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Top Choice Castle in Dover

Dover Castle

Occupying top spot, literally and figuratively, in Dover’s townscape, this most impressive of castles was built to bolster the country’s weakest point at the shortest sea crossing to mainland Europe. The highlights …
Top Choice Public Art in Dover

Banksy Brexit Mural

Despite voting leave, the poor port town of Dover is possibly the Southeast community set to suffer most post-Brexit. It was perhaps for that reason that Banksy chose a highly visible gable end to create his Brexit …
Top Choice British in Dover


Dover’s best dining spot plates up local fish and meat from around Canterbury, seasoned with herbs from the tranquil garden out back, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cleanse your palette with a Kentish wine in a re…
Historic Site in Dover

Secret Wartime Tunnels

The biggest draw at Dover Castle is the secret wartime tunnels. The claustrophobic chalk-hewn passageways were excavated during the Napoleonic Wars and then expanded to house a command post and hospital in WWII. The…
Ruins in Dover

Roman Painted House

A crumbling 1960s bunker is the unlikely setting for some of the most extensive, if stunted, Roman wall paintings north of the Alps. Several scenes depict Bacchus (Roman god of wine and revelry), which makes perfect…
Museum in Dover

Dover Museum

By far the most enthralling exhibit in the town's three-storey museum is an astonishing 3600-year-old Bronze Age boat, discovered here in 1992. Vaunted as the world's oldest-known seagoing vessel, it measures a thum…
Cafe in Dover

La Salle Verte

A much-loved coffee or lunch halt with fascinating black-and-white images of old Dover lining the walls, an intimate cellar and friendly staff. Fills up at lunch, even on winter Wednesdays.
Ruins in Dover

Roman Lighthouse

This Roman-era lighthouse is Britain's oldest standing building and dates from around AD 50.
Church in Dover

Saxon Church

The restored Saxon Church of St Mary in Castro can be found up in the castle.