Dover Castle

Dover Castle has stood on Kent’s iconic White Cliffs commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. At its heart stands the magnificent Great tower, created by King Henry II. Step inside this uniquely vivid medieval palace, take a seat on the king’s throne, and meet characters from Henry II’s court.

Discover Dover Castle Under Siege this summer! The new attraction opens on 22 July and will reveal the transformation of the northern part of the castle where you can find the untold story of the 1216 siege.
Dover Castle will come to life with new interactive displays, panoramic views, reopened medieval tunnels and an imaginative children’s play area. Fire a trebuchet, climb the battements, try on soldiers’ uniforms and have a go with a catapult.

On to the 20th Century and venture deep inside the Secret Wartime tunnels where you can witness ‘the miracle of Dunkirk’. A compelling visual tour guiding you through the tunnels where this incredible rescue operation was masterminded. The tunnels are fantastic to take shelter on a rainy day out too!

The Underground Hospital is also not to be missed, where you can follow more action with the gripping story of an injured fighter pilot being rushed through to emergency surgery. Pass through the authentically recreated rooms where you can see, hear and smell the original hospital equipment used during World War II…

There’s more than enough for a full day out at Dover. Discover the UK’s oldest surviving lighthouse built by the Romans, the Anglo-Saxon church, or the WWI Fire Command Post. On summer weekends be sure to see the gun firing drills, descend into the Medieval Tunnels or explore the Battlements Walk.

Opening Times

Dover Castle is open daily from April to the end of October half term.

Weekends only during the winter.

Daily in February half term and Wednesdays to Sundays in March

For up to date opening times and admission prices, please check the Dover Castle pages on the English Heritage website.


Full up to date accessibility information can be found the the Dover Castle page of the English Heritage website.

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