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Dover is among the most popular passenger ports in the whole world, and you will find distinct explanations for this. The Strait of Dover is ideally situated around the southern tip of England, which makes it the nearest land point hooking up the United Kingdom to other parts of Europe. For hundreds of years, the main harbor at Dover continues to be the gateway from Britain to France, Belgium, and also the other parts of the European region. Dover is a beautiful, architecturally magnificent, historical and charmingly small and cozy seaside town, which impresses tourists with its unaffected demeanor and slow charm.
Throughout The Second World War, Dover suffered callous attacks by enemy bombings, and also the city experienced greatly. World WarII left the town in a condition of disarray, and also the city center reeled in the postwar effects for many years, however it has came back to the prewar glory. The scenery remains breathtaking, and also the haunting war atmosphere that also remains to some degree adds a particular excitement towards the city, which makes it even more mysterious and fascinating.
The Strait of Dover is wonderfully beautiful, out of the box the town itself. Obviously we are all aware tunes and tales from the Whitened Coves of Dover, but to actually appreciate what that really means, you have to visit Dover and find out it using their own eyes. The wonderful Dover Castle are available here a lot of France's occupants result in the trip over the British Funnel yearly to determine the wonderful medieval architecture.
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The second busiest cruise port in the UK, miles of beautiful, unspoilt coastline and our internationally famous White Cliffs are known throughout the world.Cruise ships pier in the Harbor House Cruise Terminal situated within the town of Dover. After that, it is simple to explore this small, historic seaside town by walking, or request ground and rail transportation to consider you to definitely locations working in London along with other surrounding areas.
From the cruise terminal, there may be a private shuttle service provided to the town center (King St) and to Dover Castle. Fares are £5 to the town centre and £6 to Dover castle round trip If you want to go to a bigger city close by, Canterbury is a good option. Trains from Dover Priory to Canterbury East Station run twice hourly (hourly on Sundays). The trip takes 30 minutes and the fare is £7.70 return (Dec 2011). http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk  To take the bus to Canterbury, take bus 15 or 15A from Pencester Rd. Buses run every 30 minutes and journey takes 40 minutes. Fare is £4.20 one way or £5.70 return. http://www.stagecoachbus.com
Things to See & Do
The Dover Castle used to be the mightiest castle in most of The European Union. It sits among the regal Whitened Coves of Dover. The castle is definitely an architectural marvel an edifice of historic and monumental proportion. A lot of the castle goes back to Norman occasions, when Henry II started construction in 1181. However, additions happen to be made every century since, so it's a classic historic masterpiece that spans many decades. The Key War time Tunnels are wonderful fun to understand more about. These tunnels were utilized throughout medieval war periods as escape routes, and were chosen for occasions of upheaval for hundreds of years after. The Dover Castle is situated on Castle Rd.
Perched high above the English Channel, Dover Castle was started in 1168 by Henry II on the site of ramparts that were already some 1,000 years old - it's therefore safe to say the castle has been safeguarding England for close to 2,000 years. The central Norman keep, built in 1180, houses most of the castle's exhibits, including the Great Tower with its richly furnished chambers. Costumed guides and medieval feasts in the banqueting hall are all part of the fun available to visitors.
Other on-site attractions include the superb Wartime Tunnels Uncovered. Built during Napoleonic times to provide protection from enemy fire, the tunnels under Dover Castle are open to the public and contain exhibits tracing their history. More recently, in WWII, they served as HQ for the evacuation of British and French forces from Dunkirk. Another tunnel area to explore is the Underground Hospital, a reconstruction of the wartime surgery that served the many troops stationed in the area. Afterwards, pop over to the ruins of the Roman lighthouse and the church of St Mary next to Calton's Gate, built from Roman bricks by the Saxons in the year 1000 and incorporated into the castle complex. Location: Castle Hill, EnglandOfficial site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle
Dover's town hall, featuring Maison Dieu, was built in 1203 to function as a temporary residence for pilgrims enroute to Canterbury. Within the hall you can observe a wonderful assortment of flags and armor, and discover the whole good reputation for Dover with the tales told around the stained glass home windows. Admission free.
