Things to see and do

Fortress Dover

Visitors to Dover Castle can now discover what it might have been like to live and work in the Fire Command Post and Port War Signal Station, with an attraction that tells the story of the castle during the First World War.

Visit the fire command post

During the First World War, the Dover area was officially designated as a fortress with a garrison of over 10,000 men. The castle acted as the military headquarters and played a crucial role in protecting the harbour and Straits of Dover.

A new attraction reveals the story of this important period in the castle's history.

There is so much to do during your visit: you can enjoy the panoramic view across the Straits of Dover, try communicating in Morse code, and learn how to spot enemy or friendly ships. Central to the experience is an authentic anti-aircraft gun - the only working example left in the world. Volunteer explainers can tell you all about the role the castle played in the war effort 100 years ago.

During our summer season, there are regular opportunities to see a re-enacted Gun Drill, carried out entirely by volunteers.

Community Events

Check back for upcoming Fortress Dover community events.

Armistice Day 2018

Marking the centenary of the end of the Great War, at 6am on 11th November 2018, a lone piper will be heard from the battlements of Dover Castle, joining over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas. 

At 11am, Fortress Dover’s volunteer Gun Crew will fire the First World War anti-aircraft gun, marking the start of the national, two-minute silence. Local school children will then lay handmade poppies to remember the men and women of Fortress Dover and all those affected by war, in the past and today.

At 6.55pm, along with over 1000 other locations across the world, a bugler will sound the Last Post and, at 7pm, our WW1 Beacon of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.



English Heritage would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Dover Castle for their support.

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