Facilities at Dover Castle

  • Parking


    Free parking for up to 200 cars, plus peak time and events off-site parking with a free mini-bus connection to site. Please note, our car park is located on-site, and so opens at the same time as the castle.

  • Food And Drink


    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.

    See our Food and Drink page for more details

  • Picnic Area

    You are very welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds with their spectacular views from the top of the 'White Cliffs' over the English Channel.
  • Shop


    There are two shops: the Great Tower shop sells military souvenirs and the Secret Wartime Tunnel shop has a WWII theme. Both shops also offer a wide range of other heritage inspired gifts.

  • Toilets


    Male, female and disabled facilities are available in five locations. The Changing Places accessible toilet in the Naafi Restaurant includes a height adjustable changing bench, a hoist system, and space for one person with a disability and up to two personal assistants.

  • Dogs


    Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.

  • Museum

    Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Museum: collection traces the history of the regiment, direct successor of 12 forbear regiments from 1572 through four and a quarter centuries of service to the Crown. The Stone Hut, built in 1912 for the Royal Garrison Artillery, is now used as an archaeological store. On the first Friday of every month (or by pre-arranged booking), visitors can view changing exhibitions of treasures including artefacts from both World War II and the Cold War.
  • Exhibition


    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.

  • Gardens

    Over 80 acres of grounds featuring battlements; curtain walls and other military items. There is plenty of room to run and play in our large open areas. Kites are welcome.
  • Family Friendly


    Baby Changing Facilities

    Male, female and disabled facilities are available in five locations.

    Bottle / Food Warming

    Please ask staff for hot water.

    Child Sized Portions

    Kids lunchboxes available.

    High Chairs

    Available in Coffee shop, Secret Wartime Tunnel Café and NAAFI restaurant.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    There is plenty of space for children to run around and explore. Kites are welcome.

    Push Chairs Allowed

  • Holiday Cottages


    Peverell's Tower (sleeps two) and The Sergant Major's House (sleeps six).

  • Commercial Photograph And Filming


    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.

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