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.
The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation of 10%. Provided you have paid enough UK Income or Capital Gains Tax * (to cover all of your Gift Aid donations in this tax year), English Heritage is able to reclaim tax on the whole amount you have paid - that's 25p on every £1. This extra money enables us to undertake vital conservation and education projects and ensure that many of England's most important historic sites can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
* Other taxes such as Council Tax and VAT do not apply.