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. 

To comply with the latest government guidelines, indoor areas of Dover Castle are currently closed. Visitors can explore the extensive grounds and defences, experience the battlements walk and the keep yard with special grounds only admission prices.

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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?

    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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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Dover Castle are currently closed. This includes:

    • The Great Tower
    • The Secret Wartime Tunnels
    • The Medieval Tunnels
    • The Port War Signalling Station

    The Keep Yard, Battlements Walk, extensive grounds and viewing platform at Admiralty Lookout are open to visitors. The café will be open for takeaway service.

  • 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.

Roam acres of castle grounds

Explore and play in vast acres of castle grounds. Walk the extensive battlements and marvel at the scale of the castle’s walls and defences. Climb the castle’s curtain wall and find hidden galleries and passageways to explore. Then run and play along the steep defensive ditches and gaze up at the imposing fortress from this unique view point.

As you explore, spot the castle’s impressive defensive weaponry, from a medieval trebuchet to Napoleonic cannon and Second World War guns.

Admire breathtaking coastal views

High atop the famous White Cliffs, there’s nowhere better to admire the breathtaking views across the channel. On a clear day, you can spot the French coast, shimmering in the distance. Gaze out at the Port of Dover and imagine how it changed throughout the ages and reflect on the significance of the role it and the castle played in times of war.

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. 

Meet characters from history

On weekends between 12 April and 25 September, we’ll bring the castle’s stories to life with live interpretation in the open air.

During May and June, step back to 1941 when Dover found itself on Britain's front line. Meet the men and women working at the castle at this crucial time and join them for a top secret operation. From July onwards, travel back to the medieval world and meet members of Henry II’s court.

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

Learn to shoot a bow

Unleash your inner sharpshooter with have a go archery at Dover Castle.

On weekends from Sat 17 April to Sun 23 May, our costumed characters will show you how to draw, aim and shoot a bow. After learning the basics, take aim at the targets and see if you can score a bullseye.

Safety measures will be in place for this activity, and face coverings must be worn whilst participating. This activity is suitable for children aged 8 years and above. A small additional charge applies for both members and non members.

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.

To comply with the latest Government guidelines, the Secret Wartime Tunnels and underground hospital remain closed. We hope to be able to reopen these soon. 

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.

To comply with the latest Government guidelines, the Great Tower remains closed. We hope to be able to reopen this area soon. 

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.

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.

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