Whether you’re a thrill-seeking daredevil, a laid-back explorer looking to soak up the tranquillity of nature in a beautiful destination where coast meets countryside, or a hidden gem-loving free spirit out to enjoy new things, you will absolutely love the unique experiences and quality activities that White Cliffs Country has to offer.
Visit Deal, Dover, Sandwich and beyond and discover stunning, unforgettable landscapes and an abundance of history and heritage at every turn. We have ancient castles and forts with re-enactments taking place throughout the year, bringing the past to life in this world-famous corner of South East England. Grab your walking boots or hire a bike and enjoy active travel along our many scenic trails and routes that follow our stunning coastline and weave throughout idyllic rural landscapes, character towns and historical villages. Visit our many gardens and parks for quality relaxation time or take a moment to watch the world go by from our quiet beaches. There really is something for everyone in White Cliffs Country - one of the most beautiful places in England, which has one of the warmest and driest climates in the UK - and from the youngest to the oldest, our visitors love to come back here again and again.
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World-famous White Cliffs of Dover
Frequently described as one of the best places to walk in the UK, the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover offer spectacular views and an exhilarating clifftop walk along an incredible, naturally formed wall of chalk, which stretches for ten miles along the White Cliffs Country coastline. The cliff face reaches up to 300 feet and on a clear day, you can see the corresponding cliffs of Cap Gris-Nez in France! Stroll from the visitor centre to the historically significant South Foreland Lighthouse and take tea and cake at Mrs Knott's 1950s-inspired vintage tea room.
Impressive history and heritage
White Cliffs Country and Dover have been inhabited since the Stone Age!
Positioned at the narrowest part of the English Channel, our proximity to France has always been of strategic importance to England, Britain and the continent.
Julius Caesar landed at Walmer during the Roman Invasion of 54 BC, Richborough Roman Fort witnessed both the beginning and almost the end of Roman rule here, and Dover was the prime objective of the invasion plans of William the Conqueror, Napoleon and Hitler.
- Immerse yourself in 2,000 years of history at Dover Castle and explore the secret war time tunnels
- Discover the world’s oldest surviving sea-going vessel, the Bronze Age Boat at Dover Museum
- Find an original Charter of the Forest in Sandwich Guildhall Museum. Did you know, Sandwich even has its own Magna Carta?
- See the original Wellington Boots at Walmer Castle, the official residence of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, which in the past has included the Duke of Wellington and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
- Visit South Foreland Lighthouse, a striking Victorian landmark on the White Cliffs of Dover, and uncover its historical and scientific significance
With three castles, nine museums, four forts, a unique Timeball Tower, a Roman Painted House, windmills to explore, and a wealth of churches and historical monuments... you're sure to be impressed by the history and heritage of White Cliffs Country.
Cast your cares away and embrace coastal living! Being by the sea promotes a feeling of relaxation - have you noticed that you sleep soundly after a day on the beach? It's the sea air!
Enjoy our beautiful bays and beaches, our coastal walks, Deal Pier, fishing boats, yachts in Dover marina, and the maritime history of our character towns - with secret alleyways used by smugglers of the 18th century and traditional culture of the coast just some of the hidden gems that are awaiting your discovery here.
Did we mention the local, freshly caught fish and famous Dover sole? We think traditional Fish and Chips always taste better by the coast!
And did you know that France is only 21 miles away from Dover in White Cliffs Country? You can often see the French coastline from our shores. Stay in White Cliffs Country before heading to Europe or embarking on your cruise holiday, and make your holiday last even longer as you explore our fascinating and unique destination.
As well as our striking coastline we also have an abundance of wonderful countryside with stunning views, historic villages and ancient churches. Many of our villages display historic information panels, which describe their origins and history through the centuries.
The gardens, parks and open spaces in White Cliffs Country are also spectacular at all times of the year.
- For generations, artists, designers, writers and musicians have been inspired by our beautiful coastline, chalk downs, stunning countryside, smugglers' alleyways, historical heritage and nautical charisma.
