Dover Castle

Dover Castle is now 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 will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

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 Secret Wartime Tunnels and the medieval tunnels will remain closed. On weekends from 18 July we will bring the castle’s WWII stories to life with live interpretation in the open-air. Meet Admiral Ramsay as he prepares a daring plan to rescue soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, as well as other wartime characters with gripping stories to tell. Find out more below.
  • WWI Fire Command Post – The ground floor of the WWI Fire Command Post is open but the upstairs Port War Signalling Station remains closed. The rooftop viewing platform with striking views across the channel is open.
  • 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.
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Summer Weekends at Dover Castle

On weekends from 18 July we will bring the castle’s WWII stories to life with live interpretation in the open air. Step back in time to 1940 when Dover was on the front line of the war.

The Allied army is retreating back to the coast of Dunkirk and in danger of annihilation. But in the tunnels at Dover Castle, Vice Admiral Ramsay is leading a top secret mission to rescue as many troops as possible. Meet Ramsay as he heads above ground and into the open air and question him about his plans for the Evacuation of Dunkirk. Then encounter other men and women experiencing these dangerous times – each of whom has a gripping story to tell.

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Guidebook: Dover Castle

Price: £5.50

 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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