Things to see and do
Welcome to Dover Castle
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. To book your visit, click here.
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.
- Castle Grounds - The grounds and wide open spaces of Dover Castle will be fully open for you to enjoy.
- Great Tower -The inside of the Great Tower will be open to visitors with a one way system in place to guide you. The Keep Yard and the Arthur’s Hall exhibition space explaining the history of the Great Tower will also be open.
- Castle Tunnels – The Secret Wartime Tunnels and the medieval tunnels will remain closed. On weekends from 18 July we will bring the castle’s WWII stories to life with live interpretation in the open-air. Meet Admiral Ramsay as he prepares a daring plan to rescue soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, as well as other wartime characters with gripping stories to tell. Find out more below.
- WWI Fire Command Post – The ground floor of the WWI Fire Command Post is open but the upstairs Port War Signalling Station remains closed. The rooftop viewing platform with striking views across the channel is open.
- Cafe - A new alternative takeaway service offering a range of snacks, treats and hot drinks will be available at two locations.
- Shop - The Great Tower shop will be open,with a new one way system in place.
- Toilets - The castle's toilet facilities will be open. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.
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.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of this authentic underground hospital.
Follow the dramatic journey of a wounded WWII pilot, fighting for his life as he is rushed through to the operating theatre.
See the living conditions in the tunnels and hear about the difficulties of treating injuries in such close proximity to falling enemy bombs.
In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time took place, masterminded right here deep within Dover's secret wartime tunnels.
See, hear and feel the danger as the events and people from the Dunkirk evacuation are made real. Journey through the tunnels deep beneath the castle as special effects, projections and real film footage bring this dramatic rescue operation to life.
Arrive early to ensure you get a tour, and see for yourself how the tide turned in Dunkirk.
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, which performs regular firing demonstrations on weekends each summer.
Romans and Saxons
Discover the oldest surviving lighthouse in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, the Roman Pharos. 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.
The working church was partly rebuilt in the medieval era, and was restored by the Victorians after many years of neglect. Today why not take time to pause and reflect, in the light of the stained glass windows. Times of services can be found here.
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.
There's still more to see at Dover including the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Museum, and the battlements walk. A visit to Dover Castle can easily fill a whole day or more.
Plan your visit to Dover Castle today.
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?How to Book
Food and Drink
We have several eateries tucked within the castle walls offering a wide variety of refreshments to satisfy your appetite.
From snacks and sandwiches to hearty hot food, with an emphasis on home cooking and local ingredients.
Vegetarian, gluten and dairy free, as well as children's options are also available.
Dover Castle is home to the official museum of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment and The Queen's Regiment. Visit the museum to discover the history of the regiments and their forebears since 1572, and see fascinating items from their collection. Among the exhibits is a scarf once owned by Queen Victoria, as well as one of the famous footballs kicked 'over the top' during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
The Museum is located in the Keep Yard, adjacent to the Great Tower, and can be visited during the castle's opening hours.