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Dover Priory

National Rail | station code DVP

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A busy port, Dover is most famous for its White Cliffs which are now protected by the National Trust. You can see the White Cliffs from parts of the Battlement Walks in the grounds of Dover Castle and from the coastal path between the White Cliffs Visitor Centre and the South Foreland Lighthouse near St Margaret's Bay, but the very best views are from the sea on a ferry between Dover and France!

As you walk from the station notice the view up to Dover Castle, the best walking route to the Castle is highlighted on the map but you can catch a bus to avoid the steeply uphill part of the walk. The Bleriot Memorial commemorates where the Frenchman Louis Bleriot landed on 25 July 1909 after becoming the first person to fly across the English Channel.

Note that Dover Priory is Dover's only station despite having 'Priory' in its name.

Dover PlusBus tickets are valid within an extensive area including Deal, Walmer and Sandwich.

TI Dover Museum. Tel. 01304 201066.

Dover Kent

Photograph of Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover attractions map

Dover Castle EH 1¼ miles uphill or by bus

A massive Norman castle set high on the famous White Cliffs. Discover 2000 years of history from the Romans to World War II. Secret Wartime Tunnels, Roman Lighthouse, Battlements walk, Regimental Museum. Tearoom.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Jul-Aug). Nov-Mar, SSu (also WThF in Mar) 1000-1600.
Bus 81 from Pencester Road (½ mile from Rail Station) uphill to near Castle entrance (5 minutes journey), then ¼ mile walk. M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Dover PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by Stagecoach. The short bus journey avoids the steep uphill walk.

Roman Painted House ½ mile

An exceptionally well preserved Roman hotel with intact wall paintings and hypocaust under-floor heating. Remains of Roman fort wall and bastion. The modern cover building has displays on Roman Dover.
Open please see website.

Dover Museum & Bronze Age Boat Gallery ½ mile

A collection of real objects, models and original pictures showing the history of Dover. The Bronze Age Boat Gallery has interactive exhibits, computers and microscopes. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700 (1500 Sun). Oct-Mar, M-S 1000-1700.

Dover Transport Museum

See Kearsney.

The White Cliffs of Dover NT 2¼ miles (part uphill) or by bus then 1 mile

A magnificent coastal site of chalk downland at the top of the cliffs looking out over the busy English Channel. Visitor Centre with spectacular views. Fan Bay wartime Deep Shelter tours (see website). 2 mile walk along the cliffs to the South Foreland Lighthouse, leaflets available from the Visitor Centre. Coffee shop. Picnic tables.
Open at all times. Visitor Centre Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).
Bus as for Dover Castle, then 1 mile walk to Visitor Centre.