About this Attraction

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of an empire to a Cold War bunker.
They protect an internationally-important collection of historic sites and artefacts which span six millennia, from the ancient past to the present day and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages.


Guardian of the ‘Gateway to England’, this giant of a castle displays a solid strength and determination that has obviously carried it through many troubled times. Proudly standing atop the White Cliffs, overlooking this busy port, Dover has withstood the test of time remarkably well throughout it’s long and eventful history. Dover Castle, as it stands today, dates from the rebuilding work during Henry II’s reign, but the site has been of vital importance since the Iron Age. The first castle was probably an Anglo-Saxon fortress and, on the arrival of William the Conqueror, the existing fortifications were improved with the building of an earthwork castle. This Norman ‘motte’ (mound) which supported the castle is today known as ‘Castle Hill’. Work began on the castle in the latter part of the 12th century with the construction of the Keep (or Great Tower) – the largest in Britain – and is entered through a forebuilding more substantial than any other built before or since. At each corner of the Keep lies a buttress turret, and mid-way along each wall is a pilaster buttress. Four storeys high, the Keep comprises a basement, first floor, and a second floor that spans two storeys, the upper level of which is a mural gallery that can be seen today at the end of the Great Armour Hall. The second storey provided the royal accommodation, and the first floor, based on a similar plan to the second, contained rooms with a much less elaborate décor. All floors were connected by staircases set in the north and south corner turrets.

COMPLIMENTARY POLICY: One free place for the Tour Leader for groups of 11 or more paying persons.

Last Updated: 12.11.2020

How to find this Attraction

Box 36 Room 2/60
The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue


​CHILD POLICY: 0-4 years FREE, 5-17 years charged at discounted rate (see Tariff).

​CANCELLATION POLICY: No charge unless special arrangements have been made (e.g. a guided tour or catering booked) in which case full charges may apply.