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“Great Castle, Not As Crowded”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dover Castle

Dover Castle
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US$326.47*
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White Cliffs of Dover Private Half-Day Tour from Dover
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Dover
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors. Then delve deep within Dover's White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the 20th century, in an action-packed day out.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking
Savannah, GA
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“Great Castle, Not As Crowded”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2007

We were at Dover Castle on March 22, which was a great time to avoid crowds. The Secret Wartime Tunnels onsite are definitely worth seeing.

The keep has a decent (but not extraordinary) display related to Henry VIII, and there is a nice audio-visual presentation on the Siege of 1216. The interior of the keep has the austere stone feel one might expect of a medieval castle. There is an impressive model of a trebuchet on the grounds.

Combine this with the Roman lighthouse onsite (reputedly the tallest remaining Roman structure in England), and you have one attraction that covers an impressive range of historical importance, from Roman times through WWII.

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“Great historical find, although some sections are closed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2007

I found the tunnels fascinating, especially as an American who hadn't
heard very much about Operation Dynamo (the evacuation of Allied Troops from Dunkirk as Germany captured France). Our tour guide was knowledgable, friendly, and stayed to answer additional questions.

The only downside was that a major section of the tunnels were closed
(including the hospital and the part where bombings are simulated). They should be open later in 2007, but you may want to check before you go.

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A Southern State
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“An amazing place with a country's history on view in one dramatic location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2007

SO very interesting...with history dating back from Roman day up to WWII. We wish we'd had more time here - there is much to see! Check opening days in winter and dress warmly! We heard one child - getting out of the car while the hill-top wind was blowing - say, "Mum, are you mad?" It was a hassle to visit on a cold day, but very well worth it!! We had an English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass which made it easy to visit on two different days.

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“Visit the tunnels”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2006

As you drive down towards the coast you get a fantastic view of Dover Castle.

It was a surprise to me as, for some reason, I thought it was a ruin but it is in fact completely intact, with fortification walls and a keep.

Although a bit expensive (£9.50) it is a good day out. The tour of the World War 2 tunnels is included in the price. English Heritage, which runs the site, has done a good job of making the tunnel tour interesting and added a bit of educational stuff in the castle's keep too.

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“Pathetic”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2006

16 September 2006. Tour guide was pathetic. All he said was take your time. He didn't give us a tour he simply led the way and when it was safe to do so he left us on our own. I am still in the dark regarding the history etc of the tunnel.

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