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Day trip to Dover Castle

  • Jul 5, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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Come along on Saturday 5th July for a day trip to the historic Dover Castle.

About Dover

Dover’s history, because of its proximity to France, has always been of great strategic importance to Britain.  Archaeological finds have shown that there were Stone Age people in the area; and that by the Bronze Age the maritime influence was already strong. Some Iron Age finds exist also, but the coming of the Romans made Dover part of their communications network, linking it by road to Canterbury and London.

Dover figured largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. It also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably during the Napoleonic Wars and during World War II.

About Dover Castle

Dover Castle was build in around 1160, its spectacular site atop the famous ‘White Cliffs’ was an Iron Age hill fort, and it still houses a Roman lighthouse, one of the best-preserved in Europe.

The Anglo-Saxon church beside it was once probably part of a Saxon fortified settlement: very soon after his victory at Hastings in 1066, this was converted by William the Conqueror into a Norman earthwork and timber-stockaded castle. From then on Dover Castle was garrisoned uninterruptedly until 1958, a continuous nine-century span equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Today, the castle is setup to present it as it might have appeared when newly completed, and ready to receive an important visitor in 12th century England.

The castle sits on a massive site and there is lots to see.  Also from the castle, on a clear day, you can see Calais in France which is 21 miles away.

Entry to the castle is £17.00 per person, unless you are a member of English Heritage where entry is free.

Aprox Itinerary
9:45am - meet at station and get 4 for 2 train tickets to Dover Priory
10:10am - get train
11:20am - arrive at Dover Priory
11:30am - walk up the hill to the castle (about 1 mile uphill)
12:00noon - guided tour of the haunted tunnels
1:00pm - stop for lunch (there is a café on site or alternatively bring a packed lunch)
1:30pm - continue self guiding tour around the castle
4:15pm - head back down the hill to the station to get the train back to London (trains coming back:  4:25, 4:45, 5:05, 5:25pm)

We will be getting the 10:10am train and we will be able to get half price train tickets, which work out at £19.35 each (we will be purchasing these on the day as people arrive in groups of four).

Look out for the group sign near the ticket office: 

If you can’t see us at the station, please call or text.


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  • Janina

    Dover is beautiful. Not only the castle site but the views on the sea - breathtaking. A little note on the ticket offer "third off": I was told the whole group who bought it should travel back together. I stayed a little bit longer and was travelling back on my own, the ticket officer admonished me that I should actually buy new ticket if I'm not with the group.

    July 7, 2014

    • Robert

      Should really travel back in groups, although it depends if a ticket inspector gets on the train and what mood he is in!

      July 7, 2014

  • Laura

    excellent apart from people turning up late so having to wait an hour at station!!!!

    July 6, 2014

    • Janina

      I don't think the delay was caused by people turning up late. I was at the ticket office on time and when I finally got my tickets I was advised to go straight to the platform as the train was about to leave. It was really long queue that day.

      July 7, 2014

    • Robert

      We missed the intended train due to the time it took to queue and get the train tickets.

      July 7, 2014

  • Robert

    Brilliant trip to the castle, been before, but the size of the castle is amazing!

    July 7, 2014

  • David C.

    Good trip (apart from trouble at St. Pancras), but unfortunately I didn't get anyone's names, so I can't click "good to see you" for anyone -- so, good to see you all!

    July 5, 2014

  • Carlos C.

    Looking forward to visit what seems to be an impressive castle

    June 29, 2014

    • Carlos C.

      Unfortunately won't be able to make this anymore. Have fun!

      July 4, 2014

  • mayte

    Unfortunately I will not be able to join you. I've just realized that I am working tomorrow. Have a lovely day!

    July 4, 2014

  • mythili

    Unfortunately I will not be able to join you all. I wish everyone a lovely outing and hope the rain won't spoil things for you.

    July 4, 2014

  • athena

    Looking forward to this adventure and also getting together with group as it has been a minute.

    July 3, 2014

  • Simonetta

    A special guest is coming for me on this weekend, so regrettably I can't join you anymore....sorry...keep me posted, cheers

    July 2, 2014

  • Mimi

    Would loved to have joined but have other commitments. Enjoy one and all.

    July 2, 2014

  • mythili

    Hi, coach takes a little longer but costs half the price of train (£5.00 each way). What do you say to take the coach to Dover Robert??

    June 29, 2014

  • carole b.

    Sorry to miss this but got to go to a family event

    June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I cannot make this as will still be out of action. Gutted as I love castles. Have a lovely day everyone.

    June 21, 2014

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