Dover is not just a transitory port where you get on and off ferries/cruise ships. There are many beautiful and interesting things to see and do in and around Dover – you could spend a year and never see everything but here are some of our favorites – you can always pass on your recommendations – we are pleased to know that you enjoy our lovely part of Kent.
The castle has guarded our English Channel for nearly 2000 years. See the Tunnels, walk around and just feel the history.
Open all year round
The Roman Painted House
Built about AD200 it was part of a large mansion or hotel for travellers crossing the channel. It was demolished by the Roman Army during the construction of a larger fort. 3 of its main rooms remain mostly intact.
The White Cliffs
The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before the advent of air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first or last sight of the UK for travellers.
Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral
A beautiful and historic cathedral city. Take a stroll around the cobbled streets, visit the Cathedral, take a boat trip along the River Stour; try some retail therapy in Canterbury’s modern shopping centre.
This delightful seaside town, approximately 5 miles north of Canterbury, dates back to before the writing of the Doomsday Book. Try some of Whitstable’s famous oysters which have been collected in the area since Roman times. Take a stroll around the harbour and the nearby streets where you will find some quaint old houses dated from mid 19th century.
Deal is 8 miles north east of Dover offers much for the tourist to enjoy. Two museums, Henry VIII’s Deal Castle, Kent’s only remaining public pier, plenty of restaurants and pubs and on a clear day a wonderful view of the French Coast – just 25 miles away.
Closer to home:
The Red Lion Pub – our local with a great outdoor garden
Cullin’s Yard – Dover Marina. Bistro-Style restaurant and bar situated in the Dover Yachting Marina. Live Music Friday evenings and Sundays.
Hythe Bay Seafood Company – a wonderful restaurant on the Dover seafront – specialising in local seafood.
Dinos Italian Restaurant in the town Centre, a Dover Institution – wonderful family style Italian menu.
La Scala – another great Italian restaurant just 3 minutes walk away
The Allotment – good, simple home-cooked food – using local produce wherever possible. great for lunch (or dinner) and again, a few minutes walk away