Welcome to Dover

From panoramic walks along the White Cliffs to exploring this small but mighty port town's incredible history there's so much more to Dover than meets the eye. Start planning your visit to explore its hidden depths.

White Cliffs Country takes its name from Dover’s iconic chalk coastline and spectacular natural feature: the White Cliffs of Dover. With breath-taking views across the English Channel, a clifftop walk along the world-famous cliffs is a must for your visit. On a clear day, you'll see the French coast in the distance and cruise ships and ferries coming and going from Dover Harbour.

Dover is a 'Walkers are Welcome' town with walking routes to explore suitable for all ages and abilities and walking events, including an annual walking festival. There are knowledgeable volunteers to guide you on a walking tour of the town or a self-guided town trail to follow and discover the town's beautiful and historic sites. Head to the seafront to stroll along the architect-designed promenade to the Marina Curve, home to street food stalls and events in summer, and out along the pier for panoramic views of the seafront, harbour and cliffs.

Cycling is another great way to explore the town - bring your own bike or hire one from the Click2Cycle stations dotted around town. You can collect a bike from one station and leave it at another. Download the app for more information.

For an unforgettable experience on water, join Dover Sea Safari or Wetwheels South East for an exhilarating boat trip from Dover Harbour to see the White Cliffs from the sea, seals in their natural environment or the infamous Goodwin Sands.

Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to England’, Dover has been a significant port since Roman times (when it was known as Dubris) and there are still Roman remains to be discovered. Thanks to its close proximity to France, the town played a crucial defensive role over the ages and you'll find the story of all this, and more, at Dover Castle and its Secret Wartime Tunnels, as well as in the town's many other incredible historic sites such as the Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft.

Don't miss Dover Museum in the Market Square, which proudly houses the world's oldest surviving sea-going vessel - the 3000-year-old Bronze Age Boat - in a special gallery just yards from where it was originally discovered. The museum is also home to the Visitor Information Centre where you'll find helpful advice and information to make the most of your stay. 

A man and a woman looking at a display case housing the wooden remains of the Bronze Age Boat.
The Bronze Age Boat Gallery in Dover Museum.

As you explore town, stop off in one of the many friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs where you'll find a warm welcome - try pizzas at a local microbrewery and cafes serving good home-cooked food, award-winning pubs specialising in local seasonal produce and smart seafront restaurants. When it comes to places to spend the night, Dover also has a wide range to suit all budgets, from high-street chains and cosy bed & breakfasts to luxury Dover Marina Hotel overlooking the harbour.