- With connections to Jane Austen, visit the beautiful and peaceful Goodnestone Park Gardens.
- Explore the beautiful and sustainable Pines Calyx Gardens at St Margaret’s Bay.
- Visit Betteshanger Park with woodlands, country walks and cycle track. Wildlife is abundant!
The perfect place for walking and cycling
Whether an experienced walker or casual rambler, join a guided tour or independently explore miles of marked walking and themed trails.
With many cycle routes and trails, bring your own bike or hire one, and also discover the countryside on two wheels!
Exhilarating coastal activities and outdoor pursuits
White Cliffs Country is totally geared up for outdoor lovers, so you can take advantage of miles of diverse and unspoiled coastline.
Play a round of golf at one of the challenging championship links courses in Sandwich or Deal, or even play golf on top of the White Cliffs! Try a wide range of water based activities at Dover Sea Sports Centre.
If you love wildlife then you'll love White Cliffs Country, with seal-spotting boat trips, nature trails, nature reserves, a wildlife park and conservation centre to explore while you're here.
Nestled in the Garden of England, we place huge importance on quality and locally grown produce. From cosy village pubs and beach front bars to festival street food and gourmet restaurants, there’s something for everyone’s taste in White Cliffs Country.
It would be a culinary crime not to visit Sandwich, next to the hamlet of Ham. Did you know... the word “sandwich” for an item of food was probably named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who to avoid interrupting a gambling game, asked for meat to be served between slices of bread?
Quirky hidden gems
Discover the many hidden gems of White Cliffs Country. Take a tour of Sandwich Guildhall, built in the reign of Elizabeth I, or view a fantastic range of maritime exhibits at Deal Museum. Dover’s Roman Painted House and Transport Museum are treasures you'll love to uncover!
Relax with some retail therapy!
You’ll find a wealth of independent quirky shops and art galleries for that perfect gift or memento of your visit in the town of Deal (winner of the Telegraph’s High Street of the Year) - and shopping in the stunning medieval streets of Sandwich should not be missed!
In Dover, St James Retail & Leisure Park offers a good choice of familiar shops alongside restaurants, cafes and a multiplex cinema. Just a short walk away is De Bradelei Wharf in its beautiful marina setting, and our Market Square and High Street are only moments away.
Across White Cliffs Country we have a lively arts and events scene, with great shopping experiences at our craft markets (both outdoor and indoor) and regular events offering diverse opportunities for all.
Annual special shopping events include:
- Deal's open air 'Braderie' antiques and memorabilia fayre across the town.
- Walmer's antiques and collectables 'Brocante' fair on Walmer Green.
Festivals, events and regattas
Our festivals and regattas are traditional, fun, full of community spirit and everyone is invited!
Here in White Cliffs Country we have a bounty of annual events.
Traditional events, such as:
- Dover's 'White Cliffs Christmas' event in Cruise Terminal 1, complete with market, ice rink, Santa's Grotto and lots more.
- Deal's 'Carnival and Regatta' week, complete with live music, fireworks, traditional fair rides, raft race, lorry-pull, teddy bear picnic and much more. The annual 'Classic Car Motor Show' is also not to be missed.
- Sandwich's 'Folk & Ale Festival', complete with music, dancing and an outdoor stage.
Arts festivals, such as:
- Deal's popular two-week 'Festival of Music and the Arts', attracting both national and international musicians and artists. The annual Royal Marines Band concert on Walmer Green is also not to be missed.
- Sandwich's 'Arts Week', complete with music, concerts, workshops, drama and film.
- Dover's 'Film Festival', showcasing the events and lives of the people of Dover.
Food & drink festivals, which include:
- Sandwich's 'Food Fayre' and the 'Sandwich Festival'. Can there be a better place to celebrate food and produce.
- Dover's 'Beer & Cider Festival', featuring real ales and ciders from all over the country, including local specialties.
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So much to see and do! So many memories to take home with you!