Dover Castle

Dover Castle - Family Property Guide

Bring the whole family for a day full of adventure, excitement and discovery across the centuries at Dover Castle.

Step inside the Great Tower, where the kids can sit on the royal throne and learn about life in a medieval castle through interactive exhibits and games. Explore the secret wartime tunnels of the Second World War, deep underground in Dover's white cliffs. There's plenty to do for all ages, and lots to keep everybody entertained.

Signposts at Dover Castle

Family Essentials

  • Food and drink: The NAAFI restaurant  offers a range of hot food cooked using local ingredients where possible, as well as sandwiches, homemade soup, local scones, cakes and local ice-cream. In addition, there is also the Great Tower Cafe, and the small Tunnels Tea Room. The Ice-Cream Parlour is also open in sunny weather during school holidays.
  • Toilets: Male, female and disabled toilets are available in five different locations across the site.
  • Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome in the castle grounds. Assistance dogs welcome throughout the site.
  • Parking: Free parking within the grounds for up to 200 cars, plus off-site parking at peak times with a free minibus connection.

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Will, Sheryl, Morgan and Raya at Dover Castle

Fun for all ages

There's something for the whole family on a day out at Dover Castle. From the furnished royal rooms of the Great Tower to the secret medieval and wartime tunnels, kids will love exploring and discovering. There are plenty of interactive exhibits and games, plus - on selected days - costumed characters bring the medieval court to life.

Dover Castle is a young adventurer's dream, with more than 80 acres of open courtyards, hills and mounds to explore and conquer. But if little legs get tired, it's all aboard the land train for a ride.

Features to look out for from the Great Tower rooftop

Great Tower Lookout

When visiting the Great Tower, be sure to make your way up to the rooftop which offers spectacular 360-degree panoramas across the English Channel, as well as a higher view of the castle grounds. Is your family eagle-eyed enough to spot these features from the roof?

  • The Roman Lighthouse: Situated next to the Anglo-Saxon church, the Roman Pharos (lighthouse) is one of the oldest buildings in the castle grounds, dating from around 50 AD.
  • Peverell's Tower: This tower built high within the castle walls was named after William de Peverell, a Norman knight granted lands following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The tower is now one of Dover Castle's two holiday cottages.
  • Cannons: See how many you can count from the roof of the Great Tower. There are cannons from all eras in place around the castle's walls and defences.

girl on throne at Dover Castle

Things to do

  • Climb the Great Tower: The Great Tower is the centre of the castle, with six main rooms to explore including Henry II's own private chamber. Up the spiral staircases, the whole family is rewarded with views from the rooftop.
  • Explore the Wartime Tunnels: The Operation Dynamo exhition in the Secret Wartime Tunnels brings the sights and sounds of World War II to life. Delve deep into Dover's white cliffs and enjoy special effects, projections and dramatic film.
  • Be a King or Queen: Step inside the magnificent King's Hall for a taste of medieval regal life, as the kids atop the royal thrones and imagine life as King or Queen of the castle.

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