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Dover has a whole host of unique attractions, so whether you are coming from Europe and looking to explore the town or arriving earlier before your onward travel, you will not be stuck for something to do.
The White Cliffs of Dover are a magnificent and world famous natural landmark and the first sight when arriving from mainland Europe. Dover Castle overlooks the town and has long been regarded as one of the most important fortresses in England. It is also one of the best preserved and the on-site Secret Wartime Tunnels give a fascinating insight into the lives of soldiers during Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkerque, during the Second World War.
Dover Museum features the world's only Bronze Age Boat, discovered in Dover in the early 90's. The surrounding areas also feature a variety of attractions from the nearby South Foreland Lighthouse on top of the White Cliffs to the Samphire Hoe, a man-made nature reserve created during the construction of the Channel Tunnel.
Whether you are heading down the night before your ferry crossing or have just arrived and looking to spend a few days in the town, there are plenty of accommodation options in Dover. From 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 Dover Ferry Terminal and Dover town centre. 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.
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.
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 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.
Dover Walking Routes and Sport
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 England 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.
Both Channel port destinations - Calais and Dunkerque - promise a terrific range of hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping as well as wine and beer outlets - no matter how long or how brief your stay there.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover to Calais allow you to do what the budget airlines can't - and that's to discover parts of Northern France and Europe that are a bit closer to home.
Just twenty-odd miles from the White Cliffs of Dover, there's a lot more to Calais than large supermarkets, wine emporiums and tobacco stores.
Dunkerque is also a destination not to be missed. Since the war, Dunkerque has rebuilt both its town and its economy, and has grown into France’s third largest port.
When you arrive in Dover there will be a number of useful services available from supermarkets to car hire. If you have arrived into Dover by ferry as a foot passenger and looking for a car to hire, there are four car hire companies located throughout Dover.
Avis is situated at the Eastern Docks and the closest to the ferry terminal. Further along the A20 heading through the town you will find Europa, Hertz and finally Enterprise which is located by Dover Marina.
There are two BP garages along the A20 in Dover, one by Dover Cruise Terminals and another closer to the Dover Ferry Terminal. Here you'll be able to fill up your car or buy essential groceries. In the town centre you will also find a host of grocery buying options, including several supermarkets.