Best known for its dramatic, chalky cliffs, Dover boasts a treasure-trove of wartime secrets, a centuries-old castle and a place in the nation’s collective heart. Travel to Dover – the gateway to mainland Europe and gaze out to France and Belgium.
Getting here: Take high speed Southeastern trains from St Pancras International to Dover Priory and get there in around 1 hour 15 minutes.
For a full-on forties experience this bank holiday weekend, it has to be Dover Castle! Enjoy an action packed day out from bombed out shops and explosive battles to vintage hairdos, music, encampments and displays. There’s a free bus between the station and the castle - Southeastern ticket holders can get 20% off event admission on the door.
See what’s left of a boat that goes back further in time than Tutankhamun of Ancient Egypt. The remains of this 3,500-year-old vessel were unearthed beneath the streets of Dover in modern times. The oak boat, thought to have crossed the English Channel in the Bronze Age, can be found at Dover Museum.
Sights don’t come much more stirring than the White Cliffs of Dover. They’re synonymous with national identity and culture – the “green and pleasant land” of William Blake’s poem. Nowadays they’re the perfect place for a bracing clifftop walk – home to pretty wildflowers, butterflies and birds.
Use one of these offers and book your tickets in advance for a cheap day out.