Plan Your Visit

Plan your Visit

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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    Booking FAQs

  • 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.

Please note, we are presently unable to take bookings for mobility scooters by telephone. If you wish to book one of the several mobility scooters we have available on site, please contact us by email using Dover.Castle@English-Heritage.org.uk

Facilities

Find out what Facilities are available for your day out.

Find out everything you need to know about parking, food and drinks facilities and shopping at Dover Castle, as well as details of picnic areas, children's playgrounds and current exhibitions.

Access

Look up Access information for your visit. We have detailed information about what to expect if you have particular needs regarding:

  • Mobility/Older Visitors
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Culinary/Dietary
  • Health and Safety
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Food and Drink

Find out what food and drink we offer at Dover Castle.

We have several eateries tucked within the castle walls offering a wide variety of refreshments to satisfy your appetite.

From snacks and sandwiches to hearty hot food, with an emphasis on home cooking and local ingredients.

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