Fortress Dover

Visitors to Dover Castle can now discover what it might have been like to live and work in the Fire Command Post and Port War Signal Station, with a new attraction that tells the story of the castle during the First World War.
English Heritage volunteers firing the anti-aircraft gun

Visit the Fire Command Post

During the First World War, the Dover area was officially designated as a fortress with a garrison of over 10,000 men. The castle acted as the military headquarters and played a crucial role in protecting the harbour and Straits of Dover.

A new attraction reveals the story of this important period in the castle's history.

There is so much to do during your visit: you can enjoy the panoramic view across the Straits of Dover, try communicating in Morse code, and learn how to spot enemy or friendly ships. Central to the experience is an authentic anti-aircraft gun - the only working example left in the world. Volunteer explainers can tell you all about the role the castle played in the war effort 100 years ago.

During our summer season, there are regular opportunities to see a re-enacted Gun Drill, carried out entirely by volunteers.

Three visitors exploring the Fire Command Post

Community Events

Coming up at Dover Castle.

Fortress Dover Kids Performance

Sat 4 Aug

Fire Command Post at Dover Castle

What happens when the creative minds of local children combine with the exuberant talents of Troubadour Tales to put on a unique performance about the First World War?

Join us to experience the climax of a free, week long, performance summer school, part of the Heritage Lottery funded Fortress Dover project, and watch as local children step one hundred years back into the town's history to bring Dover's First World War stories to life.

With Dover Castle's impressive First World War Anti-Aircraft gun, Fire Command Post and Port War Signal Station as their backdrop, looking our across the English Channel towards Europe, you will be transported back in time by this truly unique performance.

Practicing semaphore at Dover Castle
Fortress Dover volunteers performing a re-enactment of the anti-aircraft gun drill
The logo of Heritage Lottery Fund an Friends of Dover Castle.
English Heritage would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Dover Castle for their support.
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