Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Dover Castle

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51°07'39"01°19'24" show decimal

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Dover Castle
Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

Dover Castle is one of the most strategic castles in England, and is on a site that has existed for over a 1000 years, first with a Roman lighthouse, an Anglo-Saxon church, and a castle since the Norman invasion of 1066. It has undergone a number of expansions over the centuries to make it the formidable landmark it now is, and has been used as a military headquarters in a number of wars ranging from Napolean to World War II, not to mention a potential nuclear bunker! The castle is now managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.

Admission: 25 Sep 2009: Price at this time is 13.40

How to get here:

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Road: A2 - Follow the A2 to Dover; when you reach the roundabout with the A258, turn right and follow the road until it weaves down the hill past the castle. The main car entrance will be on the left. Parking: included in admission fee. +

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Road: M20/A20 - Follow the M20/A20 to Dover - as you enter the town you can see the castle on the hill! Continue through the town past the docks, crossing several roundabouts, until you reach the A258 on the left; the castle is well sign-posted. Follow the road up the hill and the entrance to the castle is on the right. Parking: included in admission fee. +

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Rail: Dover Priory - Exit the station and turn left along Folkestone Road. Cross over at the roundabout and continue on West Street/Pencester Road until you reach Maison Dieu Road. Turn right and head along the road until the junction with the A258 (signposted for the castle). Walk up the hill until you reach the castle. +

Areas within Dover Castle to visit:

Dover Castle (Constable's Gateway)

From the Admissions Centre, follow the path to the west around the church, passing through Colton's Gateway and toward the keep. Bear left around the keep, and Constable's Gateway is on the left, leading out of the castle.
Dover Castle (Stables)

From the Admissions Centre, follow the path to the west around the church, passing through Colton's Gateway and toward the keep. Bear left around the keep, and the stables are along the left-hand side past Constable's Gateway.
Dover Castle (King's Gateway)

From the Admissions Centre, follow the path to the west around the church, passing through Colton's Gateway and toward the keep. Follow the path up to the keep (Palace Gateway) and walk through the Keep Yard to the far side and through King's Gate.
Dover Castle (Keep Yard)

From the Admissions Centre, follow the path to the west around the church, passing through Colton's Gateway and toward the keep. Follow the path up to the keep (Palace Gateway) and walk through to the end of the Keep Yard. through King's Gate.
Dover Castle (Fitzwilliam Gateway)

From the Admissions Centre, follow the path to the right and follow the Eastern Battlements Walk. Before the keep, this then passes into the battlements and comes out on the path on the east of the keep. Fitzwilliam Gateway is on the right.

Other nearby locations:

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RAF Swingate (The Mind of Evil). Road: Exiting the castle grounds, turn right and head up along the A258. When you reach the roundabout with the A2, cross straight over and a gateway into RAF Swingate is immediately on the right. Parking: by the gate.

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Archer's Court Road (The Mind of Evil). No route recorded to this location.

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Pineham Road (The Mind of Evil). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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St. Martin's Plains Camp (The Claws of Axos): 9.46 miles.

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Sky Charter UK Limited (The Mind of Evil): 15.45 miles.

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Botany Bay (Fury from the Deep): 18.77 miles.

Further links about the location:

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English Heritage - Details on the Castle property.

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The Heritage Trail - History of Dover Castle.

Related Stories

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The Mind of Evil [26-28,31 Oct 1970]

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