The foundations of this small medieval chapel stand on the Western Heights above the town of Dover. It has been linked to the Knights Templar – a military and religious order founded in the 12th century to protect pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land. The chapel had a circular nave, which mirrors other churches built by the Templars. Alternatively it may have been a wayside shrine on the road between Dover and Folkestone.
Read more about the history of Knights Templar Church.
Before You Go
Access: Parts of the ground are uneven. The site is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome in restricted areas only.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not make a day out with a coastal castles tour?
From a Roman lighthouse and 12th century royal palace, to the tunnels where the 1940 'Miracle of Dunkirk' was planned, Dover Castle, England's biggest and strongest medieval fortress, has something for everyone.
Or why not try, Walmer Castle and Gardens. Following a major restoration and re-presentation in honour of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, there's plenty to see and do for everyone. Enjoy homemade refreshments in the Lord Warden's Tearoom or browse the plants for sale.
You could also explore Deal Castle, one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. Built by Henry VIII, who feared invasion by European Catholic powers, Deal is one of the most elaborate in a chain of coastal forts. Its squat, rounded bastions were designed to deflect cannon balls. Discover the castle's history through the interactive exhibition and explore its dark passages.
There is also a cycle path which links Deal and Walmer castles, perfectly located along the beachfront.
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