Providing privacy from prying eyes and protection from enemy fire, the tunnels under Dover Castle have served a strategic military role from Napoleonic times. Using artefacts, interactives, real life stories, striking images and original wartime film footage this new exhibition traces the history of the tunnels across the centuries.
From a diary entry describing the dangers of tunnel life during the Napoleonic Wars, to the uniform of a private soldier in First World War, objects on display also provide a personal snapshot of life underground. Poignantly, they include a box of fragments from Nagaskai and Hiroshima, which represent the era when the tunnels were a Regional Seat of Government in the event of nuclear war.
Explore the whole tunnel complex with our virtual tour – including rooms that aren’t open to the public.
Discover the story behind the Dunkirk evacuation of May 1940, partly through the voices of those who lived through it. See historical footage of action in Dover Harbour and Straits shot from the White Cliffs, and then look out from the tunnels to see a near-identical view today.