History and Heritage

© English Heritage

History and Heritage

© The History Project

History and Heritage

In White Cliffs Country you'll discover incredible history, fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes about this unique destination in Kent, with heritage sites and hidden gems to uncover at every turn. 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!

Did you know, it was at the historic site of Richborough Roman Fort from where the Roman Invasion of Britain was launched? That Western Heights is one of the strongest Napoleonic fortresses in the country and that South Foreland Lighthouse was the world's first to display an electrically powered signal?

Discover historic sites, museums, historical attractions and perfectly preserved historical features and ancient architecture as you explore the character towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich in White Cliffs Country. There's plenty of fascinating history to uncover in our historic villages, too!

Leave enough time to explore the past here and, when the time is right, extend your stay in quality accommodation. Why not continue your history tour overnight? You can choose from a selection of fabulous historic buildings to stay in - including Peverell's Tower at Dover Castle and even Goodnestone Park near Sandwich, to where Jane Austen was a frequent visitor.

Make your stay here a voyage of discovery as you step back in time and uncover the incredible history of White Cliffs Country - where coast meets countryside, ancient meets modern, relaxation meets adventure and England meets Europe.


Dover Marina

Channel Gliding Club

Dover Sea Safari

East Kent Railway


River Runner

Owl House Riding Centre

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Sandwich Market

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Dover District Leisure Centre

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Deal to Sandwich

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Miner's Way Trail

The North Downs Way

Boonies Outdoor Adventure Centre

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

The Lane – Cocktail Making

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Stour Valley Way

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Sea Swimming

Samphire Hoe

Shopping in Dover

Shopping in Deal

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

Cottington Lakes

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Dover to Deal

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Western Heights walks

Tides Leisure Centre

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Frontline Britain Trail

Coker Fishing Trips

Farmers Markets

Royal St George’s Golf Club

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Chalk and Channel Way

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Deal Saturday Market

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

South Foreland Walk

National Cycle Network Route 1

Wetwheels Southeast

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Cross channel swimming

England Coast Path Walking Route

Cornilo Riding

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Shopping in Villages

Via Francigena

Gamebase & Playbase

England Plus Tours

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Sandwich Town Tours

Chequers Kitchen

Deal Pier

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Deal Wednesday Market

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Shopping in Sandwich

Cycle Friendly Deal

Saxon Shore Way

The Wild Kitchen

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Mike's Bikes Deal

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Dover's Bluebird Market

Western Heights Nature Reserve