Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle and have an amazing day out!
The Great Tower
Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the royal court of King Henry II. Experience the vibrant colour and opulence of one of medieval England's most important castles as you're transported to a world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition.
Immerse yourself in the drama of the Dunkirk evacuation in the very tunnels where the desperate rescue operation was masterminded. State-of-the-art effects and real film footage combine to bring those dramatic events of May 1940 to life.
Travel deep into the white cliffs to explore the atmospheric Underground Hospital. Converted into a hospital for injured troops in 1941, visitors today can experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the World War II hospital with its operating theatre.
Secret Wartime Tunnels
For over 200 years the tunnels have provided shelter, safety and secrecy to those defending our shores. Delve deeper into the history of the tunnels, from Napoleonic times to the Cold War in this new exhibition.
Visit the ANGLO-SAXON CHURCH OF ST MARY-IN-CASTRO, admire the ROMAN LIGHTHOUSE (PHAROS), be impressed by the PRINCESS OF WALES'S ROYAL REGIMENT MUSEUM, spot ships in the English Channel from the ADMIRALTY LOOKOUT and see the WORLD WAR l FIRE COMMAND POST, go ghost hunting and feel the eerie chill in the MEDIEVAL TUNNELS, work up an appetite on the BATTLEMENTS WALK and enjoy spectacular views whilst eating a picnic or take refreshments at the cafes. If your feet are tired, take the LAND TRAIN. Be tempted by the unique gifts at the shop in the Inner Bailey.
Tours of the different levels within the Secret Wartime Tunnels last approximately 30 minutes each. In addition we recommend 30 minutes in the Wartime Tunnels exhibition.
Don't miss the events at Dover Castle throughout the year!
- Access to keep courtyard and grounds: Extensive grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths but there are some very steep slopes. Wheelchair routes and guides are available.
- A land train is available for access to different areas of the site. Mobility scooters are also available and should be requested in advance.
- Parking: disabled visitors may use Palace Green car park next to keep to avoid steep path from Constable's Tower and cobbled drawbridge.
- Toilets: adapted WCs available; ramped access beside keep and Secret Wartime Tunnels.
- Shop: level access.
- Restaurant and cafe: level access.
- Free parking available within castle.
Visually Impaired Visitors
- Braille guide and disabled orientation map available.
Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Hearing dogs welcome. Some hearing loops available
- Adults £19.40
- Concession £17.50
- Children £11.60
- Family (2 adults and 3 children) £50.40
- Members/OVP FREE.
- Secret Wartime Tunnels tour included in admission prices.
- Group discounts available.
- Prices may vary at special events.
- 1 January: closed
- 2 January - 12 February: Monday - Friday closed; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 13 - 17 February: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 18 February to 31 March: Monday & Tuesday closed; Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 1 April - 31 July: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
- 1 - 31 August: Monday - Sunday 9:30-18:00
- 1 - 30 September: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
- 1 - 31 October: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
- 1 November - 23 December: Monday - Friday closed; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 24 - 26 December: closed
- 27 December - 1 January: Tuesday closed; Monday, Thursday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 2 January - 11 February: Monday - Friday closed; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 12 - 18 February: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 19 February - 29 March: Monday & Tuesday closed; Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- 30 March onwards: Opening times will be available nearer the time.
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Holiday Opening Times:
Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Early May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday: 10:00 - 18:00
Summer Bank Holiday: 09:30 - 18:00
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day: closed
In extreme conditions, the site can be forced to close at short notice due to high winds. Whilst this is a rare occurrence, if you are travelling a long distance to visit Dover Castle we advise you to call the site in advance to check for the latest weather conditions.
PLEASE CHECK THE ENGLISH HERITAGE WEBSITE FOR ANY CHANGES OR UPDATES TO OPENING HOURS AND SCHEDULED EVENTS.
- Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
- See location on Google maps.
- Map reference: TR 324418 Lat: 51.12830 Long: 1.32007
- From A2/M2 follow signs to Docks. At Duke of York roundabout take 3rd exit and follow the road towards the town centre, the Castle is on the left hand side of the road.
- From M20/A20 follows the signs to the Docks, at the Woolcomber Street traffic lights take next right onto Castle Hill Road. At junction turn right and Castle is on the right hand side of the road.
- Parking : free
- Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Dover Priory Train Station