The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors. Then delve deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War, in an action-packed day out.
The chalk of Castle Hill has been shaped and reshaped over the centuries into massive earthworks, ditches and mounds. Imposing walls and towers have been raised and networks of tunnels excavated beneath them. Henry II began the building of the present castle in the 1180s, and ever since its buildings and defences have been adapted to meet the changing demands of weapons and warfare.
Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact English Heritage before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
We’re committed to ensuring that your visits with us are safe. Due to the current national threat levels, we may carry out additional security checks. This could include running bag searches and carrying out body scans with a hand-held detector.
Please note, we’ll need you to agree to this process in order to visit the site. Thank you for your co-operation
- Accessible Toilets
- Assistance Dogs Welcome
- Braille Guides
- Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair access is available within the grounds; Arthur's Hall; Stone Hut; Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum; WWI Gun Emplacement. Great Tower has access to ground floor only. Access to church is by arrangement only. Note that Pharos has access over gravel path.
- Disabled Parking: Blue Badge Holders' car park (near to Great Tower) pay at Canon's Gate pay box. Land train connection to other parts of the site. On event days, you will be directed to park at other locations on site, no parking near Great Tower.
HOW TO REACH
Free parking for up to 200 cars, plus peak time and events off-site parking with a free mini-bus connection to site. Please note, our car park is located on-site, and so opens at the same time as the castle.
The entrance is on Castle Hill Road (the A258). We recommend travelling via the A2 towards Dover.
Postcode : CT16 1HU
Latitude : 51.129671
Longtitude : 1.32117
Stagecoach in East Kent 15, 15X, 80, 80A, 93
Dover Priory 1 mile
train services operated by Southeastern.
Entry without gift aid/with gift aid:
Child (5-17 years) £12.50/£13.80
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £54.30/£59.80
Castle Hill Rd
CT16 1HU Dover