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DOVER VISITOR CENTRE
Mon - Sat 09:30 to 17:00 | Sun 10:00 to 15:00
The White Cliffs of Dover are perhaps the biggest draw for tourists. It is the first sight when arriving at Dover Cruise Terminals and a magnificent iconic natural landmark.
Discover Dover and have the opportunity to Explore England's oldest county. Kent is famed for its unique castles, cathedrals and country houses. In fact it's such a popular destination that, at last count, Kent welcomes in the region of 58 million visitors yearly. It's a perfect pre and post cruise destination.
In addition to easy and direct motorway access to London, High Speed rail links from Dover mean cruise passengers can easily visit the Capital's sites such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, plus many more.
The Garden of England
Kent is world-renowned for its incredible historic gardens, bursting with fragrance and colour. These majestic sites were created for royals, lords and ladies over the centuries and are now open to the public. With its hop farms, vineyards and fruit orchids, Kent truly is 'the Garden of England'.
Resplendent with its stunning ornamental gateway and one of the world's oldest cathedrals, Spectacular Canterbury Cathedral is a must-see for any visitor to Kent. Also topping the list of sacred places is Rochester Cathedral, England's second oldest cathedral dating from 604 A.D.
Set abgove the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, the historic Castle offers a fascinating insight into frontline Britain over the centuries. Its maze of secret wartime tunnels recall conflicts dating from the Napoleonic era, to Dunkirk in World War 2, and the Cold War. A mere 35 minute drive from Dover lies Leeds Castle, dubbed the 'loveliest castle in the world'.
Also within easy reach are the castles of Hever, Walmer and Deal where visitors can explore the colourful life and times of Henry VIII.
Arts & Culture
Kent's landscapes and culture have inspired artistic and literary greats as Turner and Dickens, a trend that continues to this day with an enviable range of museums, state-of-the-art galleries and festivals on offer. Key attractions include the Turner Contemporary gallery, Folkestone's vibrant Creative Quarter, and the innovative Marlowe Theatre.
From the boutique-lined medieval streets of Canterbury to antique-packed Royal Tunbridge Wells, Ashford's not-to-be-missed Designer Outlet, or modern shopping malls like Bluewater, Kent offers a wealth of shopping choices for every taste.
De Bradelei Wharf is the main designer retail outlet in Dover, a large discount store offering great prices on big brand names. Located close to the waterfront, it has a maritime feel and is laid out as an open plan shopping centre selling ladies & mens clothing, shoes, bed linens, gifts, books, kitchen and general home ware. Dover's town centre also has a variety of high street shops, the majority of which are located on Biggin Street. Shops include Argos, Boots, Peacocks, M&S, WH Smiths and many more.
Nature & Wildlife
With cliff-backed beaches, haunting marshes, undulating downs, bird-packed reserves, old English trees in ancient woods and African animals in savannah-style parks, Kent's many outstanding natural attractions are easily explored from Dover. For family fun, Howletts and Port Lympne Wildlife parks offer a safari-style adventure where you can meet gorillas, elephants, lions and much more.
Outdoors & Active
Framed by sandy beaches, coves and secluded bays, the beautiful Kentish coastline offers endless opportunities for all ages to discover the great outdoors. Hike, bike or horse ride along tranquil nature trails, stroll above the famous White Cliffs, go surfing and kayaking, or explore Kent's idyllic rural landscape. The area is also home to premier golf courses such as the links at Royal St George's in Sandwich, a frequent Open Golf championship venue.
Being home to the magnificent White Cliffs, Dover has a fantastic range of walking routes and sporting options for the more active visitor. The White Cliffs themselves come under the stewardship of the National Trust and offer a host of walks along the top of the cliffs and surrounding areas. A Visitor Centre can be found upon arrival with walking maps, guides, cafe and useful facilities. Dover's Western Heights compromises a series of forts and strongholds used to protect the country from invasion. Now they are a local nature reserve and offer some great walks with stunning views across the Channel. On the waterfront there is also Dover Sea Sports Centre, offering a range of sea sports including everything from windsurfing to power boating.
Whether you are heading down the night before your cruise or have just arrived and looking to spend a few days in the town, there are plenty of accommodation options in Dover. From reliable chains such as Best Western and Premier Inn to the more personal B&B's, there is something to suit all tastes.
Best Western Dover Marina Hotel & Spa is located on the waterfront, overlooking the sea, and is ideally located between the Eastern and Western Docks. Premier Inn have three chains throughout Dover, one along Marine Parade close to the Dover Ferry Terminal, another further up the A2, close by Dover Castle and a third just off the A20 on the way to Dover and the Cruise Terminals.
Accommodation can also be found via the Hoteliers Group on www.stayindover.co.uk or through the Tourist Office, Market Square, Dover or Tel:+44 (0) 1304 205 108.