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Our main restaurant, the NAAFI, is housed in the 1868 Regimental Institute, so was used as a restaurant by the soldiers once stationed here. Here we have a full range of hot foods, all freshly cooked on site using local ingredients wherever possible. We also have sandwiches, home-made soup, local scones, a great range of cakes, plus tubs of local ice-cream.
The Great Tower Cafe was built in 1901 and incorporates some of the inner bailey wall. Here we sell sandwiches and snacks, home-made soup, and a range of cakes and ice-cream.
Built into the original Napoleonic Tunnel complex of the Secret Wartime Tunnels, we have a small Tunnels Tea Room alongside the shop. Here we sell a range of sandwiches, cakes and ice cream. You can visit this part of the tunnels even if not doing one of the two guided tours.
On sunny days, event weekends and school holidays, we also open our Ice-Cream Parlour, housed in a converted 1895 Meat Store next door to the NAAFI restaurant. Here we sell a fabulous range of local ice-cream, made by Solley's, from just up the coast near Deal.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.
The Great Tower offers freeflow self-guided tours. Costumed live interpreters welcome you at the Great Tower on selected days and life-like hologram characters at all other times.
The Secret Wartime Tunnels ‘Operation Dynamo’ tours are part guided by site staff, and numbers per tour are limited to 30 people, setting off at approximately 15 to 20 minute intervals (tour lasts approximately 50 minutes). Due to the immersive nature of these visits, no independent guiding is allowed in these areas.
Access to the Underground Hospital (separate access from Operation Dynamo) is by guided tour only (limited to 30 people and lasting approximately 20 minutes), which is included in the admission price.
Please ask site staff upon arrival for the best time to visit the tunnels on that specific day. Groups of 11+ are asked to call the site in advance.
Available in Coffee shop, Secret Wartime Tunnel Café and NAAFI restaurant.
English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.
If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.
Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.