Dover Castle

The grounds of Dover Castle are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shops are open, but all indoor areas remain closed. Safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

To comply with the latest government guidelines, all indoor areas of Dover Castle including the Great Tower and Secret Wartime Tunnels are currently closed. Visitors can explore the extensive grounds and defences, experience the Battlements Walk and The Keep Yard with special grounds only admission prices.

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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?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Dover Castle are currently closed. This includes:

    • The Great Tower
    • The Secret Wartime Tunnels
    • The Medieval Tunnels
    • The Port War Signalling Station

    The Keep Yard, Battlements Walk, extensive grounds and viewing platform at Admiralty Lookout are open to visitors. The café will be open for takeaway service.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Weekends at Dover Castle

On weekends between 12 April and 25 September, we’ll bring the castle’s stories to life with live interpretation in the open air.

During May and June, step back in time to 1941, when Dover Castle found itself at the centre of ‘Hellfire Corner’. The town is under fire from Hitler’s big guns across the channel, and the men and women of Dover Castle have become a shining symbol of British resistance. Meet them, discover their gripping stories and take part in the secret mission they’ve prepared for you.

From July onwards, travel back to the medieval world of courtly intrigue and meet members of Henry II’s court.

Please note that live interpretation is replaced by other exciting activities on event weekends.

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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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