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.

Welcome to Dover Castle

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. To book your visit, click here.

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Castle Grounds - The grounds and wide open spaces of Dover Castle will be fully open for you to enjoy.
  • Great Tower -The inside of the Great Tower will be open to visitors with a one way system in place to guide you. The Keep Yard and the Arthur’s Hall exhibition space explaining the history of the Great Tower will also be open.
  • Castle Tunnels –  The medieval tunnels are open but the Secret Wartime Tunnels and Underground Hospital remain closed.
  • WWI Fire Command Post – The ground floor of the WWI Fire Command Post, the upstairs Port War Signalling Station and the rooftop viewing platform with striking views across the channel are open.
  • The Bunker – the Bunker escape room remains closed
  • Cafe - A new alternative takeaway service offering a range of snacks, treats and hot drinks will be available at two locations.
  • Shop - The Great Tower shop will be open,with a new one way system in place.
  • Toilets - The castle's toilet facilities will be open. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.
  • Face masks - Face coverings must be worn in Dover Castle's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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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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