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Western Heights

western-heightsOne 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 Grand Shaft is a unique 19th Century triple staircase built to provide a short cut for troops from the Western Heights to the town. It has three staircases of Purbeck limestone which wind clockwise down a central shaft.

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: 




  • Western Heights, Drop Redoubt Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9DY
  • See location on Google maps.
  • Map reference: TR 314408 Lat: 51.11972 Long: 1.30517
  • 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, with all the other remaining structures lying to the west.
  • Nearest station : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Dover Priory station

Telephone: 01304 201066


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