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 action-packed day out!


Works are currently underway at Dover Castle for a brand-new visitor experience launching summer 2024! Get ready to uncover the dramatic history of the castle and step into the shoes of those who lived, worked and protected the castle during the most testing times in history. Explore the new interactive play area and access parts of the castle which have never previously been open to the public.


Immerse yourself in the drama of the Dunkirk evacuation in the very tunnels where the 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 discover 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.


Visit the Anglo-Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro, admire the Roman Lighthouse and be impressed by the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Museum. Spot ships in the English Channel from the Admiralty Lookout and explore the World War I Fire Command Post. Work up an appetite on the Battlements Walk and enjoy spectacular views whilst eating a picnic or take refreshments at the cafes.


For the latest access information, please visit our website: Dover Castle Access | English Heritage (

Please see the website for current opening hours and admission prices: (link: Visit Dover Castle | English Heritage (

Opening Times:

Dates 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2024

*closed 23-26 December.
Last admission half hour before closing.
Please see website for opening times: Dover Castle Prices and Opening Times | English Heritage (

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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
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Platinum Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Platinum 2024

Opening Times

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* closed 23-26 December.
Last admission half hour before closing.
Please see website for opening times: Dover Castle Prices and Opening Times | English Heritage (

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