Dover Castle & Secret Wartime Tunnels



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Various exhibitions demonstrate how Dover Castle has served as a vital strategic centre for the Iron Age onwards. In May 1940 the tunnels under the castle became the nerve centre for 'Operation Dynamo' - the evacuation of Dunkirk. These wartime secrets are now revealed for all to see. The Great Tower explores life at the Court of Henry II.

Dover Castle & Secret Wartime Tunnels


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Land train with wheelchair lift, virtual tour, wheelchair and mobility scooters for loan, induction loop, disabled parking, tactile model of Great Tower
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-23 Dec and 2 Jan-11 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan and19 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Mon 10-4; 12-18 Feb, daily 10-4; 30 Mar onwards please see website. Closed 24-26 Dec

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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