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Historic Trail Itineraries

© DDC

Historic Trail Itineraries

© DDC

Historic Trail Itineraries

Did 2020 leave you curious to discover more about the history on your doorstep? In White Cliffs Country you'll discover so much incredible history that you'll leave full to the brim with fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes about this unique destination in Kent. From Dover Castle's ancient history to its role in the Second World War and the chronology of Europe's busiest ferry port at Dover, to the maritime history of Deal, to the medieval origins of the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich - there's history and heritage in abundance here!

Discover history across White Cliffs Country 

White Cliffs Country contains a wealth of history and heritage, spanning from the prehistoric through to the present day. You can discover more about our unique history by following one of the four Historic Trails; all include all the 'must see' sites and locations, along with an introduction to the history.

  • Deal Historic Town Trail

    Smugglers, revenue men, women of the night, murders and shipwrecks: discover more of Deal’s fascinating and notorious past by following this historic town trail at your own pace. At each numbered site on the map you will find an information panel giving an illustrated account of Deal’s history.

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  • Sandwich Historic Town Trail

    Sandwich was one of the famous Cinque Ports, which were grouped together by Edward the Confessor, for defence purposes. In fact, its street plan hasn’t changed much at all since the Domesday Book was commissioned and it is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Britain.

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  • Dover Historic Town Trail

    For centuries past, Dover has been the gateway to England and the town is packed with relics of history.  At each numbered site on the map you will find an information panel giving an illustrated account of Dover’s history.

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  • Historic Villages Trail

    The rural area of East Kent around Canterbury, Sandwich, Deal and Dover is dotted with ancient villages. Over the centuries these little communities witnessed the passage of Kings and Queens, Princes, Archbishops, soldiers and sailors. Today many old churches, half-timbered houses and other monuments stand in these villages to remind the visitor of the history of this corner of England.

    Follow the leaflet for an illustrated history of our villages and their history.

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