.What was the hotel like? This is a chain hotel, and it offers chain hotel quality. After staying in a dismal, more expensive room in a lesser known brand hotel closer to London, I happily embraced the green and white sign that's as familiar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2007

Holiday Inn Ashford-Central
Canterbury Road
Ashford, United Kingdom TN24 8QQ
+44-870-4009001

Penny Farthing Guest House

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Hotel | "Pennyfarthing Guest House"

Penny Farthing Guest House Photo, Dover, England
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The second time I ever went to Dover, I was really only looking for a place to sleep as we were taking the ferry to France in the morning. An English bed-and-breakfast can be a wonderful alternative to a hotel... especially if you're on a budget. They vary widely in quality and price, so you need to do your research to find a good one for you. After reading several positive reviews, I settled on the Pennyfarthing Guest House because it is located only five minutes from the ports, and it offers reasonably priced family rooms. As we drove down Maison Dieu Road where this B&B is located, we couldn't help but notice Dover Castle lit up on its white hill with a full moon d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Penny Farthing Guest House
109 Maison Dieu Road
Dover, England CT16 1RT
+44 1304 20 55 63

Dover Castle

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Attraction

Dover Castle Photo, Dover, England
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As evidenced by the Roman lighthouse you'll see on the grounds, Dover Castle's location has been important to the island of Great Britain since before the history of an actual country called England really got going. When William the Conqueror started his reign, one of the first orders of business was to make sure this place could be better defended. After all, on a clear day it is possible to see all the way across the channel to France. Dover Castle would get to prove its worth as a stronghold in time of siege during the reign of King John in the 13th century. Despite heavy bombardment, the castle did not fall. Fast forward to the time of Napolean and ...Read More

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Dover Castle
Harold's Road
Dover, Kent
01304 211067

The city of Canterbury

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Canterbury Cathedral Photo, Canterbury, England
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Canterbury is a lovely city that makes most people think immediately of the book by Chaucer that they had to read in school. Hundreds of years of pilgrims are no bit of fiction though. When a holy man, Thomas a Becket was murdered almost a thousand years ago by knights for defying the king in the UNESCO World Heritage site Canterbury Cathedral, something strange began to happen. The faithful who came to pay homage to the slain saint were healed when they prayed here. This, of course, pulled in the crowds! Becket's body was set up in a place of honor, and the people poured in from across Christendom. So hundreds of years later, we made our own pilgrimage to see th...Read More

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The White Cliffs of Dover

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White Cliffs of Dover Photo, Dover, England
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I read in a guidebook that you can only see the White Cliffs of Dover if you are looking at them from a boat. While I am sure you might get the best view from this vantage point, rest assured that you can see these chalk wonders from the land and still feel impressed by the beauty of them. In fact, the National Trust maintains a small tract of wildlands to preserve these unique works of Mother Nature, so off we went to see them!The National Trust site at Langdon Cliffs is a mile's walk from Castle Hill... or follow the clearly marked signs posted on the A20. There is a small fee of £2.50 for parking a car. National Trust members have this fee waived at the gate, an...Read More

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Dover Ferries

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Attraction

Dover Ferry Port Photo, Dover, England
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One of the most common reasons for English people to go to Dover is to take their cars on the ferry to travel to the continent. This can be a really economical way to do it. Conversely, you can put your car on a train that will go through the Eurotunnel. (This is a faster option. Just 35 minutes to France!) But when I made my reservations, I found the ferry was a third the price. I didn't mind spending the extra time on a boat if I saved money. I also researched the various ports to find the best deal. In the end, we boarded at the port in Dover on the Norfolk Line to disembark right under two hours in Dunkirque, France.What was the procedure ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2007

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barbara

barbara
Atlanta, Georgia