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.


CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Tides Leisure Centre

Saxon Shore Way

Wetwheels Southeast

Mike's Bikes Deal

Sandwich Market

Cornilo Riding

Farmers Markets

Shopping in Villages

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Sandwich Town Tours

Deal Wednesday Market

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Via Francigena

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Cottington Lakes

Shopping in Deal

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

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


Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Chalk and Channel Way

Deal Pier

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

River Runner

Deal Saturday Market

Frontline Britain Trail

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

The North Downs Way

England Plus Tours

Boonies Outdoor Adventure Centre

The Wild Kitchen

Sea Swimming

Stour Valley Way

Dover District Leisure Centre

England Coast Path Walking Route

Cycle Friendly Deal

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Coker Fishing Trips

Western Heights walks

Shopping in Sandwich

The Lane – Cocktail Making

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Dover Sea Safari

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Shopping in Dover

National Cycle Network Route 1

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Chequers Kitchen

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Dover's Bluebird Market

Miners' Way Trail

East Kent Railway

Dover Marina

Royal St George’s Golf Club

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

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

Gamebase & Playbase

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Samphire Hoe

Cross channel swimming

Owl House Riding Centre

Channel Gliding Club

South Foreland Walk

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School