Explore White Cliffs Country and you’ll discover a unique destination where coast meets countryside, ancient meets modern and relaxation meets adventure. Just a short journey from London and recognised as the UK’s gateway to Europe, White Cliffs Country is overflowing with opportunities for you to enjoy creative and personal experiences. With no shortage of different things to see and do in this part of Kent, White Cliffs Country lets you escape the everyday, making memories to treasure and share.
Named after its own spectacular natural feature, the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, White Cliffs Country holds the key to an exciting journey of discovery. Look a little closer and uncover countless hidden gems within Dover, Deal and Sandwich. Full of fascinating history and heritage, these characterful towns and their neighbouring picturesque villages are surrounded by striking coastline and beautiful countryside, perfect to explore on foot or on two wheels. In White Cliffs Country, around 22% of the entire region is designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) and 3% of this is designated as Heritage Coast.
Nature lovers can drink in the panoramic views and unspoiled landforms of the coast - from the dramatic White Cliffs to Sandwich Bay. Enjoy being active? Then take advantage of the mile upon mile of marked walking and cycling trails, many of which are themed for added interest - such as CHALKUP21, along which you can discover 21st Century art and architecture, including the White Cliffs Visitor Centre. The North Downs Way stretches for more than 150 miles along the chalk ridge of the North Downs while along the Miners Way Trail, you can explore local history as you follow in the footsteps of Kent’s coalminers, past the old mines opened in a 1920s’ rush for “black gold”.
History enthusiasts will also love to discover world-famous Dover Castle in White Cliffs Country, the biggest castle in England after Windsor - Walmer Castle, a former residence of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, a little further along the coast - and Richborough Roman Fort near Sandwich, perhaps the most symbolically important Roman site in Britain. There are centuries of history to be uncovered here, from the 3000 year old Bronze Age Boat on display at Dover Museum to the Dover tunnels under the White Cliffs used for secret operations in World War Two.
With some of the UK’s greatest golf links courses to play on, and a golf course on the White Cliffs from where you can see France across the sea, White Cliffs Country is proud to be the home of Kent's Golf Coast. The 149th Open will take place here at Royal St George's in July 2021.
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