The Castles and Cliffs Tour takes in and allows time to visits to all three unmissable castles along the Dover’s/White Cliff's Coastline. All too often but quite rightly, visitors to Dover are eager to visit the magnificent, Dover Castle but often, due to time limitations, miss its smaller sisters. This tour enables visits to all three unmissable castles as well as a picturesque short walk along Deal Promenade, a drive through Kingsdown, the furthermost end of the White Cliffs of Dover and a one way, point to point walk along the Eastern Cliffs (South Forelands light house to Dover). Approximately 1/1.5 hours (3.2 miles) if you choose. You might rather just park and visit the cliff top pathway and visitor’s centre.
Entry to all three castles can be purchased at any of the sites in the form of individual, couple or family, 'annual passes', or 'over sees visitor' passes, the best way to purchase access to all three castles. These can be purchased ahead of time via the English Heritage Website or they can also be purchase on the day at any of the sites.
Following collection from a point of your choosing, our first stop is Deal Sea front, where we can walk a short distance to Deal Castle. This is only a relatively small castle so we'll allow approximately 45min/1 hour. Notably, the famous Tudor Rose shape of the castle is clearly evident from outside.
It is only a short drive onwards to visit Walmer Castle. This regal, historical castle has beautiful gardens and grounds as well as fascinating historical artefacts relating to the Duke of Wellington. Of all of the Gardens at our Kent based attractions Walmer Castle is my favourite and a place that I regularly visit with my family. The gardens might not be the biggest or most elaborate in the country but they are warm and inviting with wooded areas and play equipment and seats dotted around the grounds. Approximately 1.5/2 hours
Both Walmer and Dover Castle have coffee shops and restaurants where fantastic food can be bought. Alternatively, a quick visit to St Margret's Bay and perhaps, lunch at a seafront pub or restaurant there or in Kingsdown, might be your choice? With notice, these options can be booked on your behalf. A picnic at any of the areas we visit could also be easily accommodated during the day.
Visit and spend as long as you wish at the largest and most magnificent Castle in England which sits on high watching over Dover.
Experience and learn about the castle’s long history, from Roman Lighthouse, it’s military fortification and history in relation to the rest of Dover. Explore all of the grounds and inside the Norman Keep. Don't miss the incredible views from the top. Walk the ramparts and investigate the medieval tunnels to really get a feel for the incredible history of our breath-taking and unmissable castle.
The Castle’s importance in World War 2 is often not appreciated. The castle’s position and network of tunnels deep in the chalk cliffs were used as the base to co-ordinate both the Dunkirk evacuations (operation Dynamo) and the Allied forces, D-day landings.
At least 3 hours is needed.
I would guide you around the site if you would like me to.
If there’s time, an exhilarating one way, 'point to point', clifftop walk and stops to view Dover Castle from vantage points that show it at its best, will ensure that you make the most of your time on the cliffs. Maybe you’d just like to get our and drink in the views. Approximately 1.5 hours is needed for the point-to-point walk and this would be dependent on choices through the day.
Collection can be from a location of your choosing. The tour can conclude at a point of your choosing too providing it is no further than the point from which you were collected at the start of the day although this can be offered for an additional charge.
Perhaps you would choose to finish your day at one of the stops and make the most of your time outside of the tour arrangements. This is fine too.