White Cliffs of Dover
The steep chalk cliffs of Dover, for centuries a proud symbol of the "splendid isolation" of England and also the first sign of home visible from afar for returning sailors, are crowned to the east by the mighty castle. The western cliffs bear Shakespeare's name as King Lear ended here, and the much-used quotation invoked by sight of the cliffs - "This precious stone set in the silver sea" - comes from Richard II.
The National Trust's Gateway to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre is the best place to begin sightseeing in the area, and includes displays, interpretive signs about the area, as well as programs about its flora and fauna. It also offers superb views of five beautiful miles of coast and countryside, as well as of the maritime traffic on the world's busiest shipping lane. A worthwhile side trip is to the nearby Grand Shaft, a 140 ft triple staircase cut into the cliffs that served as a shortcut to town for troops on the Western Heights. Langdon Cliffs, Dover Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-cliffs-dover/
South Foreland Lighthouse
This beautiful Victorian lighthouse perched atop the White Cliffs of Dover was built in 1843 and has the distinction of being used by Marconi for the first successful attempts at radio navigation. Built to warn mariners of the shifting Goodwin Sands while guiding them through the Straits of Dover, it's also famous as the first lighthouse in the world to display an electric light.
The views of the English Channel are wonderful, and on a clear day you can see France. Inside, interpretive displays showcase the work involved to keep the lighthouse running, including maintaining the unique mechanism that made the lighthouse flash.
Location: The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover -- Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/south-foreland-lighthouse/
Dover Museum
The Dover Museum, located in the family visitor center in Market Square, houses three floors of objects and displays recounting the town's rich history from its Roman beginnings to the modern day. It's also home to the world's oldest known seagoing vessel, a prehistoric wooden boat thought to be about 3,000 years old. Location: Market Square, Dover -- Official site: www.dovermuseum.co.uk
Roman Painted House
The Roman Painted House was built about 200 AD and formed part of a large mansion used by travellers crossing the English Channel. It's the finest surviving Roman Period House in England, with unique painted walls (frescoes) and elaborate under-floor heating. Also on display are a variety of interesting artifacts from Roman Dover. Location: New St, Dover  Official site: www.theromanpaintedhouse.co.uk
Blériot Memorial
A memorial to aviator Louis Blériot - the first person to fly across the English Channel in 1909 - has been erected in Northfall Meadow, a small woods to the northeast of Dover Castle.
Pines Garden
The six-acre Pines Garden is a pleasant diversion after all that sightseeing in Dover. Located in St Margarets Bay just four miles away, these 'sustainable' gardens include a lovely cascade and adjoining lake, a grass labyrinth and an organic kitchen garden with over 40 different species of organic fruit and vegetables.
Be sure to check out the award-winning Pines Calyx, a conference center built into the hill using centuries old construction. Directly opposite the main entrance to Pines Garden is St. Margaret's Museum with a good selection of WWII artifacts.
Location: Beach Rd, St Margarets Bay, Dover -- Official site: www.pinesgardens.co.uk
Deal Castle
Built by Henry VIII in 1540, Deal Castle (just 11 miles north of Dover) is one of the finest Tudor castles in England, and is among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts that extends along the English Channel. Visitors can explore the whole castle - as much a stately home as it is a fortress - and afterwards stroll the pleasant grounds and gardens. Location: Marine Road, Deal -- Official site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/deal-castle/
Richborough Roman Fort
This English Heritage site just 15 miles north of Dover (near Ramsgate) marks the place not just where Roman rule began in the British Isles, but also where it ended. The impressive ruin of the Roman town at Richborough was where the Romans launched their successful invasion of Britain in 43 AD, and the extensive remains of the walls and defensive ditches are well worth exploring. Location: Richborough Rd, Sandwich -- Official site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/richborough-roman-fort-and-amphitheatre/
It is difficult to see all the main sites in London in a couple of hours. A zone 1-4, one day travelcard is your best deal to use the buses or subway. Price is £12 (Jan 2015). Single trip fare are very expensive to encourage the use of contactless Oyster cards (£4.80 vs £2.30 with Oyster). If in London for more than a day, it makes sense to get an Oyster card for a refundable £5 where the daily rate is capped to £6.40 for zones 1-2.
