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48 hour Itinerary


48 hour Itinerary

© Paul Wells

48 hour Itinerary

White Cliffs Country might be named after its famous chalk coastline, but this area offers much more to experience and enjoy. Just a short journey from London, the UK’s gateway to Europe is, in fact, a delightful destination in its own right. Incorporating the towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich, White Cliffs Country features many areas of outstanding natural beauty. You'll find there’s never any shortage of different things to see and do! Known as the Gateway to England, White Cliffs Country welcomes millions of visitors each year.

With its wealth of heritage and history, beautiful countryside and stunning coastal views, 48 hours is just not enough time to experience all of the amazing things to do and see, but if that’s all you have then try some of our suggestions!


  • Day One


    • Take your pick from a wide range of great places to eat, and enjoy lunch in the lovely seaside village of St Margaret’s. The village and surrounding countryside are spectacular, unspoilt and full of history. 

    Afternoon – Explore Sandwich 

    • One of most ancient and intact historic towns in the country, Sandwich’s street plan has changed little since the time of Domesday in 1086. 
    • Start your tour of Sandwich at the 16th century Guildhall, which retains original features such as the Court Room and Jury Box.
    • Head down to the historic quay and cruise along the River Stour. The Sandwich River Bus offers a range options and can incorporate seal spotting, pub lunches and trips to Richborough Roman Fort


    • Find out more about White Cliffs Country and book a Greeter (bookable 2 weeks in advance). A volunteer Greeter welcomes people from around the world and will match your interest and preferences - whether it's the best places for families to visit, places to eat, where to access services, how to use local transport, while others specialise in local heritage, architecture, history, art or music  - and the service is completely FREE! 


    • Follow your nose and discover one of the many excellent places to eat. From fresh fish and tapas through to quality pub food, there is something for everybody’s taste buds.
  • Day Two


    Morning – Discover Dover

    • History is big on the agenda in Dover. Discover the world’s oldest known seagoing boat at Dover Museum. The award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery at the district's largest museum has interactive exhibits and displays. A short walk will take you to The Roman Painted House, an exceptionally well-preserved Roman Official Hotel.
    • If you feel inclined, you can walk the Bluebird Heritage Trail which includes 31 of Dover's historic buildings, sites and monuments from 3500 years ago to recent times.

    Lunch – Fill the gap

    • From places to eat near the Marina to superb family owned Italian restaurants, you’ll find a great choice - most serving excellent quality, locally sourced ingredients. See our places to dine.

    Afternoon – Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels

    • This spectacular site, above the famous white cliffs is known as the ‘Key to England’ and boasts over 2000 years of history.
    • Visit the Secret Wartime Tunnels and experience life as it was lived by the 700 personnel based here in the worst days of World War ll, and relive the drama as a surgeon struggles to save the life of an injured pilot in the underground hospital.
    • At Dover Castle you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life. Become part of Henry ll's court as you tour the recreated 12th century rooms, and learn about the Great Tower through the voices of contemporary characters associated with the building.

    Evening – Take it easy

    • If you still have some energy, why not stretch your legs, breathe in the sea air and stroll along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Enjoy the spectacular views and watch cross-Channel ferries and cruise liners come into the port.

    Dine in Deal!

  • Day Three


    Morning – Maritime Deal

    • Deal is a gem of a seaside town with its own unique character that has inspired the many artists, writers and musicians who have made it their home. Once a major port and steeped in maritime history, the sea still plays an intrinsic part of the town’s life with bracing walks along the promenade and the award winning pier.
    • Wander through the high street towards the north end of the town. Browse in fantastic small, independent shops, and our French and Italian delicatessens which rival The Brighton Lanes!
    • Both Deal Museum and The Timeball Tower Museum will give the visitor a taster of Deal’s long and interesting history. Just off the seafront, you can see one of Henry Vlll’s finest artillery works in England. Deal Castle offers exciting battlements, dark passages and a huge basement to explore!

    Lunch – Al Fresco

    • Why not dine al fresco and pick up some deli to eat on the beach? Alternatively indulge in some freshly cooked fish and chips and watch the world go by.

    Find out more

    • White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre 01304 201066
    • Email vic@dover.gov.uk