Discovery Visits at Dover Castle

Bring Dover Castle to life and let our experts lead your pupils on a hands-on Discovery Visit. Choose from two sessions that have been developed especially to provide fun and inspiring education activities. 

Secret Codes and Ciphers

History, Maths
KS2, KS3

The castle played an important role in WWII, in the planning of ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and also became a top secret HQ. Find out more about the work carried out inside the Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle by breaking codes and helping to complete a secret mission.

  • Availability: March to November: Thursdays during term time
  • Session lasts 1 hour
  • £100 per session
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Expert-Led Visits

Knights, Feasts & Garderobes

Drama, History, Literacy, Story telling
KS1, KS2, KS3

What was life like for the lords and ladies who lived at the Castle and for those who served them? Find out on an interactive tour of the Great Tower at Dover Castle including lessons on courtly language and behaviour, role play and object handling. For younger students, the session can be shortened and incorporate storytelling instead of the tour.

  • Availability: November and March: Thursday, April to October: Tuesdays during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 hour
  • £100 per sesson
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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Free parking for cars and minibuses under 3m in height.  Coach parking if available off site at the council-run Pay and Display car park on Castle Hill.
    • TOILETS:  Toilets, including accessible toilets, located at all main areas of the property.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds, and two picnic rooms are available on site, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also two cafés, available for use by all visitors. 
    • SHOP:  There are two well-stocked shops on site which both sell a range of books and gifts. We recommend bringing your students in small groups at a time.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is available to pre-book, located in the Great Tower yard. Try on costumes, read about knights and princesses in our Story-Telling Room and get hands-on with our handling collection. 
    • ACCESSIBILITY:  Extensive grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths, but some steep slopes. Wheelchair accessible route available on request. Land train stops at various parts of the site and can be used by students with limited mobility.  Mobility scooters also available (to visitors over 18) if requested in advance. Unfortunately the Underground Hospital is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

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