Things to do in and around Dover and White Cliffs Country
Most people have heard of Dover Castle, the impressive fortress which stands watch over the ferries slipping in and out of the Port of Dover. But not everyone knows about the many other wonderful attractions to be found around the town and in the district beyond.
First Light Country refers to the White Cliffs coast, considered to be the place where the first sunlight of the day hits Britain. The National Trust’s White Cliffs Visitor Centre has information on the history of the iconic cliffs and the flora and fauna found there.
Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Dover, CT16 1HJ. Telephone: 01304 202756
Pines Calyx Garden is a managed organic garden where the underlying theme is sustainable living and sustainable land management. Opposite the garden there is a tea room and visitor centre, which features changing displays on environmental themes and local history.
Beach Road, St Margaret’s Bay, CT15 6DZ. Telephone: 01304 851737
South Foreland Lighthouse sits atop the White Cliffs and visitors to this National Trust property can expect to enjoy stunning views out across the English Channel. It was here that Marconi made his first radio broadcast to France and where Faraday experimented with using electric lamps.
The Front, St Margaret's Bay, CT15 6HP. Telephone: 01304 852463
Need for speed
Lydden Hill race circuit is situated in an area of outstanding beauty and at just one mile long is the shortest racing track in the UK. The circuit stages regular events which will provide plenty of drama for petrolheads.
Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wootton, CT4 6ET. Telephone: 01304 830 557
Eat and drink
There are lots of great places to eat and drink in Dover district, and these three pubs offer something for everyone. The Berry in Walmer has won numerous awards for its commitment to real ale and cider. The Coastguard by the water’s edge in St Margaret’s Bay is known for its great food and stunning views. And finally the picturesque Old Lantern in Martin, a small village outside Dover, is a fine example of an English country pub.
The Berry, Canada Rd, Deal, CT14 7EQ. Telephone: 01304 362411
The Coastguard, The Bay, St Margaret’s Bay, CT15 6DY. Telephone: 01304 853176
The Old Lantern, The Street, Martin, CT15 5JL. Telephone: 01304 852276
Crabble Corn Mill is one of the most complete working examples of a Georgian watermill in Europe. Situated on the River Dour in River, it is a working museum and also has a cafe and a licensed bar.
Lower Road, River, CT17 0UY. Telephone: 01304 823292
Walmer Castle is a coastal Tudor fortress which is also the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Visitors to the castle can visit the rooms which housed Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the Duke of Wellington, and even a pair of the Duke’s famous boots.
Kingsdown Road, Deal, CT14 7LJ.
MyFerryLink offers up to 16 sailing between Calais and Dover every day and you can book your crossing from £19 one way by visiting our booking page on the website
or by calling 0844 2482 100.