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Dover, England

Dover is a port in East Kent, in the South East of England.

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Dover has been a permanent settlement since at least the time of the Romans, who were the first to record its presence, giving it the name Dubris. It also marked the start of Watling Street, a major Roman road. The Roman lighthouse built on the present-day site of

Dover Castle

is one of the oldest buildings in Britain.
Today Dover is a major port town facing into the English Channel and, at just 21 miles from the French port of Calais, it is the closest port to continental Europe on mainland Britain. It is most famous for its

white chalk cliffs

which have been celebrated... Read more

Dover, England

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Dover is a port in East Kent, in the South East of England.

Understand

Dover has been a permanent settlement since at least the time of the Romans, who were the first to record its presence, giving it the name Dubris. It also marked the start of Watling Street, a major Roman road. The Roman lighthouse built on the present-day site of

Dover Castle

is one of the oldest buildings in Britain.
Today Dover is a major port town facing into the English Channel and, at just 21 miles from the French port of Calais, it is the closest port to continental Europe on mainland Britain. It is most famous for its

white chalk cliffs

which have been celebrated in song.

Etymology

First recorded in its Latinised form of Portus Dubris, the name derives from the Brythonic word for waters (dwfr in Middle Welsh). The same element is present in the towns French (Douvres) and Modern Welsh (Dofr) forms, as well as the name of the river Dour and is evident in other English towns such as Wendover.

A 2013 study suggested the name may come from an ancient word for 'double bank' referring to the shingle spit(s) that formed across the harbour entrance, for which a word dover is still used in the Isle of Wight. Subsequent name forms included Doverre.

The current name was in use at least by the time of Shakespeare's King Lear (between 1603 and 1606), in which the town and its cliffs play a prominent role. The sight of the white cliffs when approaching Dover may have given the island of Britain its ancient name of Albion.

History

Dover’s history, because of its proximity to France, has always been of great strategic importance to Britain. Archaeological finds have shown that there were Stone Age people in the area; and that by the Bronze Age the maritime influence was already strong. Some Iron Age finds exist also, but the coming of the Romans made Dover part of their communications network. Like Lemanis (Lympne) and Rutupiae (Richborough) Dover was connected by road to Canterbury and Watling Street; and it became Portus Dubris, a fortified port. Forts were built above the port; lighthouses were constructed to guide passing ships; and one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Britain is here.

Dover figured largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. It also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the French during the Napoleonic Wars; and against Germany during the Second World War. It was one of the Cinque Ports during medieval times.

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Dover, England: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the Dover cruise terminal. It is located around 75 miles from London.
There are two terminals in this harbor. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 for large cruise ships.
Taxis are available. Your cruise company may organize a transfer to London.  

Get around Dover, England


By bus

Stagecoach East Kent 2 are the main bus operator in the Dover area. Maps, Timetables and Fare information are available on their website. Stagecoach run both urban, rural and inter-urban local buses, including regular buses to Deal, Folkestone, Canterbury and further afield.

By foot

Dover is small enough that much of it can reasonably be explored on foot. The main shops are in King Street, Cannon Street and Biggin Street.

What to see in Dover, England


  • Dover Castle, Castle Hill, CT16 1HU, ☎ +44 1304 211067. Known as the "Key to England", the castle has 2,000 years of history contained within its walls, including a Roman lighthouse, a Saxon church and a Norman keep. Below ground a series of casements and tunnels have been dug into the chalk. From these tunnels Operation Dynamo (the Dunkirk evacuation) was planned. 
  • Battle of Britain Memorial

    - A very touching memorial dedicated to the men who fought and died in Britain's most desperate hour. Vintage airplanes are also on display.
  • Roman Painted House. Well preserved ruins of a Roman townhouse that includes a hypocaust heating system and mosaic fragments.
  • The White Cliffs of Dover, Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, CT16 1HJ, ☎ +44 1304 202756, e-mail: whitecliffs@nationaltrust.org.uk. ​
  • South Foreland Lighthouse, The Front, St Margaret's Bay, CT15 6HP, ☎ +44 1304 852463, e-mail: southforeland@nationaltrust.org.uk.
  • Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery. Includes a 3,500 year old wooden boat that was found preserved in mud.
  • Grand Shaft. Triple staircase constructed in Napoleonic times to enable quick troop movements between Townwall Street and the abandoned Western Heights fortifications.

What to do in Dover, England


There is a cliff-top 6 km walk from near the Eastern Docks to St Margaret's Bay.

  • Walk the scenic North Downs Way, a walking trail that follows the low hills that run alongside the coast

What to eat and drink in Dover, England


Eat

Country pubs nearby

  • The New Inn, ☎ +44 1303 862026. Canterbury Road, Etchinghill. A 16th century coaching inn, country pub and very popular restaurant just a short drive from Dover (junction 12, M20). Fantastic reputation for fine cuisine, open seven days a week for lunches and evening meals. Terrific food, real ale, oak beams & cosy atmosphere.

Indian Cuisine

  • Curry Garden Restaurant, 24 High Street, ☎ +44 1304 206357. 12 noon-3PM, 6PM-Midnight, 7 Days A Week including Bank Holidays. Dover's Oldest and Finest Indian Cuisine, situated on the main high street, close to the town hall. A Take Away Menu is available, offering 10% discount on all orders over £15 collected from the premises. Great special take away offer of 1/2 Price Take away, every 2nd Sunday of each month, on cash and collect orders only.Good selection of dishes on the menu.
  • Marine court Brewers Fayre (Dover), Marine court, ☎ +44 870 990 6516. Located on Dover's Seafront with views of Dover ,The Marine Court Restaurant provides a quality environment for you to enjoy a great meal and modern Pub Food

Drink

  • The Cricketers Pub, Crabble Avenue (From Dover town centre, go up the one way system to Buckland Brige, turn left at first traffic lights and then first left into Crabble Avenue. The pub is opposite Dover Rugby and Football grounds), ☎ +44 1304 206396. M-W 3-12 Th-Su 12- 1.00PM. The Cricketers is a friendly village pub catering for all ages, situated in the village of River, located opposite the crabble cricket and rugby pitches, and home of Dover football club. The Cricketers has been an important focal point for the community for over 100 years.
  • Cinque Ports Arms (the cinq port arms), Clarence Place Western Docks, CT17 9DQ (situated in the heart of dovers western docks being the only pub is very simple to find), ☎ +44 1304 203907. If you're looking for great dover pub food, you've come to the right place. Sit back, relax and enjoy a great choice of dover pub sandwiches, dover pub jackets and dover pub snacks - all freshly prepared to order.

 

Shopping in Dover, England


The main shops are in King Street, Cannon Street and Biggin Street.

Safety in Dover, England


Kent is a generally safe area and you are very unlikely to experience any trouble during your visit.

Language spoken in Dover, England


Unsurprisingly, English is the main language in England, though it is spoken with many different accents throughout the country.

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