Dover Castle is the oldest fort in England and has been strategic in the country's defence even up to and including WW1 and WW2. Originally strengthened from an Anglo-Saxon fort in 1066 by William the Conqueror with futher additions made by Henry II and Henry VIII.

This castle is not an example of how Kings and Queens lived but concentrates on its role as a fort and the battles that it has endured. Visitors can experience the siege of 1216 by Louis VIII of France, discover the labyrinth of secret wartime tunnels built under Dover's white cliffs and walk through the rooms where the miracle of Dunkirk was planned. The secret war time tunnels are only accessible on a guided tour with numbers limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

Parts of the castle were also used as a hospital during WWII. Constructed in 1941-2 as Medical Dressing Station for injured troops, visitors today can experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the underground Second World War hospital with its operating theatre.

Visitors can also see the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Museum, one of the best-preserved Roman lighthouses in Europe and the most complete Saxon church in Kent.

How do I get to Dover Castle?
Stagecoach in East Kent run Passenger Services 593 from Dover (and passes close to Dover Priory railway station enroute).
By Road, Dover Castle is to the east of Dover, and is sign posted from M20, A2 (junction 1 of M2) and from town centre.
By Train: Dover Priory Station (1 1/2 Miles)

Where can I eat when I visit Dover Castle?
There are plenty of places to eat at Dover Castle:
NAAFI Restaurant: offers a selection of delicious hot meals and homemade treats.
Secret Wartime Tunnels Cafe offers a selection of homemade sandwiches, hot stew and crusty bread and a selection of cakes and afternoon teas.
Great Tower Cafe: provides homemade soups and freshly made sandwiches, local juices, beer and fair-trade hot drinks, cakes and tea.
There is also an Ice Cream Parlour.