Dover Castle

Dover Castle is open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, and some areas of the site remain closed to aid social distancing. Please ensure you have read the information on this page before booking your visit.

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Open Daily 10am - 5pm

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Address
Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

Please Note - The Secret Wartime Tunnels and Underground hospital remain closed as their historic interiors are not suitable for socially distanced visits. To reflect the changes we’ve made at Dover Castle to enable social-distancing, we are currently offering a special reduced price of entry during autumn 2020. For more detail please see our prices and opening times page.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?
    • Castle Tunnels –  The Secret Wartime Tunnels and Underground Hospital remain closed. The castle's medieval tunnels are open for you to explore.
    • The Bunker – the Bunker escape room remains closed.
    • St Mary in Castro - The Church remains closed.
    • Mobility Assistance Vehicle - Due to the need to maintain social distancing, we are not currently able to offer the mobility assistance vehicle on site.
  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    To maintain social distancing, we've introduced one way routes through the Great Tower and other indoor areas, and some interactive displays will be unavailable.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Spooky Dover Castle

Looking for a spooktacular day out with your little ones this October halfterm?

Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Dover Castle. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. Then steady your nerves and come face to face with some creepy creatures. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

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Guidebook: Dover Castle

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 Dover Castle Timeline

800 BC - AD 43Iron Age Hillfort

Massive earth ramparts and ditches are constructed, which will provide the foundation for the medieval castle's curtain walls. Regular cross-Channel trading takes place.

115-40A Roman Lighthouse

The Romans build a lighthouse here to guide ships into the harbour, the base of the fleet patrolling the Channel.

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