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The Drop Redoubt

drop-redoubtOne of the most important and impressive fortifications in Britain, the Western Heights are a series of strong points linked by miles of ditches on the western hilltop above Dover. They were originally begun during the American War of Independence, were strengthened during the Napoleonic Wars and updated and strengthened again in the mid-19th Century.

Drop Redoubt is one of the two forts on Western Heights, and is linked to the other, the Citadel, by 'the lines' It is a large and impressive fortress.

The Western Heights Preservation Society holds an annual open weekend giving the public a rare opportunity to see the Drop Redoubt and the Grand Shaft. Displays, stalls and groups of Napoleonic re-enactors carry out drills and skirmishes to bring the past to life.

For more information please see the Western Heights Preservation Society's website:

Opening details

Please contact the Western Heights Preservation Society. Drop Redoubt is not open to the public but special tours can be arranged and there is an annual open weekend.




  • Drop Redoubt, Drop Redoubt Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9DY
  • See location on Google maps.
  • Map reference: TR 314408 Lat: 51.11972 Long: 1.30517
  • The Drop Redoubt is at the end of Drop Redoubt Road, off Military Road in Dover, Kent. It is the extreme eastern end of the Heights.
  • Nearest station : Dover Priory station

Telephone: 01304 201066


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