Saturdays and Sundays
1st November to 31st March: 10am - 4pm
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun
1st April to 31st October: 10am - 5pm
(Last admission 1 hour before closing)
24th to 26th December & 1st January
Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather, this site may close at short notice.
Known as 'The key to England', the great fortress of Dover Castle has played a crucial role in the defence of the realm for over nine centuries. Set high above the famous white cliffs, it boasts a colourful and fascinating history. Don’t miss the recently refurbished Admiralty Lookout, where you can learn about the techniques used to detect enemy ships and even try your hand at Morse code! Also take time to explore the atmospheric medieval underground tunnels, see one of Europe’s best-preserved Roman lighthouses and visit the siege experience of 1216 and find out what it may have been like to be a medieval soldier under siege and explore the towering keep with its spectacular views across the channel.
Dover Castle now hosts in its Great Tower a uniquely vivid recreation of a medieval royal palace. Begin your visit with the introductory exhibition and then discover the vibrant, technicolour world inside the Great Tower. Follow lifelike hologram figures of King Henry II and his courtiers round the palace’s private chambers, guest rooms and great hall, along with the kitchen and armoury.
Secret Wartime Tunnels
Discover Dover Castle's labyrinth of secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover. Sights, sounds and pathe news clips bring the drama of its strategic role in WWII alive. Walk through the rooms where Sir Admiral Ramsay planned the “miracle of Dunkirk” and tour the underground hospital as you follow the story of a wounded wartime pilot.
Please be aware that access to the Secret Wartime Tunnels is by guided tour only. Tours are limited to 1000 people a day. It is not possible to pre-book tunnel tours. Tours can only be booked on the day upon arrival at the ticket office and are subject to availability. From autumn 2010 to summer 2011 there may be some closures in the tunnel complex at various times due to an improvement programme taking place.
Dover Castle, Dover, Kent
Nearest Train Station: Dover Priory
Bus Routes: 593
Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.