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Recommended Port Adventures in Dover, England

Recommended Port Adventures in Dover, England


Disney does not currently list port adventures for Dover, though we expect that will change in time for the Magic's May 2017 visit on the Eastbound Transatlantic Repositioning. Meantime, here’s some info on possible destinations for your own explorations:

Dover Castle, dating back to the 1160s, has hosted Royal visits going back to King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. With walls up to 21 feet (6.5 meters) thick, the castle has survived everything thrown at it during war and battle over the past 1,000 years. It came back to the fore during the Second World War, playing a crucial role in helping to rescue thousands of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, and those Secret Wartime Tunnels are part of your admission. They provide a fascinating opportunity to step back in time, and are a stark reminder of the conditions people had to work under. There are also superb views from across Dover. With so much to see and explore, you can easily spend much of a day at the castle. Admission is £18.50/$25, and £11/$14.50 for ages 5-15.

Although the White Cliffs can be seen from the town, if you want to get closer to this famous sight, you can take a walk along the coastal path. The visitor center explains the history of the cliffs, and the café here offers hot meals, sandwiches, and cakes, all with a stunning view across the English Channel. Visitors can also go inside an underground shelter, built for troops stationed here in World War II. It’s two and a half miles from the town, or you can take a taxi.

Further afield is Canterbury Cathedral (16 miles north of Dover), which has attracted pilgrims since the Middle Ages. Its origins go back to 597 AD, when St. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, landed on the coast a few miles away. The current building dates back to 1070. Admission costs £12/$16, and £8.00/$11 for ages 0-18. Note unless you pay the admission, you won’t even be able to see the exterior of the cathedral.

Another major attraction is Leeds Castle (38 miles north west of Dover), billed as the loveliest castle in the world, and with good reason. King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon made it their home, and it was used as a Royal residence for more than 300 years. The grounds provide a stunning setting for the castle, and a lovely walk on fine days. Day tickets cost £24.50/$33, and £16.50/$22 for ages 4-15.

When the Royals leave London for the summer, Buckingham Palace will open for visitors. You may have the option to add a tour of the palace to your airport transfers.

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