Day out in Dover
Packed with rich history and some great coastal walks, Dover is the perfect destination for a day out.
Here are our suggestions to help you discover more #SEhiddengems
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Stroll through time
Straightaway upon your arrival in Dover, you can’t help but notice all the history around you. A great way for starting your trip is by following the Dover’s Bluebird Heritage Trail, this free to follow trail guides you through the centre of town and highlights all the key historical interesting sites and monuments throughout Dover.
The Bronze Age Boat
Located within the Dover Museum in the centre of town, sits the Bronze Age Boat, world’s oldest known seagoing boat. Unique to Dover this wooden, prehistoric boat is thought to be some 3,000 years old, along with the Dover Museum which also boasts a wonderful range of exhibitions, documenting the town’s rich history, is a must to on your list of things to see. Plus it’s free!
A trip to Dover would not be complete without taking in the views of the English Channel, and better still this can be done in comfort at the Dover Marina Hotel. Walk in the footsteps of iconic figures from yesteryear such as Sir Winston Churchill and enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea while admiring the beautiful sea views.
Try a coastal walk with a difference
When we think of Dover, we might envisage a bustling port town or the rolling White Cliffs that line the English channel. Renowned globally for their striking appearance, the cliffs provide a walkers haven, with National Trail routes running along the coast, often passing along the very edges of the cliffs. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do, CHALKUP21, a new architectural coastal trail, offers a novel way to experience this beautiful stretch of coastline. Highlighting contemporary examples of art and architecture along the way, many of which have won prestigious industry awards for their vision and innovation.
More than a castle
High upon the hillside watching over the town, stands proudly the great tower of Dover Castle, but did you know that the grounds are packed full of other historical gems?! Such as the the Roman Pharos which is the oldest surviving lighthouse, or explore underground and discover the World War II hospital and also learn about Dover Castle’s role in Operation Dynamo, a whole afternoon will flash by while visiting Dover Castle.
Time for a swift half...
One last stop which is a must before heading back home, and that’s is a visit to the pub! Just below Dover Castle and on your way back to the train station, sits Dover’s oldest pub The White Horse. This award-winning pub is the perfect place to reflect on the day Well known locally for its warm hospitality, the White Horse also the adopted Channel Swimmers pub, featuring names and times of all those who have completed the cross-channel swim.
Please note: All of our recommendations may have different opening times, events and admissions.
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