Apart from being a ferry port, Dover is a small town in the county of Kent, sometimes called ‘The Garden of England’. On a clear day you can see the magnificent white cliffs from the Calais ferry port, and it’s certainly a welcoming site as ferries head towards England. The town is named after the river that flows through Dover, the River Dour.
Dover faces France at its narrowest point across the channel, which is why ferries between Dover Calais are the quickest way to get to France across the Strait of Dover. For many thousands of years, the Strait of Dover has served as Britain's gateway to Europe for millions of visitors.
Its position has of course been particularly important throughout history and the town played a significant role in both First and Second World Wars. The military barracks were closed in 2007.
If you’re planning to stay in Dover there’s a good choice of hotels, from the 4-star Dover Marina Hotel & Spa on the seafront to the White Cliffs hotel in the lovely village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, less than a mile from the beautiful beach at St. Margaret's Bay and only 7 minutes drive from the ferry port.
There’s also a Premier Inn right next to the ferry terminal and many bed and breakfast establishments within the town.
There are numerous car parks. A short and long stay multi-storey car park sits next to the Terminal plus a choice of pay and display car parks, operated by Dover District Council.
Parking is generally between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday (including Bank Holidays) with some also charging for Sundays too. Note that most machines also accept Euros.
Popular for its White Cliffs, Dover is also famous for its wide range of military architecture and defences. Other attractions in Dover include St Margaret's Museum, Dover Castle, South Foreland Lighthouse, the Butterfly Centre and the Discovery Centre.
Dover Ferry Port
Attracting millions of passengers every year, the famous Dover ferry port claims to be one of the busiest ferry ports in the world. Dover offers some of the cheapest and fastest ferry crossings to mainland Europe.
- Vending machines
- Multi-storey car park at the entrance
- Convenience stores selling drinks, sandwiches, confectionery, snacks, books, newspapers and travel essentials.