Dover Castle


Type:Castle / Fort

Castle Hill Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

Tel: +44 01304 211067

Dover Castle


Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle and have an amazing day out!

NOW OPEN: Immerse yourself in the drama of the Dunkirk evacuation in the very tunnels where the desperate rescue operation was masterminded. State-of-the-art effects and real film footage combine to bring those dramatic events of May 1940 to life.

Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the royal court of King Henry II. Experience the vibrant colour and opulence of one of medieval England's most important castles as you're transported to a world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition.

Travel deep into the white cliffs to explore the atmospheric Underground Hospital. Converted into a hospital for injured troops in 1941, visitors today can experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the World War II hospital with its operating theatre.

NOW OPEN: For over 200 years the tunnels have provided shelter, safety and secrecy to those defending our shores. Delve deeper into the history of the tunnels, from Napoleonic times to the Cold War in this new exhibition.

Visit the ANGLO-SAXON CHURCH OF ST MARY-IN-CASTRO, admire the ROMAN LIGHTHOUSE (PHAROS), be impressed by the PRINCESS OF WALES'S ROYAL REGIMENT MUSEUM, spot ships in the English Channel from the ADMIRALTY LOOKOUT and see the WORLD WAR l FIRE COMMAND POST, go ghost hunting and feel the eerie chill in the MEDIEVAL TUNNELS, work up an appetite on the BATTLEMENTS WALK and enjoy spectacular views whilst eating a picnic or take refreshments at the cafes. If your feet are tired, take the LAND TRAIN. Be tempted by the unique gifts at the shop in the Inner Bailey.

Tours of the different levels within the Secret Wartime Tunnels last approximately 30 minutes each. In addition we recommend 30 minutes in the Wartime Tunnels exhibition.


Access to keep courtyard and grounds: Extensive grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths but there are some very steep slopes. Wheelchair routes and guides are available.

A land train is available for access to different areas of the site. Mobility scooters are also available and should be requested in advance.

Parking: disabled visitors may use Palace Green car park next to keep to avoid steep path from Constable's Tower and cobbled drawbridge.

Toilets: adapted WCs available; ramped access beside keep and Secret Wartime Tunnels.
Shop: level access.
Restaurant and cafe: level access.
Free parking available within castle.
Visually Impaired Visitors
Braille guide and disabled orientation map available.
Hearing Impaired Visitors
Hearing dogs welcome. Some hearing loops available

Please see the website for current opening hours and admission prices

Book Tickets


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A2/M2 follow signs to Docks. At Duke of York roundabout take 3rd exit and follow the road towards the town centre, the Castle is on the left hand side of the road.

From M20/A20 follows the signs to the Docks, at the 2nd set of traffic lights turn left into Woolcomber Street and then take next right onto Castle Hill Road. At junction turn right and Castle is on the right hand side of the road.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Dover Priory is 2 miles


  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.
Last admission half hour before closing. Secret Wartime Tunnel tour - timed ticket system in operation; last tour 1 hour before closing.

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