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Trip List by Photoguy67

White Cliffs of Dover - Overnight stay with Brief Sightseeing

17 Sep 2009  World-traveled cruise line employee , photographer hobbiest always looking for photo opportunities
0.0 of 5 stars based on 0 votes

One-night layover waiting for my cruise ship.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dover
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Seniors, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Blakes of Dover
    Blakes of Dover, Dover, Kent

    Very good, 3.5 stars. Stayed for brief overnight 30 Aug 2009.
    Reccomend this one if you want to stay off the beaten path in a homey friendly place. Only 4 rooms upstairs over restaurant and celler pub. I had a superior double/family room on the 1st floor front at 75 GBP with one double and 2 single beds. A little expensive for a single without breakfast. I should have booked the regular room at 50 GBP. Very nice Pub in the cellar frequented by friendly locals. Friendly bartender/proprieter Peter and wife Kathryn were most hospitable. Breakfast available for an additional charge after 9 AM if arranged the night before. I didn't partake as I needed to leave earlier. Restaurtant is not operational, used only for breakfast. Good restaurant nearby, see other review. Located in town on a city street, Castle Street just below the Dover Castle on top of the hill. View from room of city street. Short walk to the sea front with fine views of the sea and the Cliffs. Reasonable walk to the ferries about 1/2 mile.

  • 2. Dino's Ristorante Italiano

    Family Italian restaurant, 58 Castle St, Dover, Kent (2 doors from Blakes of Dover HoteL/Pub)
    Warm friendly unpretensious family restaurant frequented by locals. Mama (about 4 ft 10 in.) is the chef and son and cousin are the waiters. They are from Southern Italy and have been operating the restaurant for 31 years! I dined at 8:30 Sunday night and the place was packed with locals, only 2 empty tables. Excellant food and resaonable prices. I had a 1st course pasta, main course, 2 glasses house wine and desert + tip for 31 GBP. Service was a little slow but they were very busy and it didn't bother me, was in no hurry. Highly recommed this, I would go again.

  • 3. Walking to see the White Cliffs

    I walked at night from my hotel on Castle St. to get closer to the cliffs and found East Cliff St. which runs along the base of cliffs. Homes on one side of the street back to the cliffs. Walked East Cliff St. toward the ferry terminals. Found a footpath that goes up the clliffs which I walked for a short way. There is an observation platform on top of the cliffs which can be ssen from below. The path looked promising and may eventually lead to the platform, not sure. It was dark and very deserted so elected not to climb higher. If it had been daylight I would have walked all the way to see where it lead.

  • 4. Dover Castle
    Dover Castle, Dover, Kent

    Imposing castle on top of the Cliffs that can been seen for miles. Looks to be the main attraction in the city of Dover. I did not have time to visit but would have liked to. Walked Castle St. from my hotel toward the castle and found the road that winds to the top of the hill. Looks like you can walk it but it is quite a climb, estimate 200 -300 ft vertical. Want to visit next time when I have the time.

  • 5. Dover Seaside Walk

    Walked from my hotel/pub on Castle St. to the sea front. Nice area for a stroll of up to a mile or more along the sea front. Wide sidewalk in park-like are with hotels and apartments along the frontage road. Ferry terminals to the East and city pier to the West which bound the waterfront inside the protective seawalls & jetties. There is beach access at various points. The beach is all cobble made up of smooth walnut to pea size stones. there is no surf as it is inside the breakwater. Can walk out on the public pier to the small lighthouse about 400 yards. Good view of the White Cliffs to the East, however, the scene is marred by the indusrtial ferry terminal area; not the best photogenic view for the cliffs. Worth the walk for the views and the exercise.