An active, adventurous and authentic English historic town: Visit Dover, Kent, in the Garden of England

'An active, adventurous and authentic English historic town'

White Cliffs Country takes its name from Dover’s iconic chalk coastline and spectacular natural feature: the White Cliffs of Dover. A clifftop walk along the world-famous White Cliffs - top of many people's bucket-lists and post-lockdown wish-lists - is a must-do for your visit, with breath-taking views across the English Channel. Spot France in the distance and watch the cruise ships and ferries as they enter and depart from Dover Harbour.

There is a huge variety of coastal and countryside routes to explore on Dover walks, through beautiful rural landscapes with rare chalk grassland habitat and stunning panoramic views, suitable for all ages and abilities. Dover is proud to have been awarded the Walkers Are Welcome status and the town organises many walking events, including an annual Walking Festival. There are plenty of cycle trails to explore, including the Chalk and Channel Way, which takes in the rugged beauty of the White Cliffs. 

You'll find dozens of unmissable activities in Dover and plenty of exciting experiences here for all the family to enjoy. Outdoor lovers can sample a wide selection of watersports at Dover Sea Sports Centre, or join an exhilarating Sea Safari to view the White Cliffs from the water and see seals in their natural environment. But there’s another captivating side to Dover: the town’s unique history and heritage. The so-called ‘Gateway to England’ has been a significant port since Roman times. Thanks to its close proximity to France, Dover played a crucial defensive role in World World II. You'll find the story of all of this, and more, unfolds in Dover Castle and the Dover tunnels, as well as in the town's forts and many other sites of historical interest. Don't miss Dover Museum, which proudly houses the world's oldest surviving sea-going vessel: the 3000 year old Bronze Age Boat is on display here, just yards from where it was originally discovered.

Being immersed in history, adventure and outdoor pursuits is hungry work. As you’d expect from such a vibrant port town, there are plenty of places to eat in Dover - allowing you to rest and refuel. From fancy fine dining to good old fish & chips, Dover’s restaurants include something to suit everyone's tastes. Browse our list of eating establishments in Dover and take your pick.

Full of hidden gems for you to uncover, a visit to the town of Dover is sure not to disappoint - so why not book your stay today?

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Cruise Itineraries

Film and TV in Dover

Firsts across the English Channel

Literary Connections - Dover

Literary Connections in St Margaret's

eat & drink in Dover

Alkham Valley Tea Rooms

Bella Italia at the Holiday Inn Dover

Breakwater Brewery & Taproom

Cafe Melange

Cullins Yard

Elephant and Hind

Hopewood Farm

Jerk n' Tingz

Mr. White's English Chophouse

Mrs Knott's Tea Room

Pines Garden Tea Room

Pretty Bubbles Horsebox Bar

The Allotment

The Boardwalk Café at De Bradelei Wharf

The Coastguard

The Dover Patrol

The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

The Lantern Inn

The Marquis of Granby

The Pizza Shack

The Waterfront Bar and Lounge

The Weigh-Inn

The White Horse

Waterfront Cafe at Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel

Wheeler’s Fish & Chips

White Cliffs Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop

stay in Dover

Alkham Court

Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

Bleriots

Brambles Bed & Breakfast Kent

Castle House

Chilton Farmyard B&B

Churchill Guest House

Greenhill Glamping & Holiday Let

Hawthorn Farm

Holiday Inn Dover

Keswick House

Lenox House, Dover

Little Satmar Holiday Park

Longfield Guest House

Maison Dieu Guest House

Norman Guest House, Dover

Number One Guest House

Premier Inn Dover Central

Premier Inn Dover East

Premier Inn Dover West

Rolles Court

Romany Dreams Gypsy Wagon Bed & Breakfast Experience

St Margaret's Bay Holiday Park

Strathmore

The Connaught

The Old Fire Station

The White Cliffs Retreat

Travelodge Dover

things to do in Dover

Archcliffe Fort

Balance Spa & Health Club

Battle of Britain Memorial

Bleriot Memorial

Blue Fish Cabaret Wine Bar, Dover

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Chalk and Channel Way

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Channel Gliding Club

Cineworld

Coker Fishing Trips

Connaught Park

Crabble Corn Mill

Cross channel swimming

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Dover Castle

Dover District Leisure Centre

Dover Greeters

Dover Harbour

Dover Marina

Dover Marina Pier

Dover Museum

Dover Sea Safari

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Dover St. James Cemetery

Dover Tours

Dover Town Hall

Dover Town Hall Tours

Dover Transport Museum

Dover Waterfront Spa & Health Club

Dover's Bluebird Market

Drop Redoubt

East Kent Railway

Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Centre

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fort Burgoyne

Frontline Britain Trail

Gamebase & Playbase

Grand Shaft

Kearsney Parks

Knights Templar, Dover

Little Farthingloe Farm

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

my GALLERY, Dover

North Downs Way

Owl House Riding Centre

Pebbles Kiosk & Facilities

Pencester Gardens

Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum

Roman Painted House

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Samphire Hoe

Shakespeare Beach

Shopping in Dover

Silver Screen Cinema

South Foreland Lighthouse

South Foreland Walk

St Edmund's Chapel

St James Retail and Leisure Park

St Mary's Church Capel-le-Ferne

St Mary's Church Dover

The Booking Hall

The Pines Calyx Garden

The Pines Garden Gallery

The Roundhouse Theatre

Tranquility

Western Heights

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Western Heights walks

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

White Cliffs of Dover

Women’s Land Army Museum