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

Fortress Dover Community Remembrance Concert
25th November 2017
St Mary’s in Castro, Dover Castle

Fortress Dover and Maddie4Music present a free community concert for remembrance featuring the community choir.
Members of the local community have come together over summer under the expert direction of Maddie4Music to rehearse songs for an event aimed at commemorating the First World War.
Maddie and her team have also put together a wonderful programme of authentic additional acts to support the choir in what promises to be a moving concert.

Tickets are free and to ensure we have enough seats available we ask that you email your intention to attend, with the number of tickets you require, to the Community Events Coordinator on

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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