Things to see and do

Things to see and do

Find out what you can see and do on a day out at England's Greatest Fortress. 

Climb the medieval Great Tower or gaze across the English channel from the  WWI Fire Command Post and Port War signal station. Explore the extensive grounds and defences, experience the battlements walk and the keep yard and make the most of special reduced admission prices until 13 August.

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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?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

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  • Are parts of the site closed?

    The Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle are currently partially closed. We are running a limited number of tours at a significantly reduced visitor capacity due to the unique confined nature of the tunnels. Our underground hospital on Annexe level will remain closed. A limited number of tour tickets are available to buy each day at site. Admission prices to the castle have been reduced to reflect this change.

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

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Discover the medieval court of Henry II

Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in a medieval palace like no other.

Be transported to a world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition, as you experience the vibrant colour and rich furnishings of one of medieval England's most important castles.

WW1 Fire Command Post

During the First World War, the Dover area was officially designated as a fortress with Dover Castle acting as military headquarters. Our recreated fire command post reveals the story of this important period in the castle's history, and is also home to the only working British 3 Inch Gun in the world.

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This restoration of the fire command post was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Friends of Dover Castle.

Meet characters from history

Every day in August, and on weekends until 25 September, meet members of Henry II’s court with live historical interpretation. Enter the recreated historic interior of the medieval Great Tower and discover a world of courtly intrigue as our interpreters bring the castle's medieval stories to life.

Please note that live interpretation is replaced by other exciting activities on event weekends.

See Conservation in Action

Important conservation work is underway at Dover Castle. Explore the grounds and discover what we've been doing to preserve the castle's defences for future generations to enjoy. 

Take a closer look at the northern battlements and watch skilled craftspeople hard at work. Find out what's happening by reading our new conservation panels, get hands on by joining our special tile making workshops and discover how we are maintaining this important part of the castle by taking a conservation in action tour.

Conservation in Action at Dover Castle is supported by Keymer.

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The Secret Wartime Tunnels

Walk through the tunnels deep beneath the castle as state-of-the-art special effects, dramatic projections and real film footage bring to life the dramatic rescue of the British Army from the beaches of Dunkirk. Afterwards, travel through the atmospheric Underground Hospital and experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the castle's Second World War dressing station with its operating theatre, wards and corridors.

The Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle are currently partially closed. We are running a limited number of Dynamo tours at a significantly reduced visitor capacity due to the unique confined nature of the tunnels (excluding Sat 31 July and Sun 1 Aug). Our underground hospital on Annexe level will remain closed. A limited number of Dynamo Tour tickets are available to buy each day at site. Admission prices to the castle have been reduced to reflect this change.

Uncover Dover's Roman and Saxon Stories

Discover the oldest surviving lighthouse in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, the Roman Pharos. This remarkable survivor was once used to aid navigation by Romans across the English Channel from France.

Next door to the lighthouse is the Anglo-Saxon church of St Mary in Castro, a working church still in use today. 

The Bunker Escape Room

Challenge your friends and family to solve puzzles and crack codes in a race against the clock, at our brand new Escape Room.

Inspired by the castle's real life Cold War history, our scenario pitches visitors into a Cold War turned hot. With the missiles on their way, can you reach the safety of the bunker in time?

To comply with the latest Government guidelines, the Bunker remains closed. 

A bite to eat

We have several eateries tucked within the castle walls offering a wide variety of refreshments to satisfy your appetite. A takeaway service is available, with outdoor seating available at the Naafi restaurant.

Medieval Tunnels

Descend at your own pace into the eerie, winding medieval tunnels, burrowed beneath the castle during and after the Siege of 1216. These covert defences protect the most vulnerable side of the castle from attack.

Due to ongoing conservation work, the medieval tunnels are currently closed.

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