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Gaze across the glinting sea to the distant shores of France, enjoy local cuisine in traditional pubs by the crackle of an open fire, and explore historic castles used for centuries to guard the English coast against invaders from abroad. The closest point to the Continent, Dover is visited by millions of travelers every year. Characterized by towering cliffs that shimmer pearlescent white through the spray, they’re edged by pebble-encrusted beaches and topped by windswept fields.

Things to see

Lined by its famous White Cliffs, Dover Beach is slightly less famous than the towering walls of chalk that overlook it. Along the pebble-covered seashore, where dark flint stones are tossed and turned by the tide, you’ll reach Dover Harbour and Ferry Terminal where cargo-carrying boats chug in and out on their way to the Continent and back. At the Dover Transport Museum, vintage cars, WWI military lorries, ancient steam-rollers, and Romany caravans are on highly-polished display. Street scenes of bygone eras add to the overall charm. If you can make it here for the 1940s Wartime Weekend, an annual event that showcases the role Dover played during the war, you’ll be treated to an impressive display of costumed characters reliving vital war roles. Dover Castle, a solid stone structure standing proudly on the edge of the spectacular White Cliffs, is worth a visit. Underground tunnels built during the war lead to strongholds in the castle foundations, medieval actors reenact periods of historic Royal courts inside the Great Tower, ghosts haunt its hallowed halls, and tired tourists can stop for a pick-me-up coffee in the quaint café.

Hotels in Dover

Whatever your budget, there are plenty of excellent hotels in Dover, from comfortable mid-range bed and breakfasts to modern discount hotels. At the lower end of the budget, comfortable rooms, private en-suite facilities, and a cooked or continental breakfast are the typical amenities you can expect to find. Luxury hotels in Dover, on the other hand, are often extremely well-decorated, converted townhouses, with contemporary decor, fine-dining restaurants serving locally caught fish, luxury bathrooms, and an in-house bar where you can sip a cocktail or two before turning in.

Where to stay

Dover isn’t particularly big, which means that wherever you choose to stay, you’ll only be a short walk from its dramatic coastline, busy ferry terminal, or quiet main street stores. Paved pedestrian plazas hug the edge of the High Street, showing off with beautiful blooms, lofty mature trees, and historic monuments and churches. Brightly painted pubs beckon enticingly to passing tourists enjoying their stroll through open air shopping arcades, past discount hotels, and preserved medieval buildings. The winding route of Castle Hill Road takes you past Dover Castle to a viewpoint above the White Cliffs, and from here, on a clear day, you’ll catch sight of France on the distance horizon.

How to get to Dover

While the Ferry Port is the most obvious transport route to Dover, it’s not useful for Trans-Atlantic visitors. Arriving by plane means landing at one of the London airports – probably Heathrow Airport – and traveling the M20 by road or catching a local train. Once in Dover, there are plenty of taxis and local buses to help you get around, and if you’re feeling adventurous, a day trip to France by ferry is a lovely way to enjoy some warmer weather and exciting cuisine.

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