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

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.

 

History

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Dover, England

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

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.

 

History

Archeological finds have shown that there were Stone Age people in the area and that some Iron Age finds also exist. During the Roman period, the area became part of the Roman communications network. It was connected by road to Canterbury and Watling Street and it became Portus Dubris, a fortified port. Dover has a partly preserved Roman lighthouse (the tallest surviving Roman structure in Britain) and the remains of a villa with the only preserved Roman wall painting outside Italy. Dover later figured in the Domesday Book.

Forts were built above the port and lighthouses were constructed to guide passing ships. It is one of the Cinque Ports. and has served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the French during the Napoleonic Wars and Germany during the Second World War.

Geography and climate

Dover is in the south-east corner of Britain. From South Foreland, the nearest point to the European mainland, Cap Gris Nez is 34 kilometers (21 mi) away across the Strait of Dover.

The site of its original settlement lies in the valley of the River Dour, sheltering from the prevailing south-westerly winds. This has led to the silting up of the river mouth by the action of longshore drift. The town has been forced into making artificial breakwaters to keep the port in being. These breakwaters have been extended and adapted so that the port lies almost entirely on reclaimed land.

The higher land on either side of the valley – the Western Heights and the eastern high point on which Dover Castle stands – has been adapted to perform the function of protection against invaders. The town has gradually extended up the river valley, encompassing several villages in doing so. Little growth is possible along the coast since the cliffs are on the sea's edge. The railway, being tunneled and embanked, skirts the foot of the cliffs.

Dover has an oceanic climate (Koppen classification Cfb) similar to the rest of the United Kingdom with mild temperatures year-round and a light amount of rainfall each month. The warmest recorded temperature was 31 °C (88 °F) and the coldest was −8 °C (18 °F), but the temperature is usually between 3 °C (37 °F) and 21.1 °C (70.0 °F). There is evidence that the sea is coldest in February; the warmest recorded temperature for February was only 13 °C (55 °F), compared with 16 °C (61 °F) in January.

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Dover, England: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the Dover cruise terminal. It is located about 75 miles from London.
There are 2 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 is the main bus operator in the Dover area. Maps, Timetables, and Fare information are available on their website. Stagecoach runs 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.

Indian Cuisine

  • Curry Garden Restaurant, 24 High Street, ☎ +44 1304 206357. 12 noon-3 PM, 6 PM-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. 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 center, go up the one-way system to Buckland Bridge, 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 Dover's 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


English is the main language.

LOCAL TIME

9:42 pm
May 20, 2019
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CURRENT WEATHER

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