Dover Castle

We're currently carrying out vital conservation work to the 1850s drawbridge at Palace Gate. Most of this is taking place while the castle is closed, but some essential structural repairs will mean that Palace Gate – the main entrance to the inner bailey and Great Tower cannot be accessed during the weekend of the 28th and 29th January 2017. On these days the only access to the Great Tower and inner bailey area will be via a wooden staircase at the North end of the site.

There is no alternative ramp so we are very sorry that for those with restricted mobility this may mean it isn’t possible to visit the Great Tower.  Small children normally in pushchairs/prams will need to be carried up the stairs. The rest of Dover Castle’s extensive grounds, Secret Wartime Tunnels and Fire Command Post will be open as usual.

If you require any further details please contact the site team on 01304 211067.

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 Dover Castle Timeline

800 BC - AD 43Iron Age Hillfort

Massive earth ramparts and ditches are constructed, which will provide the foundation for the medieval castle's curtain walls. Regular cross-Channel trading takes place.

115-40A Roman Lighthouse

The Romans build a lighthouse here to guide ships into the harbour, the base of the fleet patrolling the Channel.

The Roman pharos and church of St Mary in Castro (St Mary in the Castle)

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