Travelling to and around White Cliffs Country

Dover, Deal and Sandwich and the surrounding area on the south east coast of England are easy to get to via road, rail and ferry and are less than two hours' drive from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.

White Cliffs Country (the Dover district) is within quick and easy reach of both the M2 and M20, the motorway links to/from London and beyond. The M25 is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes from Dover via the M20/A20 or M2/A2. Once you're in the district, A-roads connect the three towns and some of the villages with smaller country roads to other areas. It is easy to get around the area by road or rail with several mainline train stations connecting the district to London. The highspeed train from London St Pancras takes just over an hour to reach Dover. 

Coach and minibus parking

Dover District Council car parks have a length restriction of 5.55m (including towbars), a height restriction of 2.5m (including any roof rack or luggage box) and a width limit of 2.1m (including wing mirrors). If your vehicle exceeds these measurements, please use the coach parking areas below. Coach parking is available at the following sites:

  • Maison Dieu Car Park, Dover
  • Castle Hill Car Park, Dover
  • Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal
  • Deal Beach Street, Deal
  • The Strand, Walmer
  • Ash Road, Sandwich
  • The Quay, Sandwich

Please note that some of these bays are designated for sole coach use in the summer only (see signs for clarification).

Further parking information can be found on the Dover District Council website.

Operation Brock

Kent and White Cliffs Country in particular are often discounted as visitor destinations in the UK because of perceived traffic problems caused by border issues. While severe congestion does occasionally happen (and makes national news headlines) the majority of the time the traffic flows freely and it is easy to get around. The Port of Dover and Le Shuttle work hard to mitigate the effects at busy holiday periods and the Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership of organisations and agencies who work together to improve the resilience of Kent and Medway), ensure a coordinated response to emergencies.

The Operation Brock contraflow system on the M20 is designed to keep traffic on the motorway and other roads in Kent moving when there is disruption to travel across the English Channel. You can check the status on the National Highways website.

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    A row of white and pastel coloured buildings with a shingle beach and sea in the foreground.