Houses of Parliament/Big Ben - Interesting tours of the parliament are available in the summer. Tube Westminster.
Westminster Abbey - Unlike most churches in Europe, churches in England tend to have admission fees. Adjacent to Parliament. Entry £16. http://www.westminster-abbey.org/
Piccadily Circus/Leicester Square - This area is London's main theater district. Chinatown is to the north of Leicester Square.
Trafalgar Square - This large square is home to the National Gallery (free).
South Bank Walk - A nice riverfront promenade through central London. A good route is to start at St Paul's Cathedral, cross the Millenium bridge and then head west to the London Eye.
St Paul's Cathedral - You can climb up to the dome. Entry £14.50 (Jan 2012). http://www.stpauls.co.uk/
London Eye - This large ferris wheel has nice views of London. Entry £19 (Jan 2012). http://www.londoneye.com
Tower of London - This old castle in central London is home to the crown jewels. Entry £20. http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/
Tower Bridge - Symbolic bridge beside Tower of London. Often mistaken for London Bridge. Observation level in one of the towers. Tower admission £8. http://www.towerbridge.org.uk
Dining Out in Dover
St. Albans, situated at 71 Folkestone Rd., has got the most scrumptious food in the locality. Featuring hearty breakfasts along with a great lunch menu, St. Albans is the greatest spot to eat in Dover. The snack menu has numerous scrumptious goodies, and you receive a free bottle of beer when you order light snacks. Country pubs nearby the New Inn, Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, +44 1303 862026, [8]. A 16th century coaching inn, country pub and very popular restaurant just a short drive from Dover (junction 12, M20). Fantastic reputation for fine cuisine, open seven days a week for lunches and evening meals. Terrific food, real ale, oak beams & cosy atmosphere. Indian cuisine curry Garden Restaurant, 24 High Street, Dover, Kent, +44 1304 206357. Opening Hours: 12 noon-3PM, 6PM-Midnight, 7 Days A Week including Bank Holidays. Dover's Oldest and Finest Indian Cuisine, situated on the main high street, close to the town hall. A Take Away Menu is available, offering 10% discount on all orders over £15 collected from the premises. Great special take away offer of 1/2 Price Take away, every 2nd Sunday of each month, on cash and collect orders only.Good selection of dishes on the menu.
Marine court Brewers Fayre (Dover), Marine court,  0870 990 6516. Located on Dover's Seafront with views of Dover ,The Marine Court Restaurant provides a quality environment for you to enjoy a great meal and modern Pub Food, Italian Cuisine Dino's, 58 Castle Street, ? 01304 204678, 12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm. Small but popular Italian Restaurant directly in the centre of town serving authentic Italian food. One of the better restaurants in town. 
The Cricketers Pub, Crabble Avenue (From Dover town centre, go up the one way system to Buckland Brige, turn left at first traffic lights and then first left into Crabble Avenue. The pub is opposite Dover Rugby and Football grounds), +44 1304 206396, [10]. M-W 3-12 Th-Su 12- 1.00PM. The Cricketers is a friendly village pub catering for all ages, situated in the village of River, located opposite the crabble cricket and rugby pitches, and home of Dover football club. The Cricketers has been an important focal point for the community for over 100 years.
Cinque Ports Arms (the cinq port arms), Clarence Place Western Docks Dover Kent CT17 9DQ England (situated in the heart of dovers western docks being the only pub is very simple to find), ? +44 1304 203907. If you're looking for great dover pub food, you've come to the right place. Sit back, relax and enjoy a great choice of dover pub sandwiches, dover pub jackets and dover pub snacks - all freshly prepared to order.
Dover's main shopping streets are Biggins and High St. Supermarket chains Asda and Morrisons can be found on Bridge St & Charlton Green. There is also a Co-op supermaket off Castle St by the Town Center. London's main shopping streets are Regent and Oxford. Covent Garden is a nice area with a covered market and lots of restaurants and shops.

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