Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. Its strategic position has always been evident throughout the history, archaelogical finds have revealed that the area has always been a focus for peoples entering and leaving Britain.
Dover figuered largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. it also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the french during the Napoleonice Wars; and against Germany during World War 2.
Commaninding the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent, Dover Castle Boasts a long and immensely eventful history. Its spectacular site above the famous white cliffs was originally an Iron Age fort, and still houses a Roman light-house, one of the best preserved in Europe. The Anglo-Saxon church beside it was once part of a Saxon fortified settlement.
Today you was tour the secret Wartime Tunnels and experience life as it was lived by the 700 personnel based here in the worst days of WW2. You can see the Command Centre where Sir Winston Churchill viewed the Battle of Britain, and relive the drama as a surgeon struggles to save the life of an injured pilot in the under-ground hospital.
The White Cliffs
Known throughout the world, the ionic White Cliffs are internationally recognised, so much so they were voted Britains most popular stretch of coastline. They have witnessed much action and invaions throughout the centuries- the historic Dunkirk evacuation was even planned from within them. Today they provide a welcome sight to the millions of visitors who visit White Cliffs Country.
They White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britains most instantly recognised natural land marks. Rising out of the English channel to over 300ft high in places, they are a dramatic and inspiring sight from the sea and provide superb views out across the Channel towards France. The cliffs stretch for 10 mils between Folkestone to West and Walmer to the East. David Ballamy describes chalk grasslands near the cliffs as ‘Britain’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest’, such is the diversity of the plants and animals.