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Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. Some sources say it is the largest castle in England, a title also claimed by Windsor Castle.

Roam through 900 years of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the twentieth century, in an action-packed day out. Stand atop the iconic White Cliffs, take in the glorious sight of Henry II’s mighty medieval Great Tower and discover the castle’s vital role in WWII. Explore acres of wide open castle grounds, walk the battlements and mighty defences and stretch your legs and imaginations at England’s greatest fortress.



Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in a medieval palace like no other.

Be transported to a world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition, as you experience the vibrant colour and rich furnishings of one of medieval England’s most important castles.

Meet the royal court of King Henry II as the castle is brought to life on selected dates throughout the year.


Experience the sights, sounds and smells of this authentic underground hospital.

Follow the dramatic journey of a wounded WWII pilot, fighting for his life as he is rushed through to the operating theatre.

See the living conditions in the tunnels and hear about the difficulties of treating injuries in such close proximity to falling enemy bombs.


In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time took place, masterminded right here deep within Dover’s secret wartime tunnels.

See, hear and feel the danger as the events and people from the Dunkirk evacuation are made real. Journey through the tunnels deep beneath the castle as special effects, projections and real film footage bring this dramatic rescue operation to life.

Arrive early to ensure you get a tour, and see for yourself how the tide turned in Dunkirk.


During the First World War, the Dover area was officially designated as a fortress with Dover Castle acting as military headquarters. Our recreated fire command post reveals the story of this important period in the castle’s history, and is also home to the only working British 3 Inch Gun in the world, which performs regular firing demonstrations on weekends each summer.

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This restoration of the fire command post was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Friends of Dover Castle.


Descend at your own pace into the eerie, winding medieval tunnels, burrowed beneath the castle during and after the Siege of 1216. These covert defences protect the most vulnerable side of the castle from attack.

There’s still more to see at Dover including the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment Museum, and the battlements walk. A visit to Dover Castle can easily fill a whole day or more.

Plan your visit to Dover Castle today